The Lad and the Lion (1917)

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When William Bankinton (Will Machin) is shipwrecked, his loses his memory. He is able to make his way in the wilds with the help of a lion. Sheik Ali-Es Hadji (Al W. Filson) lives nearby, and Bankinton meets and falls in love with his daughter, Nakkla (Vivian Reed). But Nakkla is being pursued by an ardent and imperious bandit chief, Ben Saada (Charles LeMoyne). Saada tries to kidnap Nakkla, but the lion jumps in and kills him, while Bankinton rescues her. In the melee, Bankinton falls and his memory is restored. His gets his sense of civilization back, along with getting the girl. If this story seems to bear some similarities to Tarzan, it's no surprise since it was written by Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs. Apparently, the lion chosen for the film was not as docile as he was supposed to have been, thus it was necessary to use trick photography in the scenes where lions and humans comingled. Unfortunately, no known copies of The Lad and the Lion have survived.



amnesia, hero, lion, rescue, shipwreck, villain, wilderness