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Lost in the Jungle (1911)

Jan Kruga and his daughter Meta live on a farm in the Transvaal. The nearest neighbor, Sir John Morgan, lives 20 miles away, and it is only on rare intervals that she ever goes even that ... See full summary »

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Otis Turner
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Cast overview:
Kathlyn Williams ... Meta Kruga
William V. Mong ... Jan Kruga
Frank Weed ... Sir John Morgan
Charles Clary ... Hirshal
Ernest Anderson Ernest Anderson ... Hans
Tom Santschi ... Undetermined Role
Toodles ... Elephant
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Jan Kruga and his daughter Meta live on a farm in the Transvaal. The nearest neighbor, Sir John Morgan, lives 20 miles away, and it is only on rare intervals that she ever goes even that far away from her isolated home. Toddles, a work elephant on her father's farm, is her only pet and in the first part of our story we see her befriend him from a cruel keeper. Hans, a neighboring Boer farmer calls and asks for Meta's hand in marriage. The girl is ordered by her father to accept Hans' attentions. She has been taught to obey and when Hans gives her a love offering, a huge necklace of beads, she meekly offers her cheek for the betrothal kiss. Sir John's nephew, Hirshal, comes for a visit from England and Sir John brings him for a friendly call on the Krugas. Meta's heart awakens at the sight of the handsome, young Englishman, and she returns Hans's necklace. The father, however, orders her to marry Hans, or never darken his door again. Meta refuses, and is driven away by the heartless, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1911 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forvildet i Urskoven See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Early Selig film preserved by EYE Film Institute Netherlands
18 September 2016 | by jcogSee all my reviews

I was surprised and pleased to see "Lost in the Jungle" (1911 - Selig) on YouTube. The 16-minute film with Dutch subtitles has been preserved by EYE Film Institute Netherlands. The clarity is remarkable. Set in the Transvaal and directed by Otis Turner, "Lost in the Jungle" gives one an indication of the type of short that Selig was churning out in volume (over 160 in 1911 alone) It was a thrill to see William V. Mong in one of his early performances as Jan Kruga, the inconsiderate father of Kathlyn Williams (who was one of Selig's major stars at the time). Reportedly Williams was clawed by one of the leopards who appear, along with other animals from Selig's zoo (including Toodles the elephant). Charles Clary is also seen as the wealthy son of Frank Weed who wins Williams' heart. Although the plot is fairly predictable, the film represents a valued piece of film history. Thanks to EYE for saving this one.


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