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Kings of the Forest (1912)

John Kruge and his good wife are quaint, old-fashioned Boers, living in comfort on an isolated farm in the Transvaal wilderness. The one joy of their life is their beautiful daughter, Sona,... See full summary »

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Colin Campbell

Writers:

Otto Breitkreutz (story), Colin Campbell (scenario)
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Tom Santschi ... Fritz - Sona's Husband
Betty Harte ... Sona - Fritz's Wife
Frank Richardson Frank Richardson ... John Kruge - Sona's Father
Anna Dodge Anna Dodge ... Mrs. Kruge - Sona's Mother
Roy Watson Roy Watson ... John Vogel
Baby Lillian Wade ... Iona - Fritz & Sona's Child
Florence Dye Florence Dye
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John Kruge and his good wife are quaint, old-fashioned Boers, living in comfort on an isolated farm in the Transvaal wilderness. The one joy of their life is their beautiful daughter, Sona, Sona has grown up to maturity, and her father has selected a husband for her, a staunch, big-hearted Boer, rich in the world's goods, but many years the senior of Sona, John Vogel by name, and an old friend of the family. The young lady has a preference of her own in the person of Fritz Kransmitt, Kruge's man of all work, a stalwart young fellow who loves Sona devotedly. John Vogel, upon seeing with his own eyes how things stand, gives way to his rival, and Fritz and Sona are soon married. The young couple leave the parental roof and make a home of their own in the distant jungle. Wild animals abound in this vicinity, and weapons are carried at all times. Sona and Fritz prosper and time slips on. A baby girl is born to the young couple and Sona names the child Iona. Three or four years more elapse,... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Idiotic But Thrilling
5 October 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

When Roy Watson comes visiting their wheat farm in the middle of the Indian jungle, he kisses Betty Hart in greeting. Her husband, Tom Santschi, objects and the men start fighting. Betty will have none of this, so she hitches up the ox-cart and takes the baby into the jungle, which is infested with lions and leopards. She and the baby lie down and take a nap.

That's the set-up as it appears in this Selig Polyscope two-reeler and you can watch it on the Eye Institute site on Youtube if you like. You may very well enjoy it, because the big cats are the point of this film and they are pretty good. This was no accident. Selig collected his menagerie early on and by the end of the decade, when he gave up on making films, he still rented his animals to other film-makers. He would later try to set up a paying zoo, but that didn't work out.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1912 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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