The Woman and the Beast (1917)

Drama | April 1917

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Animal trainer Captain Jack Bonavita, who was killed by one of his own lions before this film's release, served as Alphonse Ethier's double in the fight scene with a ... More Less

Animal trainer Captain Jack Bonavita, who was killed by one of his own lions before this film's release, served as Alphonse Ethier's double in the fight scene with a lion. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
12 May 1917
p. 1606
Motion Picture News
12 May 1917
p. 3014-3015
Motion Picture News
4 Aug 1917
p. 809
Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual
1918
p. 40
Motography
12 May 1917
p. 995
Motography
19 May 1917
p. 1063
Motography
26 May 1917
p. 1117
Motography
30 Jun 1917
p. 1377
Motography
7 Jul 1917
p. 53
Moving Picture World
21 Apr 1917
p. 379
Moving Picture World
5 May 1917
p. 821, 864
Moving Picture World
9 Jun 1917
p. 1633
Moving Picture World
16 Jun 1917
p. 1803
Moving Picture World
17 Jul 1917
p. 102
Moving Picture World
22 Dec 1917
p. 1827
Variety
21 Dec 1917
p. 1606
Wid's Daily
13 Dec 1917
p. 795
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES
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CREDITED AS
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DIRECTOR
WRITER
Scen
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Release Date:
April 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

John, an Italian musician, comes to America and settles in a small Italian enclave where he courts and marries Rosa, a beautiful widow, thus incurring the enmity of Big Frank, Rosa's former suitor. John's peaceful demeanor antagonizes his hot-tempered wife, and frequent quarrels result, but their mutual love for Rosa's little daughter usually reconciles the pair. When the circus comes to town, Big Frank stabs and kills the tent man and hides in the woods. In the ruckus a lion escapes, and Rosa's little daughter, frightened by the sight of the beast, is injured in a fall. Roused by his wife's taunts of cowardice, John joins the hunt for the lion. Rosa, repenting her outburst of temper, goes in search of her husband and is attacked by Frank who runs off when a priest appears. Meanwhile John sees the lion enter a shack at the foot of a hill. Frank, seeking refuge, enters the shack and is attacked by the lion. From the ridge above, John loosens a huge rock which falls upon the shack, killing the lion and Frank. Rosa then proclaims her husband a hero, and all their differences are ... +


John, an Italian musician, comes to America and settles in a small Italian enclave where he courts and marries Rosa, a beautiful widow, thus incurring the enmity of Big Frank, Rosa's former suitor. John's peaceful demeanor antagonizes his hot-tempered wife, and frequent quarrels result, but their mutual love for Rosa's little daughter usually reconciles the pair. When the circus comes to town, Big Frank stabs and kills the tent man and hides in the woods. In the ruckus a lion escapes, and Rosa's little daughter, frightened by the sight of the beast, is injured in a fall. Roused by his wife's taunts of cowardice, John joins the hunt for the lion. Rosa, repenting her outburst of temper, goes in search of her husband and is attacked by Frank who runs off when a priest appears. Meanwhile John sees the lion enter a shack at the foot of a hill. Frank, seeking refuge, enters the shack and is attacked by the lion. From the ridge above, John loosens a huge rock which falls upon the shack, killing the lion and Frank. Rosa then proclaims her husband a hero, and all their differences are reconciled. +

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