The Woman and the Beast (1917)

Drama | April 1917

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HISTORY

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

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
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DATE
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ETR
12 May 17
p. 1606.
MPN
12 May 17
p. 3014-15.
MPW
21 Apr 17
p. 379.
Variety
21 Dec 17
p. 1606.
Wid's
13 Dec 17
p. 795.
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Release Date:
April 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
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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