The Lion's Claws

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The Lion's Claws
Directed by Harry Harvey
Jacques Jaccard
Written by Jacques Jaccard
W. B. Pearson
Starring Marie Walcamp
Ray Hanford
Distributed by Universal Film Manufacturing Co.
Release date
  • April 6, 1918 (1918-04-06)
Running time
18 episodes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Lion's Claws is a 1918 American adventure film serial directed by Harry Harvey and Jacques Jaccard. The serial, which had 18 chapters, is considered to be a lost film.[1]

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Like many American films of the time, The Lion's Claws was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required cuts, in Chapter 2, Reel 1, the shooting of a man in a house;[2] in Chapter 4, Reel 2, shortened the scene of man choking a young woman and cut the closeup of her being choked;[3] in Chapter 5, Reel 1, Arab choking young woman, shooting Arab and his falling, and, Reel 2, shooting Arab and his falling; in Chapter 6, Reel 1, two scenes of shooting black man and white man, closeup of King and soldier in knife duel on floor and scene on platform where knife descends, Reel 2, placing young woman on block and last two torture scenes were machine descends;[4] in Chapter 7, Reel 1, closeup of strangling young woman, two close views of young woman chained to rack, two scenes of spikes descending, and, in Reel 2, closeup of knives suspended over men's heads;[5] in Chapter 8, Reel 1, swords suspended over bound men, two scenes of attacks on natives inside house, reduce to half seven scenes of natives shooting at soldiers, Reel 2, two scenes of choking natives, all views of young woman where her figure is clearly shown through her draperies to include scene where she is shown in group in harem and five scenes of her struggling with natives, two fight scenes in which natives are beaten, and two choking scenes;[6] in Chapter 9, Reel 1, flash scene of semi-nude young woman after she is pulled from tank, shooting man at bank, and shooting man and his falling;[7] in Chapter 10, two closeups of binding young woman's hands and feet;[8] in Chapter 11, Reel 1, shooting man and man falling from horse and, Reel 2, shooting man and man falling down cliff;,[9] in Chapter 14, Reel 1, two scenes of muffling young woman, Reel 2, scene of man with spear in back, four scenes of binding man and young woman to posts and lighting fire under them, shooting native, and native with spear in back,[10] and, in Chapter 15, Reel 1, two closeups of man's bloody face.[11]

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  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Lion's Claws". silentera.com. Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (16): 31. April 13, 1918.  (cuts in Chapter 2)
  3. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (20): 31. May 11, 1918.  (cuts in Chapter 4)
  4. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (21): 31. May 18, 1918.  (cuts in Chapters 5 and 6)
  5. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (22): 30. May 25, 1918.  (cuts in Chapter 7)
  6. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (24): 31. June 8, 1918.  (cuts in Chapter 8)
  7. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (25): 31. June 15, 1918.  (cuts in Chapter 9)
  8. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 7 (1): 47. June 29, 1918.  (cuts in Chapter 10)
  9. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 7 (2): 31. July 6, 1918.  (cuts in Chapter 11)
  10. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 7 (7): 60. August 10, 1918.  (cuts in Chapter 14)
  11. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 7 (6): 41. August 3, 1918.  (cuts in Chapter 15)

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