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'''''Lions on the Loose''''' was a PG 9 minute documentary short film released on May 24th, 1941.<ref>[https://www.msn.com/en-ca/entertainment/rf-watch-online/movies/lions-on-the-loose MSN page on ''Lions on the Loose''.] Retrieved 10 Aug '19</ref>
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'''''Lions on the Loose''''' was a PG 9-minute documentary short film released on May 24th, 1941.<ref>[https://www.msn.com/en-ca/entertainment/rf-watch-online/movies/lions-on-the-loose MSN page on ''Lions on the Loose''.] Retrieved 10 Aug '19</ref>
  
 
==Premise==
 
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==Production/Availability==
 
==Production/Availability==
''Lions on the Loose'' was a joint partnership between Loew's Incorporated and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (otherwise known as MGM). The short film was directed by Marjorie Freeman, who worked on other short films such as ''Alice in Jungleland'' and ''Jungle Man''. Not only was she the director, but also a writer, cinematographer, and an actor in the film, playing herself. The only other actor credited in the film is Pete Smith, who was the narrator for the film. Composer Scott Bradley composed the music for the film.<ref>[https://books.google.com/books?id=Ai9jAAAAIAAJ Google Book's page on ''Catalog of Copyright Entries: Musical compositions, Part 3'' where it lists Scott Bradley as the composer for ''Lions on the Loose''.] Retrieved 10 Aug '19</ref> The film's photographer was Mervyn Freeman while the editor for the film was Philip Anderson.
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''Lions on the Loose'' was a joint partnership between Loew's Incorporated and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (otherwise known as MGM). The short film was directed by Marjorie Freeman, who worked on other short films such as ''Alice in Jungleland'' and ''Jungle Man''. Not only was she the director, but also a writer, cinematographer, and an actor in the film, playing herself. The only other actor credited in the film is Pete Smith, who was the narrator of the film. Composer Scott Bradley composed the music for the film.<ref>[https://books.google.com/books?id=Ai9jAAAAIAAJ Google Book's page on ''Catalog of Copyright Entries: Musical compositions, Part 3'' where it lists Scott Bradley as the composer for ''Lions on the Loose''.] Retrieved 10 Aug '19</ref> The film's photographer was Mervyn Freeman while the editor for the film was Philip Anderson. On January 11th, 1956, ABC broadcasted the 18th episode of ''MGM Parade'', which had footage from ''Grand Hotel'', as well as Roger Moore from ''Diane'' and the entirety of ''Lions on the Loose''.<ref>[http://ctva.biz/US/TalkShow/MGMParade.htm Website that has info of all the episodes of ''MGM Parade'', includes ''Lions on the Loose''.] Retrieved 16 Jan '20</ref>
  
The film does not appear anywhere online. Despite this, there are reviews by people that suggest that the short film is still watchable, either at an archival building, or MGM itself. In July of 2019, an eBay user got a hold of some stills from the film and was selling them for $75. The user posted how it was printed at MGM Laboratories in Culver City, California, proving that MGM may have the film in its archives.<ref>[https://www.ebay.com/itm/16mm-Short-Subject-Pete-Smith-LIONS-ON-THE-LOOSE-MGM-1941-/254032455235 eBay listing for ''Lions on the Loose'' stills.] Retrieved 10 Aug '19</ref> THE film appeared on MGM parade on the 11th on January in 1956 <ref> [http://ctva.biz/US/TalkShow/MGMParade.htm]
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The film does not appear anywhere online. Despite this, there are reviews by people that suggest that the short film is still watchable, either at an archival building, or MGM itself. In July of 2019, an eBay user got a hold of some stills from the film and was selling them for $75. The user posted how it was printed at MGM Laboratories in Culver City, California, proving that MGM may have the film in its archives.<ref>[https://www.ebay.com/itm/16mm-Short-Subject-Pete-Smith-LIONS-ON-THE-LOOSE-MGM-1941-/254032455235 eBay listing for ''Lions on the Loose'' stills.] Retrieved 10 Aug '19</ref>
  
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==

Revision as of 16:08, 16 January 2020

Lions on the Loose.jpg

Poster for the film.

Status: Lost

Lions on the Loose was a PG 9-minute documentary short film released on May 24th, 1941.[1]

Premise

Lions on the Loose is about two lion cubs (which go unnamed) escaping the local zoo. The cubs find a house, which leads them to play with toys in the playroom before moving to the kitchen as the lion cubs are hungry. After they caused enough trouble from the house, the lions would go into the wild where they would have several run-ins with other species of animals, including a giant snake (most likely a python).[2]

Production/Availability

Lions on the Loose was a joint partnership between Loew's Incorporated and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (otherwise known as MGM). The short film was directed by Marjorie Freeman, who worked on other short films such as Alice in Jungleland and Jungle Man. Not only was she the director, but also a writer, cinematographer, and an actor in the film, playing herself. The only other actor credited in the film is Pete Smith, who was the narrator of the film. Composer Scott Bradley composed the music for the film.[3] The film's photographer was Mervyn Freeman while the editor for the film was Philip Anderson. On January 11th, 1956, ABC broadcasted the 18th episode of MGM Parade, which had footage from Grand Hotel, as well as Roger Moore from Diane and the entirety of Lions on the Loose.[4]

The film does not appear anywhere online. Despite this, there are reviews by people that suggest that the short film is still watchable, either at an archival building, or MGM itself. In July of 2019, an eBay user got a hold of some stills from the film and was selling them for $75. The user posted how it was printed at MGM Laboratories in Culver City, California, proving that MGM may have the film in its archives.[5]

Gallery

Intro/Credits

Stills

Trivia

  • Lions on the Loose might be the first movie/documentary on record that has recorded ringtails (members to the raccon family).

External Links

References