18 Minutes

  • 1935
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Lion tamer Ratoff hears that a rival tamer has been killed by one of his lionesses, so he purchases the killer animal and adopts the man's daughter (Barnes, soon to grow into Sergava). As the girl grows up, he becomes jealous of the attention other men are paying to her, so he tells her that she will marry him. After they are married, she falls in love...read more

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Lion tamer Ratoff hears that a rival tamer has been killed by one of his lionesses, so he purchases the killer animal and adopts the man's daughter (Barnes, soon to grow into Sergava). As the girl grows up, he becomes jealous of the attention other men are paying to her, so he tells her

that she will marry him. After they are married, she falls in love with Loder, a magician who is replacing Ratoff as the chief attraction at the circus. Ratoff plans to face the killer lioness with his hands cuffed behind him in an attempt to regain his stature, but, just as he is about to enter

the cage, he learns of the affair between Sergava and Loder. Despite the pleas of his faithful dresser, he enters the cage and turns his back to the animal, which immediately seizes the opportunity and kills him. Interesting drama, way above average for British films of the time.

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