Fun Size Review: The Soul of the Beast (1923)

The problem with movies today is their absolute unwillingness to show slang-talking elephants on the loose in the Canadian wilderness, where they are mistaken for the antichrist. Well, never fear because The Soul of the Beast is here!

This is one of the most bizarre silent films I have ever seen and it’s impossible to list everything here but I will say that the writing staff was likely not following Prohibition to the letter, if you know what I mean. Madge Bellamy and Cullen Landis are the romantic leads. She’s a circus performer mistaken for a forest creature and very nearly skinned, he’s a violinist with a clubfoot and a rabbit named Napoleon. Told you.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

The elephant saves the day by dunking Noah Beery in the water while chattering away. Love conquers all or something.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Salad Cake. Very confused about the concept and what it is trying to accomplish.

Availability: Released on DVD.


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6 Replies to “Fun Size Review: The Soul of the Beast (1923)”

  1. See, this is what you miss by living in California. I’ve spent plenty of time in the north woods of Michigan, and have seen more than my fair share of runaway circus girls with talking elephants who fall in love with lame French violinists that have pet rabbits and are harassed by mean lumberjacks who talk like Black Jack Shellac and dress like my former father in law. Happened all the time.

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