This scene from the 1928 silent film The Circus finds Charlie Chaplin locked inside of a lion’s cage. He had sought refuge in the cage after fleeing a donkey. The lion scenes took around 200 takes with a real lion and the faces of fear displayed by Chaplin were more than likely very real. The film was written and directed by Charlie Chaplin. It starred Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Harry Crocker, George Davis and Henry Bergman. It was released on January 6, 1928 and was the seventh highest grossing silent film in cinema history.

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