The Lady or the Tiger? (1942)
10min · Short · 28 March 1942
Author Frank R. Stockton, often asked the question, finally decides to divulge the untold ending of his story, The Lady or the Tiger?. The story itself... In olden times, a barbaric king often used the façade of being genial to lull his enemies into a false sense of security. If there was a criminal case that caught his fancy, he would bring the accused into an amphitheater which had two closed doors side by side, one of which he was to open. Behind one door would be a tiger which would maul him to death. Behind the other would be a lady suitable for marriage. Regardless of the accused's past or current situation, a funeral or wedding would then take place depending on which door he opened. The King loved his daughter, who was as cold hearted as him. She was in a clandestine romance with a young man. The King, upon learning this news, sentenced the man to the fate of the amphitheater. The Princess found out behind which door was the tiger and which was the fair damsel. In gesturing to her lover about which door to choose, would she be condemning him to death or into the arms of another woman?
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Director(s): Fred ZinnemannCast: Carey Wilson, John Baragrey, Vince Barnett