King of the Jungle 1933, Starred by Buster Crabbe—the plot for the lion-tigress scene was to have a lion save the girl. The lion was supposed to save the girl from the tigress/tiger.
You may ask, why is the tiger so small? It weighs 250 pounds. There is a reason.
In filming King of the Jungle, they lost 2 lions—reportedly lost 2 lions to tigers filming the scene. Then they started with a decent-sized tiger, in Blockbuster 1933 King of the Jungle.
Apparently, the first lion was nothing. The tiger just killed the lion immediately with a throat bite. Then they tried another lion and tiger. But neither fought, and didn't do anything. Then apparently, according to sources, they lost another lion, and finally settled with a tiny tigress with a size of a dog. And still the tiny tigress made the lion look bad, and almost as if 2 lions were used to complete the scene.
Did you see that throat bite, and then it was cut off? Do you know it's almost impossible to tell captive lions apart? Did you see those 3 lions? They look exactly the same. You cannot tell those captive lions apart.
My personal opinion is that this lion might have been a second one. The tigress is in command and swoops in for the throat bite. But they cut it off, switched the scene, and went back to Crabbe and his girlfriend. You never see anymore. Then they showed a different lion and the tigress fighting.
The movie was based on lions and lion-man Crabbe. One thing they found in making the King of the Jungle was that the tiger was the superior fighter. You cannot even imagine how many lions were used in the movie of Buster Crabbe—2 dea