The Cheat is a 1915 American silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, and Jack Dean (1874-1950), Ward’s real-life husband. In 1993, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. By Cecil B. DeMille (YouTube) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Info.
Snow White is a 1916 American silent romantic fantasy film directed by J. Searle Dawley. It was adapted by Winthrop Ames from his own 1912 Broadway play Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which was in turn adapted from the 1812 fairy tale (as collected by the Grimm brothers). The film stars Marguerite Clark and Creighton Hale, Clark reprising her… Read more →
Tom Sawyer is a 1917 American silent comedy-drama/adventure film starring Jack Pickford, Robert Gordon, and Clara Horton; it is based on Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Directed by William Desmond Taylor, the film was released by Paramount Pictures. Screenshots of the movie: By William Desmond Taylor (YouTube) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Info.
The Pride of the Clan is a 1917 American silent romantic drama film directed by Maurice Tourneur, and starring Mary Pickford and Matt Moore. The film was shot in Fort Lee, New Jersey when many early film studios in America’s first motion picture industry were based there at the beginning of the 20th century. By Artcraft Pictures Corporation (YouTube) [Public… Read more →
Oliver Twist is a 1922 silent film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, featuring Lon Chaney as Fagin and Jackie Coogan as Oliver Twist. The film was directed by Frank Lloyd. The film was considered lost, until a print surfaced in Yugoslavia in the 1970s. The print lacked intertitles, which were subsequently restored by Blackhawk Films with the help of… Read more →
Shadows is a dramatic 1922 silent film starring Lon Chaney, Marguerite De La Motte, Harrison Ford and John St. Polis. Shadows is a tale of deception, sacrifice and humility by a gentle Chinese immigrant in a small New England town directed by Tom Forman. By Tom Forman (YouTube) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Info.
The Italian is a 1915 American silent film feature which tells the story of an Italian gondolier who comes to the United States to make his fortune but instead winds up working as a shoeshiner and experiencing tragedy while living with his wife and child in a tenement on New York’s Lower East Side. The film was produced by Thomas… Read more →
The Penalty is an American crime film starring Lon Chaney and originally released in 1920 by Goldwyn Pictures. The movie was directed by Wallace Worsley, and written by Philip Lonergan and Charles Kenyon, based upon the pulp novel by Gouverneur Morris. The supporting cast includes Charles Clary, Doris Pawn, Jim Mason, and Claire Adams. Chaney refused to use trick camera… Read more →
Alice in Wonderland is a 1915 silent film adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, directed and written by W. W. Young and starring Viola Savoy as Alice. This film version is notable for depicting much of the ‘Father William’ poem and it includes footage resembling Tenniel’s illustration of Father William doing his back-somersault at the front… Read more →
Hell’s Hinges is a 1916 American Western silent film starring William S. Hart and Clara Williams. Directed by Charles Swickard, William S. Hart and Clifford Smith, and produced by Thomas H. Ince, the screenplay was written by C. Gardner Sullivan. Hell’s Hinges has been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, and is considered by some to be one… Read more →