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Grand Vampire in disguise as Count de Noirmoutier, reads that ballerina Marfa Koutiloff (Stacia Napierkowska), who is engaged to Philippe, will perform a ballet called The Vampires. To prevent her from publicizing the Vampires' activities and to deter Philippe, he gives Marfa a poisoned ring before her performance, which kills her onstage. Amidst the panicking crowds Philippe recognizes the Grand Vampire and follows him to an abandoned fort and is captured by the gang. They agree to interrogate Philippe at midnight and execute him at dawn. Philippe finds that the Vampire guarding him is one of his co-workers, Oscar-Cloud Mazamette (Marcel Lévesque). They decide to work together and capture the Grand Inquisitor when he arrives at midnight. They bind and hood the Grand Inquisitor, and set him up for execution in place of Phillipe. At dawn the Vampires arrive for the execution, but the police raid the lair. The Vampires escape, but as they flee they mistakenly execute their own Grand Inquisitor, who turns out to be the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Director: Louis Feuillade
Writer: Louis Feuillade
Stars: Musidora, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0006206/

Public domain.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Vampires#Episode_2_%E2%80%93_%22The_Ring_That_Kills%22

Les Vampires is a 1915–16 French silent crime serial film written and directed by Louis Feuillade. Set in Paris, it stars Édouard Mathé, Musidora and Marcel Lévesque. The main characters are a journalist and his friend who become involved in trying to uncover and stop a bizarre underground Apache gang, known as The Vampires (who are not the mythological beings their name suggests). The serial consists of ten episodes, which vary greatly in length. Being roughly 7 hours long, it is considered one of the longest films ever made.[1] It was produced and distributed by Feuillade's company Gaumont. Due to its stylistic similarities with Feuillade's other crime seria..

Begins with a huge picnic and ends with state trap shooters.

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One sign: "How can I buy shoes for my family at $7.00 per pair on a wage of $2.94 per day."

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After passing the hat and taking the donations intended for German street musicians Charlie heads for the country. Here he finds and rescues a girl from a band of gypsies. The girl falls in love with an artist whose portrait is later seen in a shop by the girl's real mother. The mother and the artist arrive in a chauffeured auto and offer Charlie money for his services, money which he rejects.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Writers: Charles Chaplin, Vincent Bryan
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0007507/

Public domain.

Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the Chief) is upstairs in the house. When the house next door catches fire its owner rouses Charlie who rouses the force.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Writers: Charles Chaplin, Vincent Bryan
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Lloyd Bacon

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0006684/

Public domain.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fireman_(1916_film)

The Fireman is the second film Charlie Chaplin distributed by the Mutual Film Corporation in 1916. Released on June 12, it starred Chaplin as the fireman and Edna Purviance as the daughter to Lloyd Bacon.

Plot
A beautiful girl's father (Bacon) arranges with the local fire chief (Campbell) to have his house burn down so he can collect the insurance money. In exchange for the chief's complicity in the arson, the father will permit the fire chief to marry his daughter.

However, a real fire breaks out elsewhere in the town. The firemen ignore an inhabitant of the burning building as he tries to alert them to the fire, first by activating the fire alarm, then by phoning the fire station, and then by going to the fire station in person. Eventually, a fireman (Chaplin), alerts the fire chief and the company extinguishes the fire.

Meanwhile, the father deliberately sets a fire in the basement of his own house without realizing his daughter is still inside the house on the upper floor. Upon knowing his daughter is in mortal danger from the fire, he rushes to find the fire chief to cancel the arrangement not to extinguish his house fire. The fireman (Chaplin), who is also in love with the daughter, abandons the first house fire to rush to the second one. He heroically scales the outside of the building to save her.

Reviews
A critic for the New York Dramatic Mirror wrote, "The Fireman is the second of the Chaplin Mutual comedies,..

The Tramp is tricked into impersonating an embezzling floorwalker in a department store.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Writers: Charles Chaplin, Vincent Bryan
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0006689/

Public domain.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Floorwalker

The Floorwalker is a 1916 American silent comedy film, Charlie Chaplin's first Mutual Film Corporation film. The film stars Chaplin, in his traditional Tramp persona, as a customer who creates chaos in a department store and becomes inadvertently entangled in the nefarious scheme of the store manager, played by Eric Campbell, and the store's floorwalker, played by Lloyd Bacon, to embezzle money from the establishment.[1]

The film is noted for the first "running staircase" used in films which is used for a series of slapstick that climaxes with a frantic chase down an upward escalator and finding they are remaining in the same position on the steps no matter how fast they move. Edna Purviance plays a minor role as a secretary to store manager.

Cast
Charles Chaplin as Tramp
Eric Campbell as Store manager
Edna Purviance as Manager's secretary
Lloyd Bacon as Assistant manager
Albert Austin as Shop assistant
Charlotte Mineau as Beautiful store detective
Leo White as A Customer
Henry Bergman as Old Man (uncredited)
Frank J. Coleman as Janitor (uncredited)
Bud Jamison (Small Role, uncredited)
James T. Kelley as Lift Boy (uncredited)
Tom Nelson as Detective (uncredited)
John Rand as Policeman (uncredited)
Wesley Ruggles as Policeman (uncredited)
Tiny Sandford (Small Role, uncredited)

Synopsis
Charlie enters a department store and annoys the staff with his antics. Meanwhile, the store's manager and the floorwalker are conspiring to rob the store's safe. When they finish putting the safe's contents into a bag, the floorwalker knocks out the manager and flees with the money. Just as the floorwalker is about to exit, he encounters Charlie who looks..

Two peasant children, Mytyl and Tyltyl, are led by Berylune, a fairy, to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness. Berylune gives Tyltyl a cap with a diamond setting, and when Tyltyl turns the diamond, the children become aware of and conversant with the souls of a Dog and Cat, as well as of Fire, Water, Bread, Light, and other presumably inanimate things. The troupe thus sets off to find the elusive Blue Bird of Happiness.

Director: Maurice Tourneur
Writers: Maurice Maeterlinck (play), Charles Maigne (adapted for the screen by)
Stars: Tula Belle, Robin Macdougall, Edwin E. Reed

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0008891/

Public domain.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Bird_(1918_film)

The Blue Bird is a 1918 silent fantasy film directed by Maurice Tourneur in the United States, under the auspices of producer Adolph Zukor. In 2004, this film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry.[1]

Cast
Tula Belle as Mytyl
Robin Macdougall as Tyltyl
Edwin E. Reed as Daddy Tyl
Emma Lowry as Mummy Tyl
William J. Gross as Grandpa Gaffer Tyl
Florence Anderson as Granny Tyl
Edward Elkas as Widow Berlingot
Katherine Bianchi as Widow Berlingot's Daughter
Lillian Cook as Fairy Bérylune
Gertrude McCoy as Light
Lyn Donelson as Night
Charles Ascot as Dog
Tom Corless as Cat
Mary Kennedy as Water
Eleanor Masters as Milk
Charles Craig as Sugar
Sammy Blum as Bread
S.E. Potapovitch as Fire
Rose Rolanda
Production
The film was shot in Fort Lee, New Jersey; many early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based there at the beginning of the 20th century.[2][3][4]

Reception
The New York Times gave the film a highly favorable review, calling it a "hit on screen", and stating that "seldom, if ever, has the atmosphere and spirit of a written work been more faithfully reproduced in motion pictures."[5] Of the actors, the critic wr..

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The judge in a Danish town sees his illegitimate daughter facing a trial for the murder of her newborn child, and is rather sure that she will be sentenced to death. She became pregnant from an aristocrat who didn't want to marry her. The same fate happened to her mother, although he wasn't allowed to marry because of a vow he had given to his father who had to marry under rank after the girl got pregnant. As expected the sentence for his daughter is death, he asks for a pardon, but this isn't granted although he is promoted. So he decides to free her and get her out of the country at all costs.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Writers: Carl Theodor Dreyer, Karl Emil Franzos (novel)
Stars: Richard Christensen, Christian Engelstoft, Hallander Helleman

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0010598/

Public domain.

Wikipedia: Præsidenten (The President) is a 1919 Danish silent film by Carl Theodor Dreyer. It is the first feature film directed by Dreyer and it is an adaptation of the 1884 novel Der Präsident by Karl Emil Franzos.[1]

Production and distribution
The film was produced by Nordisk Film, and was shot during the summer of 1918 on the Gotland island in Sweden. It premièred in Sweden on 1 February 1919 and was released in Denmark on 9 February 1920.

Cast
Carl Meyer as Rigsherre von Sendlingen
Elith Pio as Franz Victor von Sendlingen
Halvard Hoff as Karl Victor von Sendlingen
Jacoba Jessen as Maika
Axel Madsen as Vice-President Werner
Richard Christensen as Georg Berger
Olga Raphael Linden as Victorine Lippert
Betty Kirkeby as Hermine Lippert
Hallander Hellemann as Franz
Fanny Petersen as Birgitta

Plot
The film tells a story of women seduced and abandoned over four generations. It follows three periods in the life of Karl Victor von Sendlingen, a Danish aristocrat living in a small city at the turn of the 20th century. The chronological narrative is interrupted by flashbacks recalling past events.

The film starts on the last day in the life of..

A guide to modernizing a poorly-run, money-losing store. By the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company

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Terje Vigen, a sailor, suffers the loss of his family through the cruelty of another man. Years later, when his enemy's family finds itself dependent on Terje's beneficence, Terje must decide whether to avenge himself.

Director: Victor Sjöström
Writer: Henrik Ibsen (by)
Stars: Victor Sjöström, August Falck, Edith Erastoff

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0008663/

Public domain.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Man_There_Was

A Man There Was (Swedish: Terje Vigen) is a 1917 Swedish drama directed by Victor Sjöström,[1] based on a poem of the same title by Henrik Ibsen. With a budget of SEK 60,000, it was the most expensive Swedish film made up to that point,[2] marking a new direction in Swedish cinema with more funding to fewer films, resulting in more total quality.[3]

This film is considered to be the start of the golden age of Swedish silent film that would end after Gösta Berlings saga in 1925, although films such as Ingeborg Holm (1913) are often assigned to this era as well.

Cast
Victor Sjöström as Terje Vigen
Edith Erastoff as The Lady
August Falck as The Lord
Bergliot Husberg as Mrs. Vigen

Plot
Terje Vigen lives happily with his wife and little girl on a small island in Norway. In 1809, because of the English blockade, poor people start starving and he decides to row to Denmark to bring food to his family. On the way back, he is captured by a ruthless English captain and sent to jail in England. When he was finally freed in 1814 and can return home, he finds that his wife and daughter have died. He takes up a solitary life in his house overlooking the sea. One night he sees a British yacht in distress in a storm. He rushed to her help and discovers that the skipper is the same man that had taken him prisoner and broken his life many years before. He decides against vengeance and rescues the skipper along with the skipper's wife and child.

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Based on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terje_Vigen

Terje Vigen is ..

Score by Louis Gottschalk

Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Writers: Adolphe d'Ennery (novel), Eugène Cormon (novel)
Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0012532/

Public domain.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orphans_of_the_Storm

Orphans of the Storm is a 1921 silent drama film by D. W. Griffith set in late-18th-century France, before and during the French Revolution.

The last Griffith film to feature Lillian and Dorothy Gish, it is often considered Griffith's last major commercial success, after box-office hits such as The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, and Broken Blossoms.

Like his earlier films, Griffith used historical events to comment on contemporary events, in this case the French Revolution to warn about the rise of Bolshevism. The film is about class conflict and a plea for inter-class understanding and against destructive hatred. At one point, in front of the Committee of Public Safety, a main character pleads, "Yes I am an aristocrat, but a friend of the people."

The film is based on the 1874 French play Les Deux Orphelines by Adolphe d'Ennery and Eugène Cormon, which had been adapted for the American stage by N. Hart Jackson and Albert Marshman Palmer[1] as The Two Orphans, premiering at Marshman Palmer's Union Square Theatre (58 E. 14th St.) in New York City in December 1874 with Kate Claxton as Louise.[3] It had been filmed in the United States twice before Griffith did his film: in 1911 by Otis Turner[4] and in 1915 by Herbert Brenon (the lost Theda Bara film The Two Orphans). The play had also been filmed twice in France in 1910: by Albert Capellani[5] and by Georges Monca.

Cast
Lillian Gish as Henriette Girard
Dorothy Gish as Louise
Joseph Schildkraut as Chevalier de Vaudrey
Frank Losee as Count de Linières
Catherine Emmet as Countess de Linières
Morgan Wallace as M..

a.k.a. Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl

Score by Louis Gottschalk, arranged by Carl Davis.

A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Writers: Thomas Burke (adapted from 'The Chink and the Child' by), D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0009968/

Public domain.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_Blossoms

Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl, often referred to simply as Broken Blossoms, is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by D.W. Griffith. It was distributed by United Artists and premiered on May 13, 1919. It stars Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, and Donald Crisp, and tells the story of young girl, Lucy Burrows, who is abused by her alcoholic prizefighting father, Battling Burrows, and meets Cheng Huan, a kind-hearted Chinese man who falls in love with her. It was the second film released by United Artists. It is based on Thomas Burke's short story "The Chink and the Child" from the 1916 collection Limehouse Nights.

Cast
Lillian Gish as Lucy Burrows
Richard Barthelmess as Cheng Huan
Donald Crisp as Battling Burrows
Arthur Howard as Burrows' manager
Edward Peil Sr. as Evil Eye
George Beranger as The Spying One
Norman Selby (aka Kid McCoy) as A prizefighter

Production
Unlike Griffith's more extravagant earlier works like The Birth of a Nation or Intolerance, Broken Blossoms is a small-scale film that uses controlled studio environments to create a more intimate effect.

Griffith was known for his willingness to collaborate with his actors and on many occasions join them in research outings.[2][3]

The visual style of Broken Blossoms emphasises the seedy Limehouse streets with their dark shadows, drug addicts and drunkards, contrasting them with the beauty of Cheng and Lucy's innocent attachment as expresse..

Buster helps a Native American tribe save their land from greedy oil barons.

Directors: Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Writers: Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0012543/

Public domain.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Paleface_(1922_film)

The Paleface is a 1922 Buster Keaton two-reeler Western comedy film.

Plot
Crooked "oil sharks" led by a man named Hunt have stolen an Indian tribe's lease to their land and given them 24 hours to vacate. Furious, the Indian chief orders that the first white man who enters their encampment be killed. A butterfly collector (Keaton) unwittingly wanders in while chasing a butterfly. They tie him to a stake and collect wood. When he frees himself, the Indian warriors give chase. During the pursuit, he finds some asbestos and fashions himself some fireproof underwear. As a result, when they catch him and try to burn him at the stake, he remains unharmed. Awed by this, the Indians adopt him and give him the title "Little Chief Paleface".

He subsequently leads the tribe in a confrontation with the crooks. When a brawl breaks out, the crooks' leader Hunt flees. The Indians give chase, with Little Chief Paleface bringing up the rear. Hunt captures the hero, forces him to switch clothes and gets away in disguise. After being nearly skewered by arrows from his own tribe, Little Chief Paleface finds the deed to the land in a pocket. As his reward, he chooses a pretty Indian maiden.

Cast
Buster Keaton as Little Chief Paleface
Virginia Fox as Indian Maiden (uncredited)
Joe Roberts as The Indian Chief (uncredited)

A rare film from First National set a gala celebrity banquet and promoting the releases of several then upcoming films including The Pilgrim (1923), The Balloonatic (1923) and Day Dreams (1922).

Stars: Charles Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Buster Keaton

After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.

Directors: Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Writers: Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton), Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline)
Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Monte Collins

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0012570/

Public domain.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Playhouse_(film)

The Playhouse is a 1921 American silent short comedy film written, directed by, and starring Buster Keaton. The movie runs for 22 minutes, and is most famous for an opening sequence in which Keaton plays every role.

Plot
The film is set up as a series of humorous tricks on the audience, with constant doubling, and in which things are rarely what they at first seem to be. It opens with Keaton attending a variety show. In this first sequence, Keaton plays beside him and remarks, "This fellow Keaton seems to be the whole show." This was a gibe at one of Keaton's contemporaries, Thomas Ince, who credited himself generously in his film productions.[1] In interviews with Kevin Brownlow,[2] Keaton claims he gave the director's credit to Cline mainly because he did not want to appear too Ince-like himself: "Having kidded things like that, I hesitated to put my own name on as a director and writer."

This elaborate trick-photography sequence turns out to be only a dream when Joe Roberts rouses Keaton from bed. The bedroom then turns out to be not a bedroom, but a set on a stage.

The second half of the film features Keaton's character falling for a girl who happens to be a twin. He has difficulty telling the twin who likes him from the one who does not. An uncredited Virginia Fox plays one of the twins. Edward F. Cline co-wrote the production and appears, uncredited, as a monkey trainer, whose monkey Keaton impersonates onstage after accidentally letting the animal escape.

Cast
Buster Keaton as Audience / Orchestra / Mr. Brown - First ..

A drifter at an amusement park finds himself both the bodyguard and hit man of a man targeted by a criminal gang.

Directors: Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Writers: Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Stars: Buster Keaton, Bartine Burkett, Charles Dorety

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0012278/

Public domain.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_High_Sign

The High Sign is a 1921 American short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline. The runtime is 21 minutes. Although One Week (1920) was the first of Keaton's independent shorts to be released, The High Sign was the first one to be produced.[1] Disappointed with the result, Keaton shelved the film. It was not until a year later that the film was released. The title refers to the secret signal used by the underworld gang in the film.

Plot
Buster plays a drifter who cons his way into working at an amusement park shooting gallery. Believing Buster is an expert marksman, both the murderous gang the Blinking Buzzards and the man they want to kill end up hiring him. The film ends with a wild chase through a house filled with secret passages.

Cast
Buster Keaton - Our Hero (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Bartine Burkett - Miss Nickelnurser (uncredited)
Charles Dorety - Villain (uncredited)
Al St. John - Man in during target practice (uncredited)

A bank clerk ends up in a seemingly haunted house that is actually a thieves' hideout.

Directors: Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Writers: Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0012255/

Public domain.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Haunted_House_(1921_film)

The Haunted House is a 1921 American short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline.[1] The runtime is 21 minutes.

The Haunted House
Haunted house1921.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by
Edward F. Cline
Buster Keaton
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck
Written by
Edward F. Cline
Buster Keaton
Starring
Buster Keaton
Virginia Fox
Joe Keaton
Joe Roberts
Edward F. Cline
Cinematography Elgin Lessley
Distributed by Metro Pictures
Release date
February 10, 1921
Running time
21 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
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The Haunted House
The Haunted House is a 1921 American short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline.[1] The runtime is 21 minutes.

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2 Cast
3 See also
4 References
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Plot
Keaton plays a teller at a successful bank. Unbeknownst to him, the manager at the bank and his gang are planning on pulling off a robbery and hiding in an old house which they have rigged up with booby traps and effects to make it appear to be haunted. After a mishap that afternoon with Keaton getting glue all over the money and himself, he almost thwarts the gang's robbery but when the owner of the bank walks in and sees Keaton armed with a gun he assumes it was he who tried to rob it. Keaton flees and takes refuge in the old house; however, a troupe of actors from a theatre production are also in the house and are clad in their scary costumes (ghosts, skel..

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