Take a Chance 1918

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A man who goes by the name The Sport decides where he wants to spend his last twenty-five cents. He chases the girl he’s infatuated with, and encounters colorful characters along the way.
Director: Alfred J. Goulding (as Alf Goulding)
Stars: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, ‘Snub’ Pollard

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Martyrs of the Alamo 1915

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Martyrs of the Alamo (also known as The Birth of Texas) is a 1915 American historical war drama film written and directed by Christy Cabanne. The film is based on the historical novel of the same name by Theodosia Harris, and features an ensemble cast including Sam De Grasse, Douglas Fairbanks, Walter Long and Alfred Paget. The film features the Siege of Béxar, Battle of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto.

Produced By D.W.Griffith

 

While making claims to historical accuracy, the film depicts the Mexican population in San Antonio in 1836 as a group of ill-mannered drunks. One scene depicts a Mexican officer verbally assaulting a white woman and making advances on her. The white woman reports the incident to her husband, Almeron Dickinson who in turn shoots the Mexican officer. In his book Remembering the Alamo, author Richard R. Flores, argues that the negative portrayal of the Mexican population is due to racism toward Mexicans in 1915, the year the film was produced.[2] A copy of the film is preserved at the Library of Congress

 

Cleopatra 1912

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Having already taken the fisherman Pharon (Mr. Howard) as her lover, Queen of Egypt Cleopatra (Helen Gardner) is sent to Tarsus to discuss political matters with Roman general Mark Antony (Charles Sindelar). But, when Antony finds himself within arm’s length of the legendary beauty, he professes his illimitable love for her, declaring his willingness to sacrifice country and empire to be with her. As it turns out, he has to: When Egypt is attacked, Antony’s troops come to Cleopatra’s aid.

Director: Charles L. Gaskill

Cast: Helen Gardner, Pearl Sindelar, Charles Sindelar,

Lorna Doone 1922

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As a young girl, aristocrat Lorna (Madge Bellamy) meets and befriends John Ridd (John Bowers), a sweet farm boy whom she immediately adores. Soon after, Lorna is kidnapped by Sir Ensor Doone (Frank Keenan) and raised among his band of outlaws, unaware of her royal lineage. Good-natured Sir Ensor protects Lorna from the others — but when he becomes gravely ill, a young, violent outlaw decides to claim Lorna as his own. She soon realizes that she must somehow contact John, so he can rescue her.
Initial release: October 1, 1922
Director: Maurice Tourneur
Story by: R. D. Blackmore

Stars: Madge Bellamy, Mae Giraci, John Bowers

 

 

 

 

 

Bluebeard 1901

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A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances.
Director: Georges Méliès
Writers: Georges Méliès (adaptation), Charles Perrault (fairy tale)
Stars: Georges Méliès, Jeanne d’Alcy, Bleuette Bernon

 

Billy Blazes, Esq. 1919

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Billy Blazes confronts Crooked Charley, who has been ruling the town of Peaceful Vale through fear and violence.
Director: Hal Roach (uncredited)
Stars: Harold Lloyd, ‘Snub’ Pollard, Bebe Daniels

The Great K & A Train Robbery 1926

 

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A detective (Tom Mix) poses as a masked outlaw to infiltrate a gang of train robbers.

Director: Lewis Seiler
Writers: Paul Leicester Ford (novel), John Stone (scenario)
Stars: Tom Mix, Dorothy Dwan, Tony the Horse