Fatty’s Faithful Fido 1915

Fatty's faithful fido

Two men like the same woman, and she prefers the large, strong one over the smaller, nimble dandy. The rivalry first comes to a head when she rejects the dandy in front of a Chinese laundry; a fight ensues, and the big guy’s dog adds to the dandy’s humiliation. Then, that night, during a dance held at the neighborhood fitness center, the dandy hires some thugs to beat up his rival. The plan goes awry, which precipitates chaos. Fido’s on hand to add to the confusion

Director: Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle

Producer: Mack Sennett
Stars: Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, Minta Durfee, Al St. John

 

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The Danger Girl 1916

The Danger girl

Madcap Gloria disguises herself as a man, in order to lure a “dangerous” vamp away from her beau, Bobbie.
Director: Clarence G. Badger
Stars: Bobby Vernon, Gloria Swanson, Helen Bray

 

Tom Thumb 1909

 

Tom Thumb is a character of English folklore. The History of Tom Thumb was published in 1621, and was the first fairy tale printed in English. Tom is no bigger than his father’s thumb, and his adventures include being swallowed by a cow, tangling with giants, and becoming a favourite of King Arthur. The earliest allusions to Tom occur in various 16th-century works such as Reginald Scot’s Discovery of Witchcraft (1584), where Tom is cited as one of the supernatural folk employed by servant maids to frighten children. Tattershall in Lincolnshire, England, reputedly has the home and grave of Tom Thumb.

Aside from his own tales, Tom figures in Henry Fielding’s play Tom Thumb, a companion piece to his The Author’s Farce. It was later expanded into a single piece titled The Tragedy of Tragedies, or the History of Tom Thumb the Great.

In the middle 18th century, books began to be published specifically for children (some with their authorship attributed to “Tommy Thumb”) and, by the middle 19th century, Tom was a fixture of the nursery library. Charlotte Yonge cleansed questionable passages and the tale took on moral overtones. Dinah Mulock however refrained from scrubbing the tale of its vulgarities. Tom Thumb’s story has been adapted to several films including the 1958 George Pal musical tom thumb starring Russ Tamblyn. Tiny folkloric characters like Tom are known in cultures around the world.

The tale of Tom Thumb is the first recorded English fairy tale. The earliest surviving text is a 40-page booklet printed in London for Thomas Langley in 1621 entitled “The History of Tom Thumbe, the Little, for his small stature surnamed, King Arthur’s Dwarfe: whose Life and adventures containe many strange and wonderfull accidents,. published for the delight of merry Time-spenders. “The author is presumed to be Londoner Richard Johnson (1579-1659?) because his initials appear on the last page. The only known copy is in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.

Segundo Víctor Aurelio Chomón y Ruiz (also Chomont or Chaumont, French: [ʃomɔ]; 17 October 1871 – 2 May 1929) was a pioneering Spanish film director, cinematographer and screenwriter. He produced many short films in France while working for Pathé Frères and has been compared to Georges Méliès, due to his frequent camera tricks and optical illusions. He is regarded as the most significant Spanish silent film director in an international context.

Director: Segundo de Chomón
Writers: Charles Perrault, Segundo de Chomón
Production Co: Pathé Frères

Should Tall Men Marry? 1928

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Should Tall Men Marry? is a 1928 American short silent comedy film featuring Stan Laurel. It was his final solo film before he took up his celebrated partnership with Oliver Hardy permanently. Wikipedia
Initial release: January 15, 1928
Director: Louis J. Gasnier
Producer: Hal Roach
Cinematography: George Stevens
Distributed by: Pathé Exchange
Cast: Stan Laurel, Stuart Holmes, James Finlayson

The Lady and the Hooligan 1918

The young lady and the hooligan

Original Title Baryshnya i khuligan

The Lady and the Hooligan is a 1918 Russian silent film co-directed by Vladimir Mayakovsky and Yevgeni Slavinsky. The script, written by Mayakovsky, is based on the play La maestrina degli operai by Edmondo De Amicis. Wikipedia

Directors: Yevgeni Slavinsky, Vladimir Mayakovsky
Writers: Edmondo De Amicis (screenplay), Vladimir Mayakovsky
Stars: Vladimir Mayakovsky, Aleksandra Rebikova, Fyodor Dunayev

Fantômas contre Fantômas 1914

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As inspector Juve seems to be unable to put Fantômas behind bars the Press comes up with the idea Juve must be Fantômas himself! Juve is soon jailed as an attempt to ease the stress on his case. But Fantômas is free and having his old archrival convicted is certainly an evil dream he wants to come true.
– Written by viktor-18 <viktor_p@mail.com>

Director: Louis Feuillade
Writers: Marcel Allain (novel), Louis Feuillade
Stars: René Navarre, Georges Melchior, Laurent Morléas

 

The Tempest 1908

TheTempest 1908 - Caliban scares Ariel

The first successful Shakespeare adaptation 1908 The Tempest Percy Stow

Prospero and his daughter Miranda must take refuge on an enchanted island. There Prospero, who himself has magical powers, releases the spirit Ariel from a spell, and also meets the savage Caliban. Then Prospero uses his powers to create a tempest that shipwrecks some of the persons who caused his exile.
– Written by Snow Leopard

Director: Percy Stow
Writers: Langford Reed (script), William Shakespeare (play)

Sadly, the names of the cast of this first version of “The Tempest” have been lost