The Blacksmith 1922


The Blacksmith is a 1922 American short comedy film co-written, co-directed by and featuring Buster Keaton. Buster plays an assistant blacksmith to the big worker played by Joe Roberts, with predictable results. Wikipedia

Directors: Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair
Producer: Joseph M. Schenck

Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts


The Star of Bethlehem 1912


Three wise men from the East follow a star to Bethlehem in search of the infant Jesus.
Director: Lawrence Marston
Writer: Lloyd Lonergan
Stars: Florence La Badie, James Cruze, William Russell

Leaves from Satan’s Book 1921


Also known as
Leaves Out of the Book of Satan
Blade of Satan’s Bog

Satan has been cast out from hell and banished to Earth under decree of heaven. He can return, only through a series of temptations. However, for every soul who gives in to his tempting, one hundred years are added to his sentence. For every soul who resists, one thousand years are removed from his sentence. The film follows Satan throughout much of recorded history.

Quoting the film directly, God said to Satan, “But know thee that for each man yielding to thy temptation the doom upon thee shalt be prolonged by one hundred years, but for each one resisting thee, thou shalt be relieved of 1000 years of thy judgment. Get thee away and continue thy evil doings.”

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer


The Paleface 1922


Evil oil barons try to kick Indians off their land, and Buster joins the tribe to help them fight.

Directors: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
Screenplay: Buster Keaton
Producer: Joseph M. Schenck

Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts


Hell’s Hinges 1916


A saloon owner (William S. Hart) begins to change his ways when he meets the new preacher’s (Jack Standing) sister (Clara Williams).

One of the first westerns. See review and synopsis at:…

Directors: William S. Hart, Charles Swickard

Stars: William S. Hart, Clara Williams, Jack Standing

The Parson’s Widow 1920


A young man is elected by a small village to be its parson. As part of his duties, he is required to marry the widow of the parson before him. This poses two problems–first, the widow is old enough to be his grandmother, and second, he is already engaged to another woman.


Carl Theodor Dreyer (as Carl Th. Dreyer)

Carl Theodor Dreyer (screen adaptation) (as Carl Th. Dreyer), Kristofer Janson (after a story by)

Hildur Carlberg, Einar Röd, Greta Almroth