Midnight Madness 1928

midnight madness

Norma is a tough working girl instructed by her boss, Childers, to butter up a client from South Africa named Bream to learn where his diamond claim might be. Bream falls in love with her and marries her, but overhears her arguing with Childers, conveying that she only wanted his money. So when returning to Africa, he has them live in a shack to teach her a lesson, yet she turns the tables and summons Childers to come take her back.

Initial release: March 25, 1928 (USA)
Director: F. Harmon Weight
Story by: Daniel Nathan Rubin
Producer: Hector Turnbull
Screenplay: Robert N. Lee, Edwin Justus Mayer, Richard N. Lee

Stars: Jacqueline Logan, Clive Brook, Walter McGrail


The Big Shot 1929


Fat and Snub are a reporter and photographer who try to track down a reclusive Scotsman for an interview and photo.
Director: James D. Davis
Stars: ‘Snub’ Pollard, Marvin Loback, Thelma Daniels

La Reine Elisabeth (Queen Elizabeth) 1912

queen Elisabeth

French silent film based on the love affair between Elizabeth I of England and the Earl of Essex.

The intertitles are in English


Directors: Louis Mercanton, Henri Desfontaines
Music composed by: Joseph Carl Breil
Screenplay: Émile Moreau
Story by: Émile Moreau

Stars: Sarah Bernhardt, Lou Tellegen, Max Maxudian

The Hussar of Death (El Húsar de la muerte) 1925

El Husar se la muerte

This is Chile’s most famous silent film, it is the story of freedom fighter Manuel Rodriguez and his guerrilla war against royalist forced during Chile’s war for independence.

The Death’s Hussars was a paramilitary body formed by Manuel Rodriguez after the disaster of Cancha Rayada, the 23 of March of 1818 in the period known as Patria Nueva of the Chile Independence.

Their uniform was identical to Hussars of Galicia’s, but in black, with a skull over two femurs in the neck. Manuel Rodríguez had already used a captain uniform when he was part of the Hussars of the Great National Guard in their 1813 campaign in Southern Chile; his friend José Miguel Carrera pushed him to use it.

The film tells the tale of Manuel Rodriguez’s dramatic guerrilla campaign and showcases his magnetism and idealism. In the movie you will see him wear the black uniform with the skulls.

Intertitles are in Spanish only

Directed by Pedro Sienna
Produced by Alfredo Wolnitzki
Written by Pedro Sienna
Hugo Silva
Pedro Sienna
Piet Van Ravenstein
Clara Werther
María de Hanning
Dolores Anziani
Hugo Silva
Piet van Ravebstein
Luis Baeza
Octavio Soto
Federico Geimza
Guillermo Barrientos
Emilia Sierra
Ángel Díaz
Víctor Véjar
Cinematography Gustavo Bussenius
Distributed by Andes Films.
Release date
November 24, 1925
Country Chile
Language Silent



The Hussar of death

Intertitles are in Spanish only

El Húsar de la Muerte (Spanish: The Hussar of the Death) is a 1925 Chilean silent film movie. El Húsar de la Muerte was directed and starred by Pedro Sienna.

The movie narrates the adventures of the guerrilla leader Manuel Rodríguez during the Reconquista, until his death in 1818.[1]

The movie lasts 65 minutes, and was premiered in Santiago, Chile, on November 24, 1925.

Of around 78 silent films made in Chile only three survive; the fate of most was to be sold to comb factories for their celluloid content and El Húsar de la Muerte escaped only thanks to the diligence of restorer Sergio Bravo. Chilean cinema had been fired by the showing of the Lumières’ films in Santiago in 1896, and although never prolific or developing an industry infrastructure, native films began to appear in a steady trickle. El Húsar de la Muerte is a rough and ready account of the life of Manuel Rodriguez, legendarily instrumental in the country’s liberation in the early 1800s; his life had inspired the very first Chilean feature, and Sienna had already taken the lead for Arturo Marion in the second version of 1920. His return to the story was hugely popular and immediately hailed as the greatest of all Chilean films. It may lack in sophistication, but the tale is told with some pace and wit; now declared a National Historic Monument, it enjoyed popular revivals in the 1960s and 1970s, when the time for a revolutionary hero had returned. A rare and valuable survivor both for cinema history and for the history of its people.

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Director: Pedro Sienna
Writers: Pedro Sienna, Hugo Silva
Stars: Pedro Sienna, Clara Werther, Piet Van Ravenstein

Feet of Mud 1924

feet ofMud

As Harry has “cleaned up” on the football field and won the big game, Natalie’s dad figured that he should do the same in the world of work before marrying his daughter. Harry’s chance to prove himself comes with an “engineering” job with the city. But it’s sanitary engineering, and while our street sweeping hero tries his best, he just can’t avoid making enemies. When he stumbles into the midst of a lively Chinatown tong war, it’s Harry’s bravery that saves Natalie and wins the day.

Director: Harry Edwards (uncredited)

Produced by Mack Sennett
Stars: Harry Langdon, Florence Lee, Natalie Kingston

The Heart O’ the Hills 1919

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Family tensions in the Kentucky hills are inflamed by an outsider’s dishonest scheme to exploit the area for its coal.

Directors: Sidney Franklin, Joseph De Grasse
Screenplay: Bernard McConville
Story by: John Fox Jr.
Producer: Mary Pickford

Stars: Mary Pickford, Harold Goodwin, Allan Sears

Trial Marriages 1907



A man attempts a series of ‘trial marriages’ with various women, and eventually gives up on marriage altogether.

Directed by unknown
Cinematography by Billy Bitzer
Starring unknown
Distributed by Biograph Company
Release date January 17, 1907
Country United States
Running time 12 m.