The Birth of a Nation 1915

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The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln’s assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Writers: Thomas Dixon Jr. (adapted from his novel: “The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan”) (as Thomas F. Dixon Jr.), Thomas Dixon Jr. (play) (as Thomas F. Dixon Jr.) |
Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall




The Confederate Ironclad 1912


Lieutenant Yancey’s southern sweetheart, Rose, is jealous of Elinor, a northern girl, who is visiting her aunt Mary de Lane. This jealousy is excited by an invitation which Yancey receives from Mary to call and meet her niece. Yancey visits the de Lane home, and while walking along the river with Elinor, he shows her where the Confederate Ironclad is being constructed. Elinor, having strong Union sympathies, reveals the location of the Ironclad to the commander of the Federal gunboats. An attack is made on the Ironclad and Yancey rides to give warning. The Confederates are temporarily helpless as their power is exhausted. Yancey, knowing that a supply of ammunition is loaded on a train in another location, prepares to bring the needed powder to his compatriots. As the train is about to leave, a Federal scouting party rides up and opens fire. Rose and Yancey jump on the engine and make a wild dash to escape with the powder. Elinor, from a distance, sees the fight and sets fire to the bridge over which the train must pass. While riding over the bridge the last car catches fire. Yancey, who has been wounded, is left in the engine cab while Rose crawls over the loaded train and succeeds in cutting off the end car just in time to escape the explosion. The powder is delivered to the Ironclad in the nick of time, and a fierce battle wages between the Confederate vessel and the Union gunboats.

—Moving Picture World synopsis


Director: Kenean Buel (uncredited)
Stars: Guy Coombs, Anna Q. Nilsson, Hal Clements







Their One Love 1915

Fairbanks twins

In the 1850s twin girls fall in love with the same young man, and must struggle with their feelings once he goes off to fight in the Civil War.

One of the numerous Civil War films made 50 years after the end of the war. The film industry was not yet 10 years old and the first motion picture theater to exclusively show films was not built until 1905. Released by Thanhouser Company only weeks after Griffith’s Birth of a Nation, the night battle scenes with 11 shots of pyrotechnics and electric lighting effects made Their One Love a much more elaborate drama than Griffith’s film. Their One Love is considered to be the first film to fully utilize night cinematography.
Film makers were becoming very aware of the emotional effect their work could have on an audience and none were better than playing to an audience’s passion and sensibilities than Edwin and Gertrude Thanhouser, the company’s founders. Their One Love was written by Gertrude Thanhouser.
The film stars Madeline and Marion Fairbanks who were barely 14 during the shooting of the film and the girls became immensely popular in the US becoming known as the Thanhouser Twins. From 1912 to 1916, the twins made 48 movies for the Thanhouser Company and after Thanhouser no longer existed, appeared in several more films for studios such as Warner Brothers. The movie was shot in and around New Rochelle, NY. This movie was first legally exhibited in 1915 and all movies legally exhibited before December 31, 1922 are in the public domain. For more of these Thanhouser movies visit!they also have a facebook page at
Director: Jack Harvey
Writer: Gertrude Thanhouser

Production Co: Thanhouser Film Corporation
Stars: Madeline Fairbanks, Marion Fairbanks, Robert Wilson


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