A Model Husband 1916

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Mr. Cherub is believed to be a model husband and ideal citizen. But his behavior in private does not correspond with his public image.

Director: Harry Myers
Writer: Samuel Greiner (scenario)
Stars: Harry Myers, Rosemary Theby, Nora Cecil

Patsy’s Elopement 1915


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Short comedy part of the  Patsy Bolivar series

Director: Percy Winter
Writer: Clay M. Greene (story)

Production Co: Lubin Manufacturing Company
Stars: Clarence Elmer, Patsy De Forest, William Rausher

Rips and Rushes 1917

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A dancing class features a group of girl students and one blonde favorite, who’s got three men vying for her love, played by fat Hughie Mack, oily, villainous Jimmy Aubrey and handsome (but short) young man Joe Rock, the one she cares for. Her father prefers Aubrey, and Rock is thrown out. The three rivals get into an on-running berserk chase through the house compete with clothes shredding and enough smashed crockery to make the floors look like a beach.


Director: Larry Semon
Production company: Vitagraph Studios
Screenplay: Larry Semon, C. Graham Baker

Stars: Hughie Mack, Jimmy Aubrey, Alice Mann

The Floor Below 1918

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The Floor Below is an American silent film starring Mabel Normand, Tom Moore and Helen Dahl. It was long thought lost, until a print was found “in the estate of a Dutch collector” by the Nederlands Filmmuseum. Wikipedia

Patricia O’Rourke, a good-natured prankster who works as a copy girl for the Sentinel , angers her co-worker Stubbs and is about to lose her job when the managing editor offers her one more chance. Her assignment is to explain the clue that links the Hope Mission, a derelict home run by millionaire Hunter Mason and his secretary, Monty Latham, with a series of local robberies. When Hunter discovers Patricia in his office, he assumes that she is a crook in need of reforming and takes her into his home to be cared for by his mother….. ×

Director: Clarence G. Badger
Producer: Samuel Goldwyn
Production company: Goldwyn Pictures
Story by: Elaine Sterne Carrington

Stars: Mabel Normand, Tom Moore, Helen Dahl

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Bobby Bumps Starts a Lodge 1916

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Bratty Bobby Bumps tells his friend that he’s starting a lodge in order to trick him. But Bobby soon gets his comeuppance when they encounter a bear!
Director: Earl Hurd
Writer: Earl Hurd

The Merry Jail 1917

Das fidele Gefängnis (original title)

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A neglected wife disguises herself in order to lure her wastrel husband into a compromising position.

The Merry Jail is my favorite feature-length (just barely) film of the 1910’s so far, the only one I actually enjoyed. As can be told from the title, everyone in this film is just so gay and giddy no matter what debacles they get into. The three acts were all zippy, zany, and zesty, filled with dramatic and situation surprise, but the gem was the central, second act. All the side characters, were assembled marvelously in one of the most fun parties I’ve seen on screen. They rollicked among zany symmetrical sets in faux European countries complete with lobby boys wearing cocked hats. Surely an inspiration for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Even the quirky graffiti in the prison resembled Anderson’s doodles. The Merry Jail is a dapper, dandy, and dashing film bubbling with drunken laughter and filled with gusto and appetite. Lubitsch’s touch gets touchy-feely here, and the lust of every single character including those in the background is clearly also a lust for life….Review by Ledi

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Producer: Paul Davidson
Cinematography: Theodor Sparkuhl
Screenplay: Ernst Lubitsch, Hanns Kräly

Stars: Harry Liedtke, Emil Jannings, Paul Biensfeldt

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Bobby Bumps’ Fourth 1917

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Holiday-themed cartoons were a staple of the industry for many decades, particularly Hallowe’en, but Independence Day had a few — OLD GLORY, Chuck Jones’ first Porky Pig short was released on July 1, 1939, in time for the holiday. However, this is the oldest surviving and quite possibly the oldest Fourth of July cartoon produced.

For the era, it is pretty good. Bobby and his dog, Fido, let off some fireworks and Fido gets into a fight with a foul-mouthed parrot. It won’t strike modern viewers as particularly good, but given its era it is quite striking, with some good visual gags. Tom Stathes, who is doing so much to preserve and make available these rare early Bray cartoons, has posted this to Youtube ninety-five years after its premiere. It’s definitely worth a look for anyone interested in the history of animation…. by boblipton

Director: Earl Hurd
Writer: Earl Hurd