An Arcadian Maid 1910

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A young girl looking for work, is hired by a farmer’s wife to work as a maid. A smooth talking peddler comes by the farm, and flirts with the young maid. He gives the naive girl an engagement ring and promises to marry her. When the peddler runs up some gambling debts, he visits the maid again and tells her they cannot marry until he has enough money to pay off his debt. While the farmer and his wife are asleep, the maid foolishly steals their money. The peddler takes the money and leaves on a train to get out of town. Overcome with guilt, the young maid runs away from the farm. Meanwhile the peddler gets into a fight and is thrown off the train. The maid stumbles upon him by the railroad tracks. She finds the money on the peddler and returns it to the farm couple before they even knew it was missing.
– Written by Pamela Short
Director: D.W. Griffith
Writer: Stanner E.V. Taylor
Stars: Mary Pickford, Mack Sennett, George Nichols

Knocknagow 1918



The agent of an absentee landlord resorts to underhand means in order to evict tenants from land that could be more profitably used for cattle. Adapted from the 1879 novel of the same name

Director: Fred O’Donovan

Produced by: Jim Sullivan
Writer: Charles Kickham (play)
Stars: Brian Magowan, Fred O’Donovan, Kathleen Murphy

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Young Mother Hubbard 1917



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Forced by the death of her mother to care for her three brothers and sisters, little Mona Fairfax is known to farmers of her district as Young Mother Hubbard. The children’s step-father, heavily in debt and tired of the burden imposed by the little family, abandons his farm, leaving the children, penniless, to shift for themselves. The following day Daniel Banning, a wealthy “country gentleman” and owner of the Fairfax farm, calls to collect back rent. He finds Mona and her children panic-stricken over a note left by their step-father, telling of his decision to leave. Banning turns a deaf ear to Mona’s pleas that she be allowed to remain on the farm with her wards. He notifies the Children’s Welfare Society. Directors of the society go to the farm, load them into an automobile, and take them to the society’s headquarters. At headquarters the chairman calls for volunteers to take the children into their homes. A square-jawed woman, a miserly old man, a brutal fellow, with bull-dog features, and a ponderous, harsh, mannish looking women, each agree to take a child. When it dawns upon Mona and her brothers and sisters that they are to be separated they break into tears and beg piteously to be allowed to remain together. Their pleas are ignored. Finally Mona begs that they be allowed to spend a last night together on the Fairfax farm. The request finally is granted. That night Mona hitches the family horse to a rickety old wagon and the children set out to escape. They fall asleep and the horse stops near Banning’s house. The housekeeper takes them in during the master’s absence. When Banning returns he is furious. Mona offers him a wisp of flowers, which he scorns. Finally, however, the child’s smile wins his heart and he cuddles her. Later when agents of the welfare society try to take the children, Banning drives them from his place, declaring he will adopt Young Mother Hubbard and her entire family.
– Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

Director: Arthur Berthelet
Writer: Charles Mortimer Peck
Stars: Mary McAllister, William Clifford, Carolyn Irwin

Their One Love 1915

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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


The Monkey Talks 1927

The Monkey talks 1927

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Fano, a member of a French traveling circus, dresses up as a talking chimpanzee to make money.
Initial release: February 20, 1927
Director: Raoul Walsh
Production company: Fox Film
Cinematography: L. William O’Connell
Screenplay: Gordon Rigby, Elizabeth Pickett Chevalier, Malcolm Stuart Boylan

Stars: Olive Borden, Jacques Lerner, Don Alvarado


In the Land of the Head Hunters 1914

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In the 1910s, American Civil War veteran Edward S. Curtis spent several years living among a tribe of Native North Americans in British Columbia, documenting their many traditions in both photographs and film. Drawing on tribal folktales and ceremonial dances, and using a cast of Kwakiutl Indians as his actors, Curtis tells the story of brave Motana, who battles a fierce sorcerer and his warrior brother to earn the affections of the lovely maiden Naida.
Initial release: December 7, 1914 (USA)
Director: Edward S. Curtis
Story by: Edward S. Curtis
Cinematography: Edmund August Schwinke
Distributed by: World Film Company
Cast: Maggie Frank, Mrs. George Walkus, Stanley Hunt, Balutsa,


Betty and the Buccaneers 1917

Betty and the Buchanners

Romantic adventure film in which the girl Betty, who dreams about pirates, and her gullible father is tricked by a set of real pirates. They are rescued by a young man who has a crush on Betty.

Director: Rollin S. Sturgeon
Writer: J. Edward Hungerford (scenario)
Stars: Juliette Day, Charles Marriott, Joe King