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




Sold for Marriage 1916

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A poor Russian girl’s beauty leads her unscrupulous uncle to bring her to the United States. There he is going to sell her into a marriage with a rich old man she has never met. But her lover, an returning immigrant visiting Russia from the U.S., sails on the same ship. When they arrive he learns, to his surprise, that the American police, unlike those of his native country, are not oppressors of the poor, but friends that will aid in securing the release of his beloved Maria.

—Les Adams <>

Director: Christy Cabanne
Screenplay: William E. Wing
Cinematography: William Fildew
Distributed by: Triangle Film Corporation

Stars: Lillian Gish, Frank Bennett, Walter Long

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Romola 1924



In Renaissance Florence, Tito, a no-good young man pretending to be a scholar, wins the admiration of a blind man who has long looked for someone to finish his scholarly work. He has a beautiful daughter named Romola. Tito flirts with a peasant girl in the streets, and for fun goes through a mock marriage with her — but she takes it seriously. Romola doesn’t really love him, but marries him because her father wishes it. When the Medici are forced out, Tito joins the new government and rises to be chief magistrate. His evil actions earn him the hatred of Romola and of the people, and he is killed by his stepfather. Romola ends up with sculptor Carlo, who has always loved her.

—John Oswalt

Director: Henry King
Music composed by: Louis F. Gottschalk
Producer: Henry King
Screenplay: George Eliot, Jules Furthman

Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, William Powell

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An Unseen Enemy 1912

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An Unseen Enemy is a 1912 Biograph Company short silent film directed by D. W. Griffith, and was the first film to be made starring the actresses Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish. Wikipedia

The physician’s death orphans his two adolescent daughters. Their older brother is able to convert some of the doctor’s small estate to cash. But it is late in the day, and with the banks closed he stores the money in his father’s household safe. The slatternly housekeeper, aware of the money, enlists a criminal acquaintance to crack the safe. She attempts to get into the adjacent room where the sisters tremble in fear, but finds that the door is locked. The drunken housekeeper menaces them by brandishing a gun through a hole in the wall. But the resourceful girls use the telephone to call their brother who has returned to town. He gets the message and organizes a rescue party.
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Director: D. W. Griffith
Screenplay: Edward Acker
Music composed by: Robert Israel
Production company: Biograph Company

Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Elmer Booth


The Scarlet Letter 1926

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In Puritan New England, Hester Prynne (Lillian Gish) marries Roger Chillingsworth (Henry B. Walthall) at the behest of her father. When Roger is away, Hester forms a bond with the sensitive Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale (Lars Hanson). Later, when Hester gives birth to a daughter, people in the village suspect that Roger is not the father and force Hester to wear a letter A for adultery until she reveals the father of her child. Arthur, meanwhile, is overcome by guilt and decides to take action.

Director: Victor Sjöström
Screenplay: Frances Marion
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Music composed by: William Axt, David Mendoza, Lisa Anne Miller, Mark Northam

Stars: Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Henry B. Walthall

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The White Sister 1923

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After her father, Prince Chiaromonte (Charles Lane), dies in a freak accident, Angela Chiaromonte (Lillian Gish) finds out that her jealous half-sister, the Marchesa di Mola (Gail Kane), has invalidated her claim to an inheritance. When news arrives that the man they both love, Capt. Giovanni Severini (Ronald Colman), has died in battle on the Middle Eastern front, a penniless Angela enters the convent and resigns herself to a life of piety — until a mysterious message changes everything.
Initial release: 1923
Director: Henry King
Music composed by: Joseph Carl Breil
Story by: Francis Marion Crawford
Producer: Henry King

Stars: Lillian Gish, Ronald Colman, Gail Kane

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The Mothering Heart 1913

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A young couple struggle to get ahead, the wife always assuaging the troubles of her melancholy husband. As he climbs the ladder of success, he abandons the homely values and takes up with another woman. His wife leaves him, returning to her mother’s home where she bears a child. When the husband is abandoned by his concubine, remorse drives him to find his wife…
– Written by Thomas McWilliams <>

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Walter Miller, Lillian Gish, Kate Bruce