The Lonedale Operator 1911

the londale operator

When her father becomes ill, a young woman takes over the telegraph at a lonely western railroad station. She soon gets word that the next train will deliver the payroll for a mining company. The train brings not only the money, but a pair of ruffians bent on stealing it. All alone, she wires for help, and then holds off the bad guys until it arrives.

—John Oswalt

Director: D. W. Griffith
Screenplay: Mack Sennett
Producer: D. W. Griffith
Production company: Biograph Company

Stars: Blanche Sweet, Francis J. Grandon, Wilfred Lucas


A Tale of Two Cities 1911

a tale of two cities 1911

I am confused as to who actually directed this. The credits on the movie say Charles Kent. The various data bases say William Humphrey?


Barrister Sydney Caron falls in love with lovely Lucie Manette, daughter of a victim of the oppressive French aristocracy. After he successfully defends falsely accused Charles Darney, Carton’s love for Lucie remains unrequited as she marries Darnay. When Darnay is ultimately condemned to death by a revolutionary tribunal during the Reign of Terror, his only hope for rescue lies with Carton. Written by

Director: William Humphrey

Production Co: Vitagraph Company of America
Writers: Charles Dickens (novel), Eugene Mullin (scenario)
Stars: Maurice Costello, Florence Turner, Charles Kent

The Miser’s Heart 1911

The Misers heart

Thieves decide to steal the money an old miser has hidden away. He refuses to open the safe for them, so they threaten to kill a girl who lives in his building.

Director: D. W. Griffith
Screenplay: George Hennessy
Production company: Biograph Company
Cinematography: Billy Bitzer

Stars: Linda Arvidson, Lionel Barrymore, William J. Butler


The Fall of Troy 1911

La caduta di Troia (original title)

La caduta_di_Troia

English subs


One of the first epics on the History of Movies, it tells the story of the Fall of Troy: Paris seduces Helen, queen of Sparta, and takes her to Troy, the city state of his father, King Priam. The Greeks declare war against the Trojans, and after ten years of siege finally, manage to invade the city with a wooden horse.
– Written by José Maria Neto

Directors: Luigi Romano Borgnetto, Giovanni Pastrone
Writer: Giovanni Pastrone
Stars: Luigi Romano Borgnetto, Giovanni Casaleggio, Madame Davesnes

L’Odissea 1911


A film adaptation of Homer’s  – The Odyssey in 44 minutes!

The movie has English Subs

The Italians were the first to take their hands at the truly epic nature of cinema, and they produced some amazing work during the early days of the movies. This one has some nice special effects and impressive moments is a little bit disappointing. The problem is that, instead of trying to make the story flow in a cinematic fashion, they use the title cards to describe which famous scene you’re going to see, and then you see it. The effect is somewhat like flipping through an illustrated book, and rather than capturing the excitement of the story, it just makes it feel remote and tedious.
Directors: Francesco Bertolini, Giuseppe de Liguoro
Writer: Homer
Stars: Giuseppe de Liguoro, Eugenia Tettoni Fior, Ubaldo Maria Del Colle

The Life and Deeds of the Immortal Vožd Karađorđe 1911

Also known as Karadjordje


The Life and Deeds of the Immortal Vožd Karađorđe (Serbian: Život i dela besmrtnog vožda Karađorđa, Живот и дела бесмртног вожда Карађорђа), or simply Karađorđe (Карађорђе), is a 1911 silent film which was the first feature-length motion picture made in Serbia and the Balkans. Directed by Ilija Stanojević, who also acted in it, the film depicts the life of early 19th-century Serbian revolutionary Karađorđe Petrović, portrayed by stage actor Milorad Petrović. Filmed in August and September 1911, it was produced by film entrepreneur Svetozar Botorić and was based on several sources, including historical and biographical works, a play by Miloš Cvetić, and the Serbian folk poem The Start of the Revolt Against the Dahias. The film had its premiere in Belgrade on 23 October 1911, where it was positively received. Re-released in 1925, the film was lost after being screened to a group of Serbian immigrants in the United States in 1928. It was considered a lost film until it was discovered by film historians Aleksandar Erdeljanović and Radoslav Zelenović in the Austrian Film Archives in Vienna on 16 July 2003. It has since been re-mastered and broadcast on Serbian television.

The film opens with a young Karađorđe Petrović (Milorad Petrović) killing a Turk (Ilija Stanojević) for the first time. Afterwards he shoots his own father, when the latter refuses to travel with him to the Habsburg Empire in the aftermath of the failure of an earlier rebellion against Ottoman Turkish rule. Karađorđe is later seen in Serbia, where he initially declines an offer to lead the First Serbian Uprising. Once he accepts, the Dahias (members of the Jannisary junta that ruled 19th-century Serbia) envision their fate reflected in a bowl of water drawn from the Danube. The subsequent uprising leads to Karađorđe’s death at the hands of Vujica Vulićević (also portrayed by Stanojević), an agent of rival Serbian revolutionary Miloš Obrenović.

Director: Ilija Stanojević Čiča
Cinematography: Louis Pitrolf De Beery
Cast: Ilija Stanojević Čiča, Milorad Petrović, Dobrica Milutinovic,
Screenplay: Ilija Stanojević Čiča, Cira Manok
Producers: Svetozar Botorić, Pate Frer

The Black Dream 1911

Balletdanserinden (August Blom, DK, 1911)

Also known as Den sorte drøm

Two men of high rank are both wooing the beautiful and famous equestrian acrobat Stella. While Stella ignores the jeweler Hirsch, she accepts Count von Waldberg’s offer to follow her home, where she falls in his arms. At her party some days later Hirsch turns up uninvited. He says he wants to give Stella a piece of jewelry, but she repulses his advances. When Waldberg sees this he knocks Hirsch down. Hirsch challenges him to a duel by cards. Waldberg loses all his money, and in the end also has to sign a promissory note on 85.000, which should be paid within 24 hours. To help Waldberg solve his debt Stella goes to Hirsch to receive the brooch he has promised her. While he turns away, she steals a precious necklace from him, but he happens to see the theft in a mirror. He tails her to a park, where he sees Stella giving the necklace to Waldberg. Hirsch tells Stella to come to him at midnight, if she wants him to be silent about the theft. When Waldberg finds out that Stella is going to Hirsch in the night, he becomes jealous and goes there as well. By mistake he happens to shoot Stella, who reveals her sacrifice for him before she dies.
– Written by Maths Jesperson {}

No English titles. However,the story is straightforward and one should be able to follow it without to much difficulty

Director: Urban Gad
Writers: Urban Gad (screenplay), Gebhard Schätzler-Perasini (screenplay)
Stars: Asta Nielsen, Valdemar Psilander, Gunnar Helsengreen