Salomy Jane 1914

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Salomy Jane is a 1914 American Western feature film based on Bret Harte’s 1898 novella of the same name. It is the only known surviving complete work of silent film era actress Beatriz Michelena and the California Motion Picture Corporation. Wikipedia

When beautiful Salomy Jane resists the romantic advances of a young ruffian, she is rescued by Jack Dart, who has his own additional reasons for tangling with the man. Jack fights the ruffian and kills him. He escapes with the law on his trail, for it is (wrongly) presumed that he is also the man who held up the stagecoach. Salomy Jane comes to his rescue when he is captured and about to be lynched.
– Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Director: William Nigh
Cinematography: Arthur A. Cadwell
Screenplay: Bret Harte, Paul Armstrong, Jr.

 

Stars: Beatriz Michelena, House Peters, William Pike

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The Plumber 1914

This Keystone from the end of 1914, involving the usual suspects running around some plumbing issues, will not hold many surprises for those familiar with Keystone in this period, or, indeed, with the works of the Three Stooges, who often played inept plumbers. It is, nonetheless, very nicely performed, especially by Charles Murray, who mugs it up freely and ineptly, as well as the pretty girl who plays the house’s maid.

Although this will likely not make any new fans for Keystone or Mr. Murray, for those who are pleased by the field, it will, I feel confident, prove to be a superior effort as it takes potshots at all the classes. If you don’t know much beyond Chaplin from this period, take a look  …by bob lipton (New York City)

Director: Dell Henderson

Produced by Mack Sennett
Stars: Charles Murray, Josef Swickard, Billie Brockwell, Al St. John

A Dog’s Love 1914

A Dog’s Love is a 1914 American short silent fantasy film

The film is about a dog who loses his best friend, when a young girl is killed in an automobile accident, and focuses on his emotions in dealing with his loss. Well-received because of its “universally appealing” theme, the dog’s emotions were reported as surpassing the child’s histrionics.
The film was shot on one reel by the Thanhouser Company, 1,007 feet (307 m) in total. It was shot in standard 35mm and a spherical 1.37:1 format. It was distributed by the Mutual Film Corporation upon release. Kitty Kelly of The Chicago Tribune called it a “miniature masterpiece.” Copies of the film are in the Museum of Modern Art of New York City and the National Film, Television and Sound Archive of Ottawa film archive.

Director: Jack Harvey (as John J. Harvey)
Writer: Nolan Gane
Stars: Shep the Dog, Helen Badgley, Arthur Bauer

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,

 

Max on the briny (Max a Monaco), 1914

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“An exceedingly funny comedy written and acted by Max Linder, showing the extremely ludicrous adventures of an intoxicated man aboard a yacht. It is burlesque comedy of the lowest order, but absolutely clean and without the slightest trace of vulgarity. Laughable from start to finish. E.” (The New York Dramatic Mirror, April 21, 1915).
Premiered in Luxemburg on July 11, 1914, released in the US on May 5, 1915. The “unbilled” actress, appearing in the opening scenes, is believed to be Lilian Greuze.

 

Run time 12 minutes 59 seconds

 

 

 

Max and the Lady Doctor (Max et la doctoresse), 1914

Max and the lady doctor

Pathe comedy by Max Linder, who wrote, directed and starred in it.

“Max makes love to the lady doctor, who, of course, cannot forbid his visiting her, and we see him married later to the lady, but each time he starts to embrace she is called away to treat a sudden patient. Finally he kicks all the patients out of the office and domesticity reigns supreme”. F. (The New York Dramatic Mirror, Dec. 9, 1914)

Note: The IMDB gives 1909 as release date. That has proven to be wrong, when film historian Henri Bousquet published his ‘Catalogue Pathe des annees 1896 a 1914’ in 1995.
Max did star however in an earlier version “Le mari de la doctoresse” (Lady doctor’s husband) in late 1907, but no print of that film seems to has survived.

Director: Max Linder
Writer: Max Linder
Stars: Max Linder, Lucy d’Orbel, Georges Gorby

The Bargain 1914

The Bargin

After the bandit Jim Stokes robs the stage he is wounded fleeing. Recuperating at a ranch, he falls in love with and marries the daughter. Now wishing to go straight he tries to return the money but is recognized and captured. When the Sheriff then loses the recovered money at a crooked roulette table, he and Stokes strike a bargain.
– Written by Maurice VanAuken <vanauken@comcast.net>

 

Initial release: 1914
Director: Reginald Barker
Screenplay: Thomas H. Ince
Stars: William S. Hart, J. Frank Burke, Clara Williams
Cinematography: Joseph H. August, Robert Newhard
Distributor: Paramount Pictures