Bright and Early 1918


Bright and Early is a 1918 short comedy film featuring Oliver Hardy. This short is preserved in the Library of Congress’s collection. Wikipedia

Director: Charley Chase
Producer: Louis Burstein
Cast: Oliver Hardy, Billy West



How to Make Movies 1918


This film was never released for the general public. It was hidden in Chaplin’s private vaults for forty years until he included some parts of it in his compilation ‘The Chaplin Revue’ in 1959.

Review by Patrick Terry
Nice performance piece, that does yield a few nice moments of late teens film production. Would love to have seen more of the studio and acting style prep over the character work that takes over the last third of the picture.

Director: Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Writer: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Albert Austin, Henry Bergman, Eric Campbell


Seeing London 1918

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This movie was filmed in 1918 and released sometime in the early 1920’s

A unique glimpse at London in 1918, some months before the end of World War I. The film shows some of the famous sights of the city, from Westminster to St Paul’s Cathedral, from Clepotra’s Needle to the Tower of London where military exercises are being held. The film was shot by the American traveler Elias Burton Holmes (1870–1958) who photographed and filmed his travels abroad, later holding lectures and screening the films to paying audiences. Other than providing unique early documentation of London’s top sights, the film also shows a baseball match played between the US Army and US Navy where King George V is seen attending and greeting the players. The match was played at the Chelsea Football Ground on July 4th, the American Independence Day, and was attended by 18,000 spectators, including the King and Queen.


The Married Virgin 1918

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In order to save her wealthy father from disgrace and a possible prison sentence, a daughter agrees to marry the gigolo who’s been blackmailing him. What the daughter doesn’t know, however, is that the gigolo is actually in cahoots with her father’s new wife, a conniving schemer who plans to fleece her new husband for everything he has, then flee the country with her lover. Written by

Director: Joseph Maxwell
Screenplay: Hayden Talbot
Story by: Hayden Talbot
Producer: Maxwell Productions

Stars: Vera Sisson, Rudolph Valentino, Frank Newburg

Fabiola 1918


Fabiola is a 1918 Italian silent historical film with English subtitles

The Palatino Film production is an adaptation of the 1854 novel Fabiola by Cardinal Nicholas Patrick Wiseman. The story is set in Rome in the early 4th century AD, during the time of the persecution of Christians under the Roman Emperor Diocletian.

The heroine of both book and film is Fabiola, a young beauty from a noble Roman family. She is spoiled by her father Fabius, who cannot deny her anything. Fabiola seems to have everything, including a superior education in the philosophers, yet under the surface, she is not content with her life.

One day, in a fit of rage, she attacks and wounds her slave girl Syra, who is secretly a Christian. The proud, spoiled Roman girl is humbled by Syra’s humility, maturity and devotion to her in this situation, and a slow transformation begins, which finally culminates in her conversion to Christianity, brought on by her own cousin Agnes, whom she adores and dotes on.

Another thread of the novel deals with the young boy Pancratius (in the film called Pancrazio), a pious Christian and son of a martyr, who is himself preparing for martyrdom. Pancratius’ nemesis is Corvinus, a bullying schoolmate who is irritated by the young Christian’s saintliness. He does everything to bring him and the Christian community of the catacombs of Rome down. This includes the orchestrating of the lynching of their former teacher Cassianus, who is secretly Christian. Yet Pancratius shows his enemy the meaning of Christian forgiveness when he saves his life shortly after Corvinus had Cassianus killed.

Another major villain in the book is the enigmatic Fulvius (in the film called Fulvio), an apparently rich young man from the East who soon reveals himself to be a hunter of Christians who turns them in to the authorities for money. His aim on the one hand is to gain the hand of either Fabiola or Agnes, and on the other hand, to uproot the Christian community in Rome.

After some dramatic events that reveal his surprising connections to Syra, who is his long-lost younger sister Myriam, Fulvius rejects his evil ways, converts to Christianity and becomes a hermit. The story also weaves a number of martyrdom accounts and legends of real-life Christian saints into the fictitious story. These include St. Agnes and St. Sebastian (Sebastiano in the film).

Director: Enrico Guazzoni
Cinematography: Alfredo Lenci
Adapted from: Fabiola

Writers: Fausto Salvatori (adaptation), Nicholas Patrick Wiseman (novel)
Stars: Giulia Cassini-Rizzotto, Bruto Castellani, Giorgio Fini

Carmen 1918

This film is also known as Gypsy Blood

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The tragic story of Don Jose, a Spanish cavalryman, who falls under the spell of a gypsy girl, Carmen, who treats him with both love and contempt and leads him into temptation and thus damnation.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Writers: Grete Diercks, Norbert Falk
Stars: Pola Negri, Harry Liedtke, Leopold von Ledebur

Hear ‘Em Rave 1918

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Hear ‘Em Rave is a 1918 short comedy film featuring Harold Lloyd

Director: Gilbert Pratt
Producer: Hal Roach

Stars: Harold Lloyd, ‘Snub’ Pollard, Bebe Daniels