Their One Love 1915

Fairbanks twins

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 http://www.thanhouser.org~~!they also have a facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/thanhouse
Director: Jack Harvey
Writer: Gertrude Thanhouser

Production Co: Thanhouser Film Corporation
Stars: Madeline Fairbanks, Marion Fairbanks, Robert Wilson

 

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