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!they also have a facebook page at
Director: Jack Harvey
Writer: Gertrude Thanhouser

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



The Cry of the Children 1912

The cry of the children

An indictment of the evils of child labor, the film was controversial in its time for its use of actual footage of children employed in a working mill. Based upon a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Director: George Nichols
Writer: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (poem)

Production Co: Thanhouser Film Corporation
Stars: Marie Eline, Ethel Wright, James Cruze

His Uncle’s Wives 1913


his Uncles wives

A painter in New York City discovers that he has inherited a harem. Since he’s already married and his wife would definitely not approve, he must find a way to rid himself of his inheritance.
Director: Lawrence Marston
Writer: Lloyd Lonergan

Production company: Thanhouser Company
Stars: Harry Benham, Jean Darnell

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1912

Dr. Jeckel and Mr. Hyde 1912


A doctor (James Cruze) unleashes his own inner monster when he experiments with the nature of good and evil.
Initial release: January 16, 1912
Director: Lucius J. Henderson
Production company: Thanhouser Company
Story by: Robert Louis Stevenson, Thomas Russell Sullivan

Stars: James Cruze, Florence La Badie, Marie Eline

This is the oldest surviving movie adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”.

The Marble Heart 1913

The Marble heart


Directed by – Unknown ?

Production: Thanhouser Film Corporation

Writer: Charles Selby (play)
Stars: Marguerite Snow, James Cruze, Florence La Badie

The Woman in White 1917

The Woman in White

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The Woman in White is a 1917 American drama film that was directed by Ernest C. Warde. It comprises five reels of 4,627 feet and had its premiere on July 1, 1917. Length: 1 hour 8 minutes. The film was originally distributed by Pathé. Wikipedia
Initial release: July 1, 1917
Director: Ernest C. Warde
Screenplay: Lloyd Lonergan
Story by: Wilkie Collins
Production company: Thanhouser Company
Cast: Florence La Badie, Claude Cooper, Richard Neill, J.H. Gilmour, Gertrude Dallas, Wayne Arey, Arthur Bauer

Crossed Wires 1915

crossed wires

An innocent man is accused of murdering his aunt.

Director: Frederic Richard Sullivan
Screenplay: Philip Lonergan
Production company: Thanhouser Company
Cast: Florence La Badie, J. Morris Foster, Boyd Marshall, Ernest C. Warde, Ina Hammer, Inda Palmer