A Modern Monte Cristo 1917

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At Doctor Emerson’s farewell bachelor dinner, the conversation veered to the struggles in the medical world to achieve success legitimately. “Tomorrow,” said Emerson, “I operate on a rich old man; one of his relatives offered me $20,000 if he dies.” After the others had departed, the rejected suitor lingered, and kept Emerson up late, plying him with wine. The next day, he was unfit for the operation, and the patient died. The police, arrested Emerson on evidence contained in an anonymous letter and statement of the rejected suitor that Emerson had confessed the crime. On the way to prison Emerson escaped by jumping into the river, and after a futile search was reported as drowned. Years passed, and the rival, who had married Emerson’s former fiancée, became a successful ship owner. On visiting one of his ships his little daughter makes friends with a morose sailor, and a few days later she disappears. After several months an aviator brings the child back to her father, with a note tucked in her dress, “She has been saved by your bitterest enemy. Beware! Some day he will strike through her.” She tells of the trip on one of his own leaky boats, the wreck, and her rescue by the sailor “doctor man,” and her father realizes with terror who his enemy is.

—Moving Picture World synopsis

Director: Eugene Moore (as W. Eugene Moore)
Writers: Alexandre Dumas (novel) (as Alexandre Dumas père), Lloyd Lonergan (scenario)

Production Co: Thanhouser Film Corporation
Stars: Vincent Serrano, Helen Badgley, Thomas A. Curran


Nicolas Nickelby 1912




Nicholas Nickleby is a 1912 American silent short drama film directed by George Nichols, adapted from Charles Dickens’ 1839 novel of the same name. The two-reel film stars Harry Benham in the title role and Mignon Anderson. Wikipedia

Director: George Nichols
Story by: Charles Dickens
Production company: Thanhouser Company
Cinematography: Carl Gregory

Stars: Harry Benham, Mignon Anderson, Frances Gibson

Silas Marner 1916


After having been wrongly accused of murder and robbery, a heretofore kindly and gregarious weaver becomes a nasty, bitter, lonely old miser.
Director: Ernest C. Warde (as Ernest Warde)
Writers: George Eliot (novel), Philip Lonergan (scenario)

Production Co: Thanhouser Film Corporation
Stars: Frederick Warde, Louise Bates, Morgan Jones


Daddy’s Double 1910


Daddy’s Double is a 1910 American silent short drama produced by the Thanhouser Film Corporation. The film focuses on Hal, a young man, who proposes to Sue, his love interest. Wikipedia


Hal Dunton is very much in love with Sue Post, in fact, too much so to suit Sue’s father. To drive the matrimony idea out of Sue’s head, papa places her in a boarding school and instructs the boarding mistress to keep a sharp eye out for Hal. This the lady does, and succeeds in defeating a plan on the young people’s part to elope. Hal and Sue are in black despair. Eventually Hal finds a way out. He hires a photographer to snap-shot Sue’s father in the street and then, using the resulting photo as a guide, makes up to resemble papa. As papa, he fools that gentleman’s coachman into driving him in the family coach to the boarding school, where Sue joins him. They journey to the parson’s and are wed, and outwitted papa “comes around” all right.

—Moving Picture World synopsis
Initial release: April 5, 1910
Director: Lloyd Lonergan
Screenplay: Lloyd Lonergan
Producer: Edwin Thanhouser
Production company: Thanhouser Company
Cast: Fred Santley, Isabelle Daintry, Frank Hall Crane

Petticoat Camp 1912

pettycoat camp

Several married couples go on a camp-out together, but the women soon realize that the men expect them to do all the dirty work.

REVIEW, The Morning Telegraph, November 10, 1912:

“Picturesque in scenery, unique in plot and pleasing because of the story and the many pretty girls appearing in the cast, this comedy is another Thanhouser offering worth securing. A group of summer vacationists go camping, all being married. The women folk finally become disgusted with their husbands because they are obliged to do all of the work while the men go off hunting and fishing. At last the women strike and settle on a nearby island of their own discovery. The husbands try to get along without them, but in vain. A plot to frighten the wives proves unsuccessful, and at last the men are forced to plead for peace, and thus the better halves are brought back to camp, when the work is evenly divided

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Produced by: Thanhouser Company
Stars: William Garwood, Florence La Badie

The Portrait of Lady Anne 1912

The Portrait of the lady Anne

The ghost of a selfish, inconsiderate woman must make up for her past transgressions by making sure that her descendant marries the man who is right for her.

Director: Lloyd Lonergan
Screenplay: Lloyd Lonergan
Producer: Edwin Thanhouser
Production company: Thanhouser Company

Stars: Florence La Badie, Justus D. Barnes, William Russell

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