silent_films

"The Black Viper"  is a short crime drama, featuring cinematographer Billy Bitzer, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

A man saves a girl after she is attacked in the street by a thug nicknamed Viper.  Later the thug comes back with a gang, overpowers the man and takes him away on a cart. The girl organizes a pursuit with the help of friends, and they chase the gang on a rocky mountain terrain.

D.W. Griffith plays the role of one of the rescuers in addition to the director's job.

"The Red Man's View" is a short Western directed by D.W. Griffith, featuring actor Arthur Johnson and cinematographer Billy Bitzer, stars of Silent Hall of Fame.

A native American tribe is driven away from their land by the conquerors, one of which is Arthur Johnson.

"Hearts of the world" is a war drama directed by D. W. Griffith. This film illustrates the work of actor Robert Harron and cinematographer Billy Bitzer, stars of Silent Hall of Fame. 

Two American families share a house in a peaceful French town.  The Boy (Robert Harron) of one family  and the Girl (Lillian Gish) of the other have a romance.

When the war breaks out the Boy joins the army and the Girl puts her wedding dress in a box.  Despite heroic resistance from the defenders of the town, they are overcome by the brutal onslaught of the enemy.  

"Cinderella" is a fantasy film, based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault.

Directed by      James Kirkwood
Produced by        Famous Players Film Company
Based on      Cinderella by Charles Perrault
Starring     Mary Pickford
Distributed by     Paramount Pictures
Release date      December 28, 1914
Running time      52 minutes
Country     United States
Language     Silent, English intertitles

You can see some interesting stuff on our website silent-hall-of-fame.org.

"A Jitney Elopement" is one of Charlie Chaplin's Essanay short comedies, featuring Edna Purviance, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

You can see a slideshow of stills from this film and other interesting stuff on our website silent-hall-of-fame.org.

Silent Hall of Fame is the only place where we actively work to bring back from oblivion the names and legacy of formerly illustrious silent movie stars, which have made a major contribution to the industry and the world but do not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1920) is considered the first great American horror film.  It is included in our program to illustrate the contributions to the Motion Pictures industry of two stars of Silent Hall of Fame - director John S. Robertson and actress Martha Mansfield.

This is a complete version and contains about 5.30 m. footage absent from other versions streamed here.

"A Romance Of Happy Valley" is a drama directed by D. W. Griffith. This film illustrates the work of actor Robert Harron and cinematographer Billy Bitzer, stars of Silent Hall of Fame. 

John (Robert Harron) is a country boy working on his father's corn fields.  One day John meets a New York man, whose stories about wealth stir his imagination and he decides to leave for the big city in search of luck and fortune.  Jennie (Lillian Gish) is left behind to wait for him.

"A Night Out" is one of Charlie Chaplin's Essanay short comedies, featuring Edna Purviance, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. 

This is the film, in which Edna Purviance made her debut as a leading lady for Charlie Chaplin.

You can see a slideshow of stills from this film and other interesting stuff on our website silent-hall-of-fame.org.

"A Drunkard's Reformation" (1909) is a short drama directed by D.W. Griffith, featuring Arthur V. Johnson, Florence Lawrence, and cinematographer Billy Bitzer, stars of Silent Hall of Fame. Robert Harron has a small role as a theater usher.

"The Flapper" is an entertaining comedy featuring Olive Thomas, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. 

Olive Thomas was surely becoming one of the brightest stars in the cinematic sky, only to die just four months after the film's release.  She was 25. After this film the word "flapper" became synonymous with a young woman trying to break the conventional rules.

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