silent_films

"Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son" is a short comedy featuring cinematographer Billy Bitzer, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

During a village fair Tom steals a pig and runs away with it chased by a crowd of persecutors.  The pig becomes unruly and hampers the escape, but the chasers have their own problem as they constantly stumble upon each other. Will Tom take advantage and escape?

"Enoch Arden" is a short drama directed by D. W. Griffith. This film illustrates the work of actress Florence La Badie, actor Robert Harron and cinematographer Billy Bitzer, stars of Silent Hall of Fame.

Enoch wins Annie's hand after a bitter rivalry with Philip.  Years later Enoch decides to leave on a ship to China to improve his financial fortunes. His wife and two little children are left behind.  Annie waits faithfully and vainly for his return.

"Enoch Arden" is one of the films from 1911 with the highest rating in IMDB.

"Lightning Bryce" is a Western cliffhanger serial featuring Jack Hoxie, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

This is episode 5, entitled "In the Dragon's Den".  There is action, intrigue, and even a "Mystery Woman".  Stay tuned, 10 more episodes are coming.

"Those Awful Hats" is a very short comedy directed by D.W. Griffith, featuring Robert Harron, Florence Lawrence and cinematographer Billy Bitzer, stars of Silent Hall of Fame.

This is a rare attempt at comedy by D.W. Griffith.  Florence Lawrence gets credit for the film, but it is hard to spot her in the audience, unlike a very young Robert Harron, who has a prominent role together with Mack Sennett.

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

"Lightning Bryce" is a Western cliffhanger serial featuring Jack Hoxie, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

This is episode 4, entitled "The Noose".  There is action, intrigue, and even a "Mystery Woman".  Stay tuned, 11 more episodes are coming.

"Lightning Bryce" is a Western cliffhanger serial featuring Jack Hoxie, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

This is episode 3, entitled "Perilous Trails".  There is action, intrigue, and even a "Mystery Woman".  Stay tuned, 12 more episodes are coming.

"Something New" is a suspenseful Western drama, featuring Nell Shipman, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

In this film horseback bandits chase a car on a rugged terrain in Mexico.

Nell Shipman was a Canadian. She was an actress portraying strong female characters that liked the outdoors and adventures.

"Max Wants a Divorce" is a short comedy starring Max Linder and Martha Mansfield, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.  It was her second film ever, and her second of three films with Max Linder for Essanay Studios.

 
Martha and Max are just married when he gets a letter from his lawyer notifying him that he will receive a 3 million dollar inheritance if he is not married.  As anyone would do, Max starts concocting a plan to keep both the money and his wife Martha.  His idea is to cause a divorce, obtain his inheritance, and get married with Martha again.

"The Golden Louis" is a short drama directed by D.W. Griffith.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of Arthur Johnson, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

"The Voice Of The Violin" is a short drama directed by D.W. Griffith, featuring Arthur Johnson and cinematographer Billy Bitzer, stars of Silent Hall of Fame.

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