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"Father Gets in the Game" is a short comedy directed by D.W. Griffith. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of actress Florence Lawrence and cinematographer Billy Bitzer, stars of Silent Hall of Fame.

An elderly gentleman gets snubbed by his family members when he wants to go out.  He decides to get a make-over, which leads to dramatic consequences.

"His New Mamma" is a nice Mack Sennett short comedy, directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Harry Langdon and Alice Day, 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.

"The Miser's Heart" is a short crime drama directed by D.W. Griffith, featuring Robert Harron and cinematographer Billy Bitzer, stars of Silent Hall of Fame.

"Rose O' Salem-Town" is a short drama directed by D. W. Griffith, featuring cinematographer Billy Bitzer, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

"Rose O' Salem Town"  deals with religious fanaticism and how it is sometimes used to settle personal accounts.

We trust that silent film lovers will not judge harshly the quality of the print.  Many early D.W. Griffith films are only available in a paper print format, and we are all very lucky that they have survived the trials of time for us to enjoy.

"The Song of the Shirt" is a short, but poignant social drama directed by D.W. Griffith, featuring Florence Lawrence and cinematographer Billy Bitzer, stars of Silent Hall of Fame. Arthur Johnson has a small part as a waiter, and Robert Harron appears as a stock boy.

A young seamstress desperately looks for work, trying to help her very sick sister.

"The Luck o' the Foolish" is a nice Mack Sennett short comedy, directed by Harry Edwards and starring Harry Langdon and a charming 16 year young Marceline Day, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream", produced by Vitagraph and directed by Charles Kent, is a short film based on the fantasy play of Shakespeare, featuring Florence Turner, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.  

Viewers are advised to read the plot that follows before proceeding with the film.

"In the Border States" is a short Civil War drama directed by D. W. Griffith, featuring cinematographer Billy Bitzer, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

The film deals with the human aspect of the war.  Representatives from both conflicting sides are forced to choose between the loyalty to their banner and the higher moral obligation to humanity.

"The First 100 Years" is a nice Mack Sennett short comedy, directed by Harry Sweet and starring Harry Langdon and Alice Day, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.  Even though only 14 minutes of the original 20 minutes survive, the film is very entertaining with a lot of action, laughs and scares.

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

"A Natural Born Gambler" is a short comedy starring Bert Williams and featuring cinematographer Billy Bitzer, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

Bert Williams was a major Broadway comedian.  He was invited by Biograph to write, direct and star in two films, with "A Natural Born Gambler" being the better one by all accounts.

Bert Williams loves poker and is on the verge of winning big (with the help of cheating) when the police intervenes and he is thrown in jail. There he has a dream of playing a poker hand, but will he win or will he lose?

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