Tag Archives: 1910s
The Lottery Man (1916) Leopold Wharton, Theodore Wharton, Thurlow Bergen, Elsie Esmond, Oliver Hardy, Comedy
M’liss, a feisty young girl in a mining camp, falls for Charles Gray, the school teacher. Charles is implicated in a murder of which he is innocent, and the two must fight to save him from a lynching.
The Return of Draw Egan (1916) William S. Hart, Margery Wilson, Robert McKim, Action, Adventure, Romance
Outlaw leader “Draw” Egan, believed dead, turns up in the town of Yellow Dog. The townsfolk believe him to be William Blake, a strong and law-abiding man. They appoint him sheriff to rid the town of the hoodlums who have nearly taken over.
The President / Præsidenten (1919) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Richard Christensen, Christian Engelstoft, Hallander Helleman, Drama
The judge in a Danish town sees his illegitimate daughter facing a trial for the murder of her newborn child, and is rather sure that she will be sentenced to death. She became pregnant from an aristocrat who didn’t want to marry her. The same fate happened to her mother, although he wasn’t allowed to marry because of a vow he had given to his father who had to marry under rank after the girl got pregnant. As expected the sentence for his daughter is death, he asks for a pardon, but this isn’t granted although he is promoted. So he decides to free her and get her out of the country at all costs.
The Delicious Little Devil (1919) Robert Z. Leonard, Mae Murray, Richard Cummings, Harry L. Rattenberry, Comedy, Drama
A poor hat-check girl loses her job and is forced to get a job as a dancer at a roadhouse. There she falls in love with the son of a rich businessman. The boy’s father, believing her to be after the family’s money, determines to embarrass her and show his son what she really is.
Civilization (1915) Reginald Barker, Thomas H. Ince, Howard C. Hickman, Enid Markey, Lola May, Drama
Allegorical film about peace. A king starts a war, many of the women are against it, people are pressed into service. A count has constructed a submarine and gets the order to sink an ocean liner, that is also carrying – supposedly – ammunition for the enemy. The count refuses to fire the torpedos, and sinks the submarine. He survives, but in a limbo between death and life where he meets Jesus, who takes him over to preach peace. Naturally the king arrests him and sentences him to death for treason, but then Jesus shows him the real face of war.