Tag Archives: 1910s
The Life Story of David Lloyd George (1918) Maurice Elvey, Norman Page, Alma Reville, Ernest Thesiger, Biography, Drama, History
A man and his wife both have criminal pasts, but have quit crime and are now respectable citizens. One day a member of their old gang shows up and threatens to expose them if they don’t help him pull a heist.
The Forbidden City (1918) Sidney Franklin, Norma Talmadge, Thomas Meighan, E. Alyn Warren, Drama, Romance
The daughter of a Chinese mandarin is sentenced to death for her secret marriage to an American. Their child, raised in the mandarin’s palace, grows up and escapes to seek her father, now a high-ranking official in the Philippines.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (1917) Chester M. Franklin, Sidney Franklin, Francis Carpenter, F.A. Turner, Virginia Lee Corbin, Fantasy
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp was another of Fox’s lavishly produced “Sunset Kiddies” series, wherein most of the principal roles were enacted by children. In this case, Aladdin is portrayed by juvenile performer Francis Carpenter, while other key roles were filled by such stars-in-the-making as Virginia Lee Corbin, Gertrude Messenger and Buddy Messenger and Lewis Sargent. The film was by no means a parody: the youthful performers played their parts with utmost sincerity, and most effectively. As was traditional in the “Sunset Kiddies” films, a few adult performers were scattered throughout the proceedings, notably Elmo Lincoln, the screen’s first Tarzan, who here portrayed the towering Genie of the Lamp. Unfortunately, none of the “Sunset Kiddies” efforts is currently available for reappraisal.
Die Austernprinzessin / The Oyster Princess (1919) Ernst Lubitsch, Victor Janson, Ossi Oswalda, Harry Liedtke, Comedy
Oyster-king Quaker cannot be impressed anymore. He is so rich that he even has a special butler holding his cigar while he is smoking. The only thing Quaker would be impressed by is if his daughter Ossi were to marry a real prince. He makes an offer to the poor prince Nucki, who sends his friend Josef to get a clear idea of the woman.
Based on the fairy tale: Cinderella is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, and is forced to live as their servant. One day, the Fairy Godmother appears to the family disguised as an elderly, destitute woman. The others treat her harshly, but Cinderella is kind to her and feeds her. The Fairy Godmother invisibly helps Cinderella, helping her when she goes to gather wood, and enabling her to meet Prince Charming as he travels through the forest. Soon afterward, the king plans a great ball so that the prince can meet all the women and choose one for his bride. Cinderella must help her family prepare for the ball, while she stays at home. But the Fairy Godmother appears again, and miraculously enables Cinderella to go after all, with dramatic consequences.
The Coward (1915) Reginald Barker, Thomas H. Ince, Frank Keenan, Charles Ray, Gertrude Claire, Drama, History, War
Confederate soldier Frank Winslow is terrified of the war and eventually runs away from battle. But when he finds himself behind enemy lines with vital information, he must decide between his fear and his conscience.