Tag Archives: 1910s

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 (1917)
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.
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Cinderella (1914) James Kirkwood, Mary Pickford, Owen Moore, Isabel Vernon, Fantasy, Drama

Cinderella (1914)
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.
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