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Alec B. Francis

  • Dec 02, 1867 - Jul 06, 1934 (age 66)
  • 6' 0" (1.82 m)
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1934
Outcast Lady
MovieSep 28, 1934

Outcast Lady

A woman's trials and tribulations over a romance since …
A woman's trials and tribulations over a romance since childhood, protecting her husband's secret past, and the trouble it causes with her brother.
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Alec B. Francis
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Alec B. Francis

Alec B. Francis passed away.
I'll Tell the World
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MovieApr 21, 1934

I'll Tell the World

I'll Tell the World is a 1934 American pre-Code comedy …
I'll Tell the World is a 1934 American pre-Code comedy film directed by Edward Sedgwick and written by Ralph Spence and Dale Van Every. The film stars Lee Tracy, Gloria Stuart, Roger Pryor, Onslow Stevens, Alec B. Francis and Willard Robertson. The film was released on April 21, 1934, by Universal Pictures.
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The Mystery of Mr. X
MovieFeb 23, 1934

The Mystery of Mr. X

There have been a spate of London police murders, the victims …
There have been a spate of London police murders, the victims always killed by a long knife (which the police know is a sword cane), the murders always taking place in a deserted but successively different part of town, and the police always being notified by the murderer that he will strike beforehand. By his signed notes, the murderer has dubbed himself as X. The police have their first real lead when the latest murder occurs outside the home where the Drayton Diamond was stolen on the same night. The diamond thief is Nick Revel, a suave, confident career thief, and his two accomplices, an insurance clerk named 'Hutch' Hutchinson, and a taxi driver named Joe Palmer. Nick, however, is not Mr. X, but he and his accomplices know they can't pawn the diamond or return the diamond for its insurance money now until Mr. X is caught. When a well known and respected man named Sir Christopher Marche is arrested for the murders on circumstantial evidence, Nick knows the police have the wrong man. Nick, who has an idea on how the police can find Mr. X, decides the best thing he can do is to make a up a story to clear Sir Christopher while suggesting his plan to the police. In this process, both Sir Christopher and the lead investigator, Superintendent Connor, don't quite trust Nick, the latter who suspects he is the diamond thief. Nick realizes that the police are onto him, which worries both Hutch and Joe more than it worries the confident Nick. But the one person who does trust Nick is Jane Frensham, Sir Christopher's fiancé and Police Commissioner Sir Herbert Frensham's daughter. Sir Herbert himself has been under great criticism by the public for failing to stop the murders. In the process of Nick's assistance, Nick and Jane have fallen in love with each other. To protect himself under the circumstances and protect Jane's good name, Nick feels his only solution is to capture Mr. X himself.
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1933
Alice in Wonderland
MovieDec 18, 1933

Alice in Wonderland

On a boring winter afternoon, Alice dreams, that she's visiting …
On a boring winter afternoon, Alice dreams, that she's visiting the land behind the mirror. This turns out to be a surrealistic nightmare, with all sorts of strange things happening to her, like changing her size or playing croquet with flamingos.
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His Private Secretary
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MovieJun 10, 1933

His Private Secretary

Dick Wallace secretly …
Dick Wallace secretly marries a minister's grand-daughter but his father, who thinks she is a gold digger, is opposed. She takes a job with the company under her maiden name to prove she's okay.
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Looking Forward
MovieApr 28, 1933

Looking Forward

Depression Era story set in London has department store owner …
Depression Era story set in London has department store owner (Lewis Stone) facing bankruptcy while his family fritters away money. A long-standing employee (Lionel Barrymore) gets fired but finds new life in a home-based bakery. The owner's wife (Benita Hume) can't face life without money, so she runs off with another man. The tables turn, however, when a last-minute reprieve saves the store and a new relationship is forged between the men.
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Oliver Twist
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MovieFeb 28, 1933

Oliver Twist

An orphan boy in 1830's London is abused in a workhouse, then …
An orphan boy in 1830's London is abused in a workhouse, then falls into the clutches of a gang of thieves.
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1932
Alias Mary Smith
MovieJul 15, 1932

Alias Mary Smith

A young woman trying to obtain proof that a gangster …
A young woman trying to obtain proof that a gangster committed a murder is befriended by a playboy who drinks just a bit too much.
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No Greater Love
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MovieJun 4, 1932

No Greater Love

Owing more than just a passing nod to "Abie's Irish Rose," a …
Owing more than just a passing nod to "Abie's Irish Rose," a kindly Jewish delicatessen owner in New York City, Sidney Cohen, adopts a young, crippled Irish girl, Mildred, with much opposition from many quarters.
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1931
Mata Hari
MovieDec 26, 1931

Mata Hari

A semi-fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic …
A semi-fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was accused of spying for Germany during World War I.
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Arrowsmith
MovieDec 7, 1931

Arrowsmith

A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he …
A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine.
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Stout Hearts and Willing Hands
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MovieJun 15, 1931

Stout Hearts and Willing Hands

This Masquers short (the first …
This Masquers short (the first of the series) is a parody of every old-time melodrama that trod the stages or graced the silver screen...Our Nell...the Old Folks at Home...the Old Homestead...the Villain holding the Mortgage...the pure-as-snow Hero with IDEALs...and the Old Saw Mill with the Heroine tied to a log rapidly approaching the the Old (but sharp) Buzz Saw. All with the Keystone Kops thrown in.
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Captain Applejack
MovieJan 31, 1931

Captain Applejack

An ordinary man is confronted by gangsters who have reason …
An ordinary man is confronted by gangsters who have reason to believe a treasure is buried somewhere on his property.
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1930
Feet First
MovieOct 30, 1930

Feet First

Ambitious shoe salesman, Harold, unknowingly meets the boss' …
Ambitious shoe salesman, Harold, unknowingly meets the boss' daughter and tells her he is a leather tycoon. The rest of the film he spends hiding his true circumstances, in the store and later on a ship. Trying to deliver a letter, he later finds himself dangling high above the street on a building's scaffolding.
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Outward Bound
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MovieSep 17, 1930

Outward Bound

Later remade as "Between Two Worlds."
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Murder Will Out
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MovieApr 6, 1930

Murder Will Out

Chinese gang blackmails businessman.
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The Case of Sergeant Grischa
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MovieFeb 23, 1930

The Case of Sergeant Grischa

Sergeant Gischa Patrotkin …
Sergeant Gischa Patrotkin (Chester Morris), a simple-minded Russian soldier, escapes from a German prisoner-of-war camp. He hides out for awhile with a peasant girl named Babka (Betty Compson), but finally his longing for his homeland overcomes him. Wearing the identity of a dead Russian spy he is soon recaptured by the Germans and sentenced to death. The German ruthlessness and disdain for justice is driven home when proof of his innocence of being the spy is brushed aside.
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1929
The Bishop Murder Case
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MovieDec 31, 1929

The Bishop Murder Case

The murders start with the …
The murders start with the body of Robin. He is found with a arrow through the heart, but Vance deduces that the body was placed and not found where he was killed. The note found dealing with the murder was part of a nursery rhyme and signed by 'Bishop'. The only witness may have been Mrs. Drukker and Adolph, but they are not talking. As the murders progress, each one is accompanied by a nursery rhyme. It is up to Philo Vance to unravel the clues and unmask the identity of the murderer 'Bishop'.
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Evangeline
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MovieJul 27, 1929

Evangeline

In Acadia, now part of the Canadian province of Nova …
In Acadia, now part of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, young Evangeline is betrothed to Gabriel. But before their wedding can take place, the British imprison the men and send them into exile with their lands forfeit to the Crown. Evangeline follows the exiled men in hopes of finding her beloved, but even after he and the other Acadians are released in Louisiana, she cannot find him, always arriving at some locale just after he has departed. But she dedicates her life to searching the continent for the man she loves.
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1928
Companionate Marriage
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MovieOct 21, 1928

Companionate Marriage

Sally Williams (Betty …
Sally Williams (Betty Bronson) marries Donald Moore (Richard Walling) and have trials and tribulations and input from others but they demonstrate that the most successful marriages are usually based on trust and respect, rather than on sex alone. Released in the UK under the title of "The Jazz Bride".
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The Terror
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MovieSep 6, 1928

The Terror

Guests at an old English manor house are stalked by a …
Guests at an old English manor house are stalked by a mysterious killer known only as 'The Terror.'
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The Lion and the Mouse
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MovieMay 21, 1928

The Lion and the Mouse

Judge Ross, on the Federal …
Judge Ross, on the Federal Bench, rules in favor of a large company in litigation before him, unaware that a smaller company in which he owns considerable stock has been subsumed by the larger firm, thus creating appearance of a conflict of interests. When one of the Judge's enemies plots to ruin the Judge over this apparent improper behavior, Judge Ross's daughter Shirley sets out to prove her father's innocence.
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1926
Camille
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MovieDec 18, 1926

Camille

Camille is a courtesan in Paris. She falls deeply in love with a …
Camille is a courtesan in Paris. She falls deeply in love with a young man of promise, Armand Duval. When Armand's father begs her not to ruin his hope of a career and position by marrying Armand, she acquiesces and leaves her lover. However, when poverty and terminal illness overwhelm her, Camille discovers that Armand has not lost his love for her.
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The Return of Peter Grimm
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MovieNov 7, 1926

The Return of Peter Grimm

The fondest wish of Peter …
The fondest wish of Peter Grimm, elderly patriarch of a famous tulip growing family, is that his ward Kate will marry his nephew and primary heir, Fredrick. Though she loves another, she agrees to marry Fredrick. When Grimm dies, Fredrick reveals his true colors, and intends to sell the nursery. Grimm's ghost returns and regrets forcing his will on the others and works to change things.
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Forever After
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MovieOct 17, 1926

Forever After

From the day they first met in the schoolhouse in a small New …
From the day they first met in the schoolhouse in a small New England town, Theodore Wayne, son of a respected lawyer, and Jennie Clapton, daughter of wealthy parents, have been sweethearts. Their romance has progressed into their college years, where Ted has become a big football star on the gridiron. But Jack Randall, the wealthiest boy in town, has also courted Jennie, with the approval of her mother, impressed and blinded by Jack's money. Ted's father dies, and Ted has to leave college to return home to a menial job in order to support his mother. Jennie's love for him never waivers, but her mother convinces Ted that Jennie's happiness hinges on having money and social position. He leaves town, with his mother, and Jennie is heartbroken. Then World War I breaks out.
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3 Bad Men
MovieAug 28, 1926

3 Bad Men

Three outlaws come to the aid of a young girl after her father is …
Three outlaws come to the aid of a young girl after her father is killed.
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Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
MovieMar 21, 1926

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp

Low-life Harry falls in love with sweet Betty who inspires him …
Low-life Harry falls in love with sweet Betty who inspires him to improve himself so he can marry her. He enters a $25,000 cross-country hiking contest. After many adventures he wins, pays off his father Amos's mortgage and marries Betty.
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High Steppers
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MovieMar 14, 1926

High Steppers

Julian Perryam gets thrown out of Oxford University and returns …
Julian Perryam gets thrown out of Oxford University and returns to the family estate outside of London. He discovers that his sister and his mother are caught up in the "jazz" life and their father, who's the editor of a tabloid scandal rag, is too busy to notice. He also discovers that his sister is in love with the scoundrel son of his father's publisher, Victor Buckland. Learning that Buckland is actually an embezzler, Julian gets a job as a reporter on a muckraking publication and sets out to expose Buckland.
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1925
The Circle
MovieSep 22, 1925

The Circle

Elizabeth Cheney has a wealthy husband, social prominence …
Elizabeth Cheney has a wealthy husband, social prominence and everything she could want in life . . . except Ted Lutton, the man she loves. Now, she must decide whether to give up everything and everyone to follow her heart in The Circle. At a time when divorce means a lifetime of banishment from family, friends and society--foregoing a life of ease for a life of hardship--Lady Elizabeth (Eleanor Boardman) wants to leave her husband, Arnold (Creighton Hale), for their friend Ted Lutton (Malcolm McGregor). To help convince herself to stay with her husband, she invites Arnold's mother, Lady Catherine (Eugenie Besserer), who left Arnold's father for Lord Porteous (George Fawcett). Everything that Elizabeth sees confirms her belief that she should forgo love and stay with her husband . . . until she witnesses the true love still shared by this couple living in social exile.
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Capital Punishment
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MovieJan 1, 1925

Capital Punishment

An experiment in death penalty. A man is accused of a murder, …
An experiment in death penalty. A man is accused of a murder, that never happened. Complications arise.
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1924
The Tenth Woman
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MovieAug 25, 1924

The Tenth Woman

Young rancher Barry Compton, saves Willa Brookes from a …
Young rancher Barry Compton, saves Willa Brookes from a suicide attempt, and as his housekeeper she becomes secretly infatuated with him. Visiting in the East, he renews acquaintance with a married flapper, Rose Ann, who deserts her husband after they quarrel and comes to the ranch. Willa believes Barry is in love with the married woman and runs away, but she is rescued from an accident just as Rose Ann's husband arrives to take his wife home.
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Beau Brummel
MovieMar 30, 1924

Beau Brummel

George Bryan Brummel, a British military officer, loves Lady …
George Bryan Brummel, a British military officer, loves Lady Margery, the betrothed of Lord Alvanley. Despite her own desperate love for Brummel, she submits to family pressure and marries Lord Alvanley. Brummel, broken-hearted, embarks upon a life of revelry. He befriends the Prince of Wales and leaves the army, becoming subsequently the best-known rake and decider of fashion in Europe. As his affairs flourish, so does his disdain for his benefactor, the Prince. Eventually Brummel falls into disfavor, and it is only Lady Margery who has any chance of helping him.
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1923
Little Church Around the Corner
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MovieMar 1, 1923

Little Church Around the Corner

When his daughter is …
When his daughter is trapped underground in a mine explosion, a wealthy minister in a mining town is snapped out of his attitude of "miner's safety" to save her.
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Lucy Francis
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Lucy Francis

Married Lucy Francis.
1922
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
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MovieOct 1, 1922

The Man Who Saw Tomorrow

The Man Who Saw …
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow is a lost 1922 American silent drama film directed by Alfred E. Green and written by Frank Condon, Will M. Ritchey, and Perley Poore Sheehan. The film stars Thomas Meighan, Theodore Roberts, Leatrice Joy, Alan Roscoe, Alec B. Francis, June Elvidge, and Eva Novak. The film was released in October 29, 1922, by Paramount Pictures.
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Beyond the Rocks
MovieMay 7, 1922

Beyond the Rocks

Love, duty, and the scent of narcissus. Theodora, a …
Love, duty, and the scent of narcissus. Theodora, a young and penniless aristocrat, marries a much older man, self-made millionaire grocer Josiah Brown, so that her father and spinster sisters can live comfortably. Soon after the wedding, she finds herself falling in love with Hector, the Tenth Earl of Bracondale, a playboy she encounters on the social circuit of the very rich -- in the Swiss Alps, Paris, London, and the English countryside. Hector is attracted to her as well. Theodora must choose between love and duty, and then Josiah and Hector must make choices of their own.
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Smilin' Through
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MovieFeb 13, 1922

Smilin' Through

Kathleen, a young Irish woman, is in love with Kenneth Wayne …
Kathleen, a young Irish woman, is in love with Kenneth Wayne but is prevented from marrying him by her guardian John Carteret. John is haunted by memories of his thwarted love for Kathleen's aunt, Moonyean.
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1921
The Great Moment
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MovieJul 24, 1921

The Great Moment

Sir Edward Pelham, married to a Russian Gypsy, fears that his …
Sir Edward Pelham, married to a Russian Gypsy, fears that his daughter will follow in her mother's footsteps and arranges a marriage with her cousin, whom she does not love. During a trip to Nevada with her father, she meets engineer Bayard Delavel, who saves her life when she is bitten by a snake; when her father finds her with Bayard in his cabin, he forces them to marry. Believing that Nadine does not love him, Delavel leaves her and prepares to sue for divorce. In Washington Nadine is reconciled with her father and agrees to marry Hopper, a millionaire; she meets Delavel on the night of her engagement ball, however, and the lovers are reunited.
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1920
Godless Men
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MovieNov 1, 1920

Godless Men

Sea rover, "Black" Pawl, returns from a cruise with his young …
Sea rover, "Black" Pawl, returns from a cruise with his young son, "Red," to find that his wife has left him for another man. He tries to instill in his son a hatred for humanity resulting in an hostility between father and son so great that Black fears that his son may kill him. Years later, Black puts ashore at a South Sea Island, and Red is approached by a lovely young girl and a missionary, Reverend Poor, begging to be taken aboard. Red, his lust aroused, consents. When Dan Darrin, the second mate, also is attracted to Ruth, there ensues between Black and his son a fight during which the girl's locket reveals that she is Black's daughter. Black relates the story of his life to the missionary, who tries to instill in him a love for God.
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The Man Who Had Everything
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MovieOct 1, 1920

The Man Who Had Everything

Harry Bullway is a careless …
Harry Bullway is a careless young man, always after a good time. He nearly runs over a blind beggar with his car, but he shows no remorse. In response to his heartlessness, the beggar ...
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Earthbound
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MovieAug 11, 1920

Earthbound

When Jim Rittenshaw learns that his friend Richard …
When Jim Rittenshaw learns that his friend Richard Desborough is having an affair with Jim's wife Daisy, Jim kills Richard. The murdered man's ghost then takes up residence and attempts to positively influence the lives of those he had wronged.
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1919
The World and Its Woman
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MovieSep 7, 1919

The World and Its Woman

A Russian peasant girl rises …
A Russian peasant girl rises to fame as an operatic diva. She becomes beloved of a Russian prince. When the 1917 revolution overthrows the czar's government, the pair attempts to cross the icy steppes and find their way to America.
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When Doctors Disagree
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MovieMay 25, 1919

When Doctors Disagree

When Doctors Disagree is a …
When Doctors Disagree is a 1919 comedy film directed by Victor Schertzinger, written by Anna F. Briand, photographed by Percy Hilburn, and starring Mabel Normand. The movie was released by the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation with a running time of 50 minutes. A print of the film survives in the Cinémathèque Royale film archive.
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1916
The Heart of a Hero
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MovieNov 6, 1916

The Heart of a Hero

The story of Nathan Hale, an American soldier and spy …
The story of Nathan Hale, an American soldier and spy from his days as a teacher to his eventual capture and execution.
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The Pawn of Fate
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MovieFeb 28, 1916

The Pawn of Fate

While slumming in Normandy, Andre Lesar, a Parisian …
While slumming in Normandy, Andre Lesar, a Parisian dilettante, develops an interest in Marcine Dufrene and so convinces her husband Pierre that if he moves to Paris, he can become a great artist. Then, while Pierre preoccupies himself with still life, Andre goes after Marcine, although he takes time out from his pursuit to arrange a showing of Pierre's work. Parisian high society laughs uproariously at the amateurish paintings, and Pierre, suddenly aware that he has been made the butt of a joke, vows revenge. When he catches Marcine and Andre together, Pierre disbelieves his wife when she truthfully claims to have resisted Andre's advances, and he attacks his ex-benefactor. Leaving him for dead, Pierre then tries to drown himself. The police stop him, however, after which a recovered, repentant Andre apologizes, and Pierre and Marcine are reconciled.
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The Yellow Passport
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MovieFeb 7, 1916

The Yellow Passport

Voice student Sonia Sokoloff, is the daughter of a wealthy …
Voice student Sonia Sokoloff, is the daughter of a wealthy Russian Jewish family. Fedia, an anti-Semitic police spy, infiltrates the house as the family valet and attempts to rape Sonia, who has him fired. In revenge, Fedia incites the Black Hundred, an anti-Semitic organization to which he belongs, to an attack on the Sokoloff house in which Sonia's parents are killed. Sonia is allowed to continue her music studies in Russia only by accepting a yellow passport, which marks her as a prostitute. Eventually she and her uncle, forced to leave the country when the police learn that she has accepted the passport under false premises, travel to America, meeting opera impresario Carl Rosenheimer and his son Adolph during the journey. Carl recognizes Sonia's talent and promotes her singing career in America, where she becomes a celebrity and Adolph's fiancee. Fedia, however, shows up in America and exposes the secret of Sonia's yellow passport. Adolph denounces her, but Akulena and Fiodor, Sonia's friends from Russia, come to America with papers that establish her innocence, and the lovers are reunited.
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1915
Alias Jimmy Valentine
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MovieFeb 22, 1915

Alias Jimmy Valentine

Rose Fay one day is riding in …
Rose Fay one day is riding in a railroad parlor car and suffers an insult by a fellow passenger, from whose brutality she is defended and saved by a handsome young stranger, who, assured that she will not be further molested, disappears from the scene. But Rose has fallen in love with her savior, and her love does not diminish by the lapse of three years. One day she is visiting Sing Sing in company of her father, the Lieutenant Governor of the State, and among the convicts she recognizes her deliverer in the person of Lee Randall alias Jimmy Valentine, who is suffering imprisonment for a crime of which he so vehemently and convincingly pleads his ignorance that the Lieutenant Governor secures his release. He is given a chance of retrieving his reputation; his appointment to a position in a bank of which Mr. Lane is president is the means. He goes straight. His old associates are after him, but he wards them off. The detectives try to pounce on him for offenses of which he may be convicted, but he adroitly proves an alibi every time. Jimmy enjoys a reputation of being the most expert safe opener known. The touch of his delicate, sensitive finger tips is irresistible. One day a little girl, sister to Rose Fay, his fiancée, is accidentally locked in the bank safe. Nobody is at hand who knows the combination that will open it. The child seems doomed to suffocation. In the crisis Lee Randall comes forward. With finger tips that have been pared to the quick for the work, he toils steadfastly and silently until he opens the safe. The child is released. But on the evidence of his marvelously nefarious skill the waiting detective arrests him. The intervention of Rose, however, secures Lee's final deliverance as the detective concedes that she has more need of him than the State of Massachusetts.
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1914
The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England
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MovieNov 9, 1914

The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England

Sally, a parson's daughter, …
Sally, a parson's daughter, though in rags and well-ventilated shoes, had artistic instincts and the two vases, though far too rich for her father's church, were flowerless. In her innocence she argued "That man Annesley has an immense rose garden and surely he can spare a few roses for our church," and gathered an armful without the formality of saying, "By your leave, sir." Annesley was annoyed, even to the point of anger, at these mysterious disappearances, and finally, during a quarrel with his gardener, the latter threw his apron in Annesley's face and left. Again, if Giles, the son of the gouty, testy Earl of Bateson, had applied himself more assiduously to his studies instead of making night hideous for the village by his carousals with his boon companions, he would not have been arrested, and expelled from college. On his return home to father, the latter placed him in the hands of a tutor, from whom Giles escaped and arrived at his friend Annesley's rose garden at the psychological moment when the gardener had tendered his resignation. Annesley gave him the apron and placed him in charge of the garden. Sally makes another raid, is caught by Giles, who, from threats, took pity and accompanied her to the forlorn church, where his better nature is aroused. Returning to the garden, they breakfasted al fresco. This acquaintanceship finally ripened into a friendship. During one of their wanderings they happened upon a gypsy camp, where she was told that she will marry a nobleman's son. Giles bought a wishing ring from the gypsies which he gave to Sally. Naturally superstitious, Sally easily construed coincidences as replies to her wishes on the ring. At Annesley's party, Sally and the parson discovered through a letter which the Earl sent, that Giles is his son and must earn a half crown before he can hope for forgiveness. They were astounded and treated him quite deferentially. Sally resolved to bring father and son together. She visited the old gent and the Earl was quite impressed with her. She played chess with him, amused him, in fact she became quite essential to him. Her quixotic nature was aroused by the sight of his suffering and wished his cure on the ring. Getting no results, she consulted the gypsies who told her that a certain herb plucked by the light of the moon at midnight and made into a tea is a sure cure for gout. She obeyed the instructions and in reaching down the face of the cliff, fell down and was injured. The following morning a party led by her little dog found her at the bottom of the cliff and took her to her home. The next morning at ten, when the Earl's little visitor failed to appear, he sent his butler to inquire. On learning that she was injured, he forgot his gout, ordered his horse and set forth to see her. His horse became lame; he stopped at the inn, ordered a fresh horse, which, by a coincidence, was furnished by Giles, who received a half crown. As the innkeeper gave Giles the money, he told him that Sally had been injured. Giles took a short cut, arrived before his father, told her of the half crown, hid when his father appeared, and when beckoned on by Sally (who in the meantime had earned the gratitude of the Earl by telling how she was injured) he emerged from his place of concealment, and she brought about the reconciliation.
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1913
The Spectre Bridegroom
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MovieJan 23, 1913

The Spectre Bridegroom

We begin with a Hallow Eve …
We begin with a Hallow Eve party at Baron Von Landshort's, where the young people are peeling apples. They throw a long peeling over their shoulders, and the initial of the thrower's sweetheart Hilda's peeling forms V.A. Her father, the baron, tells how his daughter was betrothed when a little tot to the son of his old friend Van Altenberg. Naturally Hilda would like to know her betrothed, and at the suggestion of one of the girls consults a witch, who tells her, "When midnight tolls, look in the old mirror and you will see the picture of a young Hessian officer." Highly pleased, she hugs the mirror to her heart. In the meantime, young Van Altenberg, a disbanded Hessian officer, on the way to meet his fiancée of his infant days, Hilda Von Landshort, meets a brother officer, Herman, at the inn. Journeying together they are attacked by "Skinners." Van Altenberg is mortally wounded. Dying, he begs his comrade to announce his death to Hilda. The Baron Von Landshort and family, including Hilda are impatiently awaiting the arrival of the young fiancé (whom they've never seen since childhood), to attend the betrothal feast. Herman arrives to impart the sad news, is mistaken for Von Altenberg, and is not permitted to explain, but is seated at the side of Hilda, as the long expected fiancé. As the feast progresses, he finds Hilda very sweet, and falls desperately in love with her, and then dare not disclose his real identity. The fact that the guests are so impressed with the baron's ghost story, gives him an idea of how he can withdraw discreetly, so he tells the baron he is awaited at the cathedral. After he leaves, the guests, horror-stricken, think him a spectre. Poor Hilda is heartbroken. A few days later Hilda fails to appear at morning prayers. Her aunt goes to call her and finds that the bird has flown, carried away by the spectre, her relatives think, and a letter to the baron, announcing Van Altenberg's death, two days ago. The baron is then sure he has entertained a spectre, and if his daughter has married him, "My goodness, my grandchildren will be spectres." Obsessed with this idea he even has visions of the spectres dancing around him. In the meantime, the eloping couple have come to their senses, and Herman leaves his wife to be chaperoned by a witch until he can smooth matters. The baron and his sisters are still bewailing the loss of Hilda when the servant announces the return of the elopers. "What, the spectre coming here?" "No," replies the servant, "A flesh and blood man." Hilda craves forgiveness. Her husband, not being a spectre, is forgiven, especially as the old baron feels assured that his grandchildren will not be spectres.
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1912
Robin Hood
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MovieAug 22, 1912

Robin Hood

Maid Marian is represented in the cast as the daughter of Old …
Maid Marian is represented in the cast as the daughter of Old Merwyn and it is at his house that the action begins. He introduces a rich gentleman as her prospective husband after displaying jewelry which the formal suitor has sent ahead with his declaration of love. Friar Tuck appears under the pretense of asking for alms and warns Marian that Robin is waiting at their meeting place. She manages to escape during a parley between her father and her future husband, Guy de Gisbourne, and keeps her appointment. She is discovered, however, and her angry father, backed up by the unheroic Guy, protests valiantly against the clandestine love-making, but formidable Robin is only amused. The bold outlaw is so careless about his personal safety that he eventually falls into an ambush prepared by Guy de Gisbourne, is captured and is bound to a tree while they set off in search of the Sheriff of Nottingham to obtain a formal warrant for Robin Hood's arrest. Marian hurries to where Little John is repairing swords at his forge and finds besides the brawny blacksmith Will Scarlet and Alan-a-Dale. As soon as these members of Robin Hood's band hear of their leader's plight they go to his rescue, free him and organize for revenge. Guy, meanwhile, repairs to the Sheriff of Nottingham's house, where he obtains the warrant he desires. He next visits Marian's father and uses his legal instrument to such advantage that he is promised the hand of the maid as soon as he arrests the outlaw. Guy gets busy. He sets out with a body of armed men expecting to find his prey tied to the tree, but is drawn into an ambush like that he prepared for Robin Hood. Robin and his men fall upon the invaders of their natural domain, drag them from their horses and bind them to the trees in the same manner as their leader had been treated. They then decide to capture the Sheriff. This bold plan fails when it is on the verge of success. The old gentleman wakes just in time to sound an alarm, which summons the guards and the entire band of outlaws is captured. Maid Marian effects a second rescue with greater difficulty, as Robin and his men had been incarcerated in a prison. She and a bunch of her pretty girl friends flirt with the sentinels and lure them away from their posts, while the outlaws scale the wall and descend to the other side by means of a rope secretly furnished for that purpose. The Sheriff now puts a price on Robin's head, while the latter buries himself deeper in the forest and gathers a powerful band of recruits. The second part opens at a wayside tavern near Nottingham. The Sheriff of Nottingham, Guy de Gisbourne, and Old Merwyn are in conspiracy, Friar Tuck watching them closely from another table while pretending to be drunk, and into this plotting comes a new character, a majestic stranger of formidable aspect. The newcomer is none other than Richard Coeur de Leon, the King himself, whose adventures are so entrancingly told by Sir Walter Scott. For some reason or another, not satisfactorily explained, the three gentlemen engaged in conspiring propose to capture the mysterious stranger. Without suspecting their evil devices the mysterious unknown seats himself and calls for refreshment. Friar Tuck draws near and warns the stranger. The latter secretly draws his sword and laughs at the idea of danger. Presently the Sheriff signals soldiers who are awaiting his call and they pour into the tavern. Their attack is directed against the stranger and some lively sword play follows. He backs up to the wall, cuts and thrusts in magnificent style and is materially aided by the monk. They do effective work, accomplishing marvels with their weapons, but are about to be overcome when Tuck draws the stranger away through a secret hiding-place and they seek safety in flight. The belligerent Friar conducts his new friend through the forest to the secret camp of the outlaw and there a great feast is prepared of venison and other game. Robin Hood gives up his own tent to the accommodation of the stranger when the latter retires for the night. Next day Robin and the unknown have a friendly bout with swords in which the famous outlaw is disarmed. He exclaims in amazement, "Only one man in all England could disarm me." "Who may that be?" asked the stranger. "Our Most Gracious King," replied Robin. Then Richard Coeur de Leon drops his long coat and exclaims: "I am the King!" This is Robin's opportunity. He and his band acclaim the monarch, while Richard the Lion-Hearted seems to enter into the spirit of their calling. When they depart on a secret mission, attired as monks, he gives them his sanction and bids them godspeed. They are on their way to abduct the beautiful Marian. Some lively adventures follow, but they get the girl and carry her away to their forest retreat, where she is wedded to her true lover by Friar Tuck. He performs the ceremony beneath the tree on whose trunk has been fashioned a cross made of daisies. All is not over. The persecutors are still busy. The Sheriff and Guy and Merwyn with all their soldiers appear at the wedding of Maid Marian and lay violent hands upon Robin. Now does the King advance and say, "Hold, that lady is Robin's wife!" In vain Merwyn urges that Marian is his daughter and that the King shall be informed of this indignity practiced upon his family. The monarch reveals his identity and orders Robin's men to clear his forest of the intruders, Sheriff and all. They do this with no reluctance and the play is over; virtue triumphs in the person of the noble lawbreaker, while vice, typified then as now by those who make and interpret the laws, is punished as it deserves.
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Saved from the Titanic
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MovieMay 14, 1912

Saved from the Titanic

A young woman tells her …
A young woman tells her parents and fiance (in flashback) about the recent sinking of the Titanic and her experiences as a passenger during the disaster. Her intended marriage now faces a new hazard because her fiance is a sailor and her parents have just been reminded of the dangers of the sea.
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1867
Alec B. Francis
BirthDecember 1867

Alec B. Francis

Alec B. Francis was born.
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