Silent Film Actor

Charles Kent

  • Jun 18, 1852 - May 21, 1923 (age 70)
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1923
The Purple Highway
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MovieAug 5, 1923

The Purple Highway

Two inmates and a cleaning girl at a home for struggling artists …
Two inmates and a cleaning girl at a home for struggling artists achieve success and fame when they pool their talents and produce a smash hit Broadway musical. Edgar ( Monte Blue ), the playwright, is in love with April ( Madge Kennedy ), the ex- leading lady, but she doesn't discover that she loves him until it's almost too late.
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The Leopardess
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MovieMar 23, 1923

The Leopardess

The Leopardess is a 1923 American silent South Seas …
The Leopardess is a 1923 American silent South Seas melodrama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was directed by Henry Kolker, and starred Alice Brady in her next to last silent film.
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1921
The Single Track
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MovieNov 13, 1921

The Single Track

A damsel-in-distress western melodrama and a stirring …
A damsel-in-distress western melodrama and a stirring picture of railroad- construction and the mining country , with an Snively Whiplash villain performing dastardly deeds, a spunky and gritty Polly Pureheart heroine and a brave Handsome Harry hero...and filled with action, romance, adventure , bravery...and perils.
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1920
The Forbidden Valley
MovieOct 10, 1920

The Forbidden Valley

A feud has been raging between the Lee and Mitchell families, …
A feud has been raging between the Lee and Mitchell families, in the forbidden valley of the Kentucky hills. The lone survivors are Ben Lee, his granddaughter Morning Glory and a young Mitchell boy who is given refuge by minister Dominie Jones. Fifteen years pass and Jack Winslow, a surveyor, comes to the valley and falls in love with Morning Glory. Their romance is opposed by Dave, a young half-wit who also loves Morning Glory and, out of jealousy, makes several attempts on Jack's life. When Jack is suspected of being the last surviving Mitchell, Morning Glory, acting in accordance with her family code of honor, shoots and wounds him. Soon after, Jones reappears and explains that Dave is the real Mitchell heir, thus clearing the path for Jack and Morning Glory's reconciliation.
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1919
Counterfeit
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MovieNov 30, 1919

Counterfeit

In order to secretly replenish the family's failing fortunes, …
In order to secretly replenish the family's failing fortunes, Virginia Griswold secures a position in the Secret Service to apprehend a group of counterfeiters and gain the reward money. Virginia infiltrates Newport society and discovers that Mrs. Palmer, wife of a wealthy resident, is involved with Vincent Cortez, a foreign adventurer. Cortez gives Mrs. Palmer counterfeit bills which Virginia removes from a safe while being watched by Stuart Kent, who is in love with her. Later Kent becomes angry when he sees Cortez embrace Virginia. Virginia leads detectives to a yacht used as headquarters by the counterfeiters. The gang is arrested and Virginia gains the reward. Colonel Harrington, a close friend of the family, explains the situation to Kent, and the couple is reunited.
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Miss Dulcie from Dixie
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MovieMar 24, 1919

Miss Dulcie from Dixie

To receive the $5,000 …
To receive the $5,000 promised in her Uncle Stephen's will, Dulcie Culpepper must live with her Uncle John in New York for six months so that her father, a Confederate colonel, will be ...
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1918
Wild Primrose
MovieAug 12, 1918

Wild Primrose

Wild Primrose is a 1918 American silent drama film directed by …
Wild Primrose is a 1918 American silent drama film directed by Frederick A. Thomson and starring Gladys Leslie, Richard Barthelmess, Eulalie Jensen, Charles Kent, and Claude Gillingwater. The film was released by V-L-S-E, Incorporated on August 12, 1918.
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1917
Soldiers of Chance
MovieSep 3, 1917

Soldiers of Chance

Soldiers of Chance released.
The Duplicity of Hargraves
MovieSep 1, 1917

The Duplicity of Hargraves

The Duplicity of Hargraves released.
A Departmental Case
MovieJul 1, 1917

A Departmental Case

Luke Coonrod Standifer, a stern but warmhearted old pioneer …
Luke Coonrod Standifer, a stern but warmhearted old pioneer Texan, has been appointed Commissioner of Insurance, Statistics and History, and though his knowledge of these subjects is meager, he sets about his task conscientiously. One day Luke is surprised in his office by the visit of a young but faded woman who came for state relief. Luke discovers she is the daughter of an old friend, Amos Colvin, and that her husband is the notorious "bad man" Benton Sharp. Benton had insured his life, paying a year's premiums in advance. Amos Colvin had died, meanwhile, and Sharp had immediately sold and gambled away the small holding Colvin left. Afterward he struck Amanda because she could not comply with his demand for more money. Luke becomes agitated and righteously indignant. Leaving Amanda he enters the office of the Treasurer, "Uncle Frank," a great friend of his. Luke learns none of the state appropriation can be secured for Amos Colvin's child without a lot of red tape. He returns and asks Amanda to call in two days. He learns before she leaves that Sharp is in San Antonio. Taking from a locker a curious holster and revolver, he sits down to think. Two days later Luke is smoking in his office when the Treasurer hustles in with a newspaper, and calls attention to a paragraph which states Benton Sharp has been shot in a restaurant by Luke Standifer, who had clumsily dropped his hat on Sharp's head, Sharp at once becoming ugly and reaching for his gun. The paper says such a wonderful exhibition of quick gun play as Luke's had never been seen in the South West. Luke modestly admits the adventure and a few minutes later Amanda calls and receives the $5,000 insurance and the assurance of having obtained a noble friendship. Luke remarks, "You see, Amanda, statistics and history were so bound up in red tape that missed fire; but we came out particularly strong on insurance."
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1916
Whom the Gods Destroy
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MovieDec 18, 1916

Whom the Gods Destroy

A tale set during the 1916 …
A tale set during the 1916 Irish Easter Rebellion against the British
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The Blue Envelope Mystery
MovieOct 23, 1916

The Blue Envelope Mystery

The Blue Envelope Mystery …
The Blue Envelope Mystery is a lost 1916 silent film drama directed by Wilfrid North and starring Lillian Walker. It was produced by the Vitagraph Company of America. Future star Adolphe Menjou has one of his earliest appearances in the film.
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The Scarlet Runner
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MovieOct 2, 1916

The Scarlet Runner

A series of 12 2-reel episodes, each a separate and …
A series of 12 2-reel episodes, each a separate and unrelated story, relating the adventures of Christopher Race and his high-powered automobile, The Scarlet Runner. Each episode has a different cast, except for the continuing role of Earle Williams. Episode titles are: #1: The Car and His Majesty (1916); #2: The Nuremberg Watch (1916); #3: The Masked Ball (1916); #4: The Hidden Prince (1916); #5: The Jacobean House (1916); #6: The Mysterious Motor Car (1916); #7: The Red Whiskered Man (1916); #8: The Glove and the Ring (1916); #9: The Gold Cigarette Case (1916); #10: The Lost Girl (1916); #11: The Missing Chapter (1916); #12: The Car and the Girl (1916).
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The Chattel
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MovieSep 24, 1916

The Chattel

A financier lives in his life in the same manner in which he …
A financier lives in his life in the same manner in which he runs his business: with an iron hand and with the belief that anything wanted badly enough can be purchased. He sets his eyes on a beautiful young woman and wins her by paying her father's debts. But his dictatorial treatment leads her to hate him and run away. He learns finally that if his life is to be happy, he must find a new way to live it.
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The Tarantula
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MovieJul 17, 1916

The Tarantula

"Beauty Smythe is at his old tricks again. Look at the raving …
"Beauty Smythe is at his old tricks again. Look at the raving beauty he's got on the string now." This was Manning's contribution to the discussion, which was taking place in one of New York's most exclusive clubs. All seemed to take a jolly view of the matter, except Van Allen, who, the others noticed, looked with disapproval on the flirtation. They could not understand his mood, and prodded him for his prudishness. When Smythe joined them, Van Allen called him over and asked him to listen to the story he was about to tell, the story of one man who paid for his loose habits. First, he drew from his pocket, a picture of a young man, about Smythe's age. "My sister's only boy," he said. "Two years ago he was leading the kind of life you are now, Smythe. He came down to Mexico to visit me and met Chonita, a pretty Mexican girl. He immediately became infatuated with her, to the consternation of Pedro, another of her lovers, who soon saw that Teddy held a higher place in her heart than he. When her father heard of the affair, he sent her away to their summer hacienda, hoping that she would forget Teddy. Then Ted received an invitation from a friend to spend the summer with him, and accepted. Out hunting one day, he met Chonita and both were happy at the reunion. He told her of his love for her, and she believed him. Of course he promised to marry her. One day, while walking through the forest. Ted just missed stepping on a tarantula, and shrinking from the hideous thing, told Chonita that he feared those terrible spiders worse than anything on earth. Sometime later, Ted received a note from her telling him to meet her at the usual place, and from the tone of the note he knew what had happened. She came, and brought a minister with her, but Teddy was married, and had two children, so even if he had wanted to, he could not have married her. Before word got back to the hacienda, Ted had hopped on a horse and started at a mad gallop for the railroad station, to avoid the wrath of her father and Pedro. Back in New York once more, he felt secure. Chonita meanwhile was thrown out of her father's house, and her child was born in an abandoned cabin. It lived but a few hours. Then Chonita got a position as dancer in a cheap music hall and became popular immediately. The proprietor of a New York café, seeing her perform, asked her to come to the city and dance for him. When she remembered that her betrayer was also in the city, she accepted. Hearing of her proposed trip, her father sent her a dagger, so that she might first kill Teddy and then herself, but she returned it, telling him that she would choose her own method of death for both of them. In the city she met Teddy once more. She responded to all his advances and finally induced him to invite her to his apartment. Here she presented him with an elaborate jewel case, which, she said, contained a gift. When his anxious hands opened the case, a giant tarantula crawled out. Need I tell you that he died a terrible death?" In a meditative mood, Beauty Smythe sat in his room and reflected on what he had heard. Then the moral hit home, and the letter he had intended sending to his latest "sweetheart" never went further than the trash basket.
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Britton of the Seventh
MovieJan 24, 1916

Britton of the Seventh

In 1876, Lt. Tony Britton of …
In 1876, Lt. Tony Britton of the 7th Cavalry is in love with pretty young Barbara Manning, but the wife of his superior, Capt. Granson, is in love with him and begs him to run away with her. Britton refuses, but is soon sent to arrest Sioux chief Rain-in-the-Face, who has murdered two soldiers from the 7th. He captures his quarry and carts him off to jail, infuriating the local Indians. When Capt. Granson learns of his wife's infatuation with Britton, he makes trouble for Britton, who is soon forced to resign his commission. He signs up as an army scout, and learns that the Indians are planning to attack and massacre the 7th under the command of Col. George Armstrong Custer. Can he get to Custer in time to warn him of the impending attack, and will he--a disgraced army officer--be believed?
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1915
The Battle Cry of Peace
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MovieAug 6, 1915

The Battle Cry of Peace

Enemy agents under the …
Enemy agents under the leadership of "Emanon" conspire with pacifists to keep the American defense appropriations down at a time when forces of the enemy are preparing to invade. The invasion comes, and New York, Washington, and other American cities are devastated.
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1914
The Old Flute Player
MovieNov 24, 1914

The Old Flute Player

Herr Kreutzer, the flute player at one of the cheaper London …
Herr Kreutzer, the flute player at one of the cheaper London theaters, keeps his beautiful daughter, Anna, in strict seclusion, and seems to live in constant fear of espionage. Anna's only friend is M'rier, the slavey in their lodging house. While walking in the park one day, Herr Kreutzer recognizes a certain exalted personage, and greatly frightened, flees to America, with Anna. On the voyage she is saved from the undesirable attentions of Pietro Morosco by young Vanderlyn, a wealthy young man. He becomes interested in Anna and assists Herr to find suitable lodgings in New York. He secures a position for the girl as companion to his aristocratic mother, falls in love with Anna and proposes to her. She loves him, but declares she cannot marry him without her father's consent. He gives her a ring and tells her he is going to see Herr Kreutzer at once. Meanwhile, Mrs. Vanderlyn has seen the ring in her son's room, and it being near her birthday, feels certain he has purchased it as a birthday present for herself. The lady believes Anna has stolen it. A series of unpleasant complications occur, in the midst of which Herr Kreutzer takes from his pocket and opens an official-looking letter and triumphantly reveals himself to all as Count Otto Von Lichtenstal, who years ago incurred the Emperor's displeasure, but is now forgiven. The ring incident is satisfactorily explained by young Vanderlyn. When haughty Mrs. Vanderlyn sees the official signature and seal of His Excellency, her snobbish objections to the match between her son and Anna vanish, and she sensibly acknowledges she has made a mistake. Mr. Vanderlyn takes Anna in his arms, while Mrs. Vanderlyn gives her very gracious consent to their marriage and accepts the escort of "'the old flute-player," now "Count Otto."
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The Strange Story of Sylvia Gray
MovieOct 26, 1914

The Strange Story of Sylvia Gray

Vain and ashamed of their …
Vain and ashamed of their poverty, Sylvia Gray, wife of Henry Gray, an unsuccessful playwright, elopes with Lennox, a wealthy young man, taking her daughter, "Silvery," with her. The child is later taken away by Margy, an old servant, and brought up in another city. Lennox deserts Sylvia and she goes partly insane, finally killing him. Her daughter, "Silvery," becomes an artist's model and falls in love with Vanveldt, her employer. Meeting Frankenstein, a hypnotist, whose wife, Vivette, is intensely jealous of him, "Silvery" falls under his influence. Meanwhile, Sylvia returns to Gray and finds he has become blind, with no recollection of the past. She uses her utmost endeavors to make reparation for the past in caring for him, and gradually his memory returns. He remembers he has received a large sum of money for one of his plays and hidden it. They find it and Frankenstein, who learns of the recovery of the treasure, forces "Silvery," while under his power, to rob the old man. She is about to stab Gray when Frankenstein is killed by Vivette; the spell is broken and all ends happily in the betrothal of "Silvery" and Vanveldt and the reunion of Mr. Gray and Sylvia, who remorsefully and penitently admits the justice of all her punishment and determines that the past shall be forgotten in the happiness of the future.
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A Florida Enchantment
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MovieAug 10, 1914

A Florida Enchantment

Miss Lillian Travers, a New …
Miss Lillian Travers, a New York heiress, is about to visit her aunt, Miss Constancia Oglethorp, at her home in St. Augustine, Fla., and at the same time join her fiancé, Dr. Fred Cassadene. In order to discuss preparations for their coming nuptials, Lillian's coming is to be kept a secret from the doctor, who is busily engaged in a gallant flirtation with a charming New York widow. The pleasant surprise party planned by Lillian develops disagreeably when, having arrived, she hastens to the Ponce de Leon Hotel and finds the doctor making violent love to the widow. Although fearfully jealous, Lillian continues to accept the doctor's attention. One day, while sightseeing, Miss Travis finds in an old curio shop, a box, the exact duplicate of one owned by her aunt. She hurries home with her find, expecting to meet the doctor, but receives a note in which he says he will be professionally busy and unable to see her that afternoon. Piqued at her lover, she plans vengeance and is idly investigating the contents of her purchase when she discovers it contains a bottle in which are four seeds from the tree of Sexual Change, and a parchment giving detailed account of how, by taking one of them, the person will be immediately transformed into one of the opposite sex. She determines to try the effectiveness of the seeds, and if the parchment tells the truth, to get square with her lover in the guise of a man. A moment of indecision, and the deed is done. She sinks into a chair in a trance, to emerge in a few moments completely metamorphosed, and the boyhood of Miss Travis has begun. Next morning she awakes to find herself the possessor of a full-grown moustache. After much difficulty she succeeds in shaving it off, as she stills finds it necessary to be seen in feminine apparel. Joining her friends, she proceeds to make love to every female in sight, much to the discomfiture of the male members of the party. Realizing that it is improper to have a maid, Miss Travis makes Jane, her colored attendant, take one of the seeds so that she may be valeted by a person of the proper sex. The doctor, while aware that something is radically wrong with his sweetheart, persists in his love-making. Lillian, disgusted with the Doctor's amorous attentions, determines to leave St Augustine, and, by a clever ruse, just makes a train for New York. Arriving home, she sees her lawyer, turns her fortune over to a fictitious friend, Lawrence Talbot. Talbot shows up in St. Augustine with a letter of introduction written by himself and makes life miserable for the doctor by flirting with the widow and other guests in whom the doctor is interested. Circumstances arouse the doctor's suspicions regarding the integrity of Talbot, and he accuses him of murdering Lillian Travis. To save himself, Talbot confesses the mystery of the seed. The doctor does not believe him, and in a spirit of bravado, swallows one, and its action is immediate. The doctor, transformed, now makes love to all his male acquaintances. Disgusted at his actions, they call a policeman, but the doctor, scenting danger, escapes into the hotel and, to avoid the crowd following him. rushes into a strange room, where he dons a lady's dress and then hastily leaves as the owner of the room discovers him. In trying to make his escape, he is seen by his pursuers, who chase him until finally, just as he is going to be caught, he jumps into the ocean, and as he is going down for the last time, Lillian Travis awakes to find it all a dream, and with a laugh looks at the vial in her hand as Dr. Cassadene enters to pay his respects.
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A Million Bid
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MovieFeb 7, 1914

A Million Bid

The story concerns a mercenary and managing mother and …
The story concerns a mercenary and managing mother and her daughter, Agnes. The young lady loves a youthful doctor, but a match is frustrated by the mother, who seeks to marry the daughter to the highest bidder. The mother's extravagance ruins the father, who, being in ill health, succumbs to heart failure. With poverty staring them in the face, the mother takes Agnes abroad, finally forcing her into a marriage with an Australian millionaire. To do so, the mother intercepts all letters between Agnes and the young doctor, with the result that each feels that the other has ceased to care. The millionaire and his young wife, while on their honeymoon on his yacht, are shipwrecked. He is dealt a terrible blow on the head, and it completely destroys his memory. The young wife is saved and returns to America, while her husband is picked up by a French fisherman. His memory gone, he does not recall his previous existence in America. Agnes and the doctor renew their love affair and finally marry, excellent proof having been furnished that her former husband had drowned in the shipwreck. There is no opposition to the marriage now, as the mother also had perished in the catastrophe. Five years later, the young doctor has become a famous brain specialist. To him, Agnes' former husband comes for an operation in the hope of restoring his lost memory. The two men, never having met, fail to learn they are both married to the same woman. She discovers it, however, and with her happiness at stake, does not tell her surgeon-husband the truth, but attempts to dissuade him from operating on her first husband, fearful that the operation will prove successful and her first husband regain his lost memory and recognize her as his wife. The humanity in the surgeon surmounts his wife's pleas, but the patient fails to withstand the operation and Agnes' happiness is assured, despite the terrible situations which confronted her.
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1913
The Swan Girl
MovieDec 4, 1913

The Swan Girl

A wealthy young fellow during vacation becomes infatuated …
A wealthy young fellow during vacation becomes infatuated with a poor country girl. He is introduced to her father, whom he discovers is an inventor. For the sake of the girl he invests a large amount of money in one of her father's inventions, at the same time knowing it is of no commercial value. In his room that night he writes in his diary about his doings of the day, and also writes down this foolish investment he has made through love for the Swan Girl. He advises her father to send the daughter to the same boarding-school his sister is attending, and the old gentleman acts upon his suggestion. His sister and the Swan Girl become quite chummy, so much so they decide to spend their vacations at her brother's house. The Swan Girl and the young man meet again in his home, and they are mutually delighted. One day while he is away, his sister shows the other girl his room, thinking it would be interesting to her to see a bachelor's room, and they come across the diary. The girl picks it up and finding the article about his foolish investment in her father's invention, she, feeling piqued and embarrassed, packs up and leaves hurriedly for her home, where she tries to forget the young man. He follows her and finds her occupied with the swans as she was when he first saw her. Here he urges her to reconsider her decision to forget him.
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Daniel
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MovieNov 8, 1913

Daniel

In the third year of the reign of Jeholakim, king of Judah, the …
In the third year of the reign of Jeholakim, king of Judah, the city of Jerusalem is besieged by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, and Daniel is brought captive unto Babylon, with Shadrach, Meshac and Abednego, who were of the Children of Israel. And unto Ashpenaz, the master of the eunuchs, the King commands that he should bring unto him from the captives of the prison, certain of the Children of Judah skillful in all wisdom and cunning in knowledge, to whom shall be taught the learning and tongue of the Chaldeans. Among those selected were Daniel, Shadrach, Meshac and.Abednego, who have ten times more understanding and wisdom than all the astrologers and magicians in the king's realm. Daniel has understanding in all visions and dreams, and is the only man in all the land of Chaldea who is able to make known and interpret unto King Nebuchadnezzar the dream which troubles his spirit. Then the King makes Daniel a great man, and his three brethren are made governors over the provinces of Babylon. But when they have risen to favor and Daniel sits in the gate of the king, jealous conspirators plot against the four Children of Israel and they cause the king to set up in Babylon a great, monstrous golden image, which all must worship at the sound of the music, or, on their refusal, they are to be cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. On the day when all the princesses, the governors, the captains, the judges, the treasurers, and counselors, the sheriffs, the rulers of the provinces and all the people are gathered together unto the dedication of the image, Daniel is away upon a mission, but Shadrach, Meshac and Abednego stand among the prostrate multitude and will not fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar, the king, had set up. The king, in his rage and fury commands the mighty men of his army to bind the three Jews and to cast them into the burning, fiery furnace. A phantom-like form, "like unto the Son of God," appears among the three that are cast in, and they walk in the midst of the fire and the flames harm them not. Then Nebuchadnezzar stands at the mouth of the burning, fiery furnace and calls unto Shadrach, Meshac and Abednego that they should come forth, and the king praises their God before all his people. After Nebuchadnezzar and Belchazzar, Darius is King of the Chaldeans and he sets over the kingdom a hundred and twenty princes, and over them three presidents, of whom Daniel is the first. The princes render accounts unto the presidents, Daniel is a faithful servant unto the king, and he watches that the king suffers not any damage from the revenues which are rendered unto him. But the presidents and the princes are angered and they seek to find some fault against Daniel, but no error or fault can they find in him. But it so happens that near unto the king is a woman of great beauty and charm, and she is favored with the king's love. Unto her the princes go and they do bribe her to cause the king to sign a firm decree that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days save from the king, shall be cast into the lions' den. So this woman of great beauty and charm goes to the king when he is at a great banquet and she offers him goblets of fine wine. And when the king is overcome with the wine she holds the tablet of the decree before his eyes and he signs it without knowing of its contents. On the following day Daniel is found on his knees praying to his God and he is brought before the king. The king does not remember that he signed the decree and is sorrowful, and he would deliver Daniel from the princes, but they say unto him that his decree may not be changed, saying unto him, "Know O King, that the law of the Medes and the Persians is, that no decree or statute which the king establisheth, may be changed." Then Daniel is cast into the den of lions. And the lions are fierce and hungry, and when Daniel is thrown into their midst, they growl and show their great teeth, but soon they are quiet and gentle as little kittens, and they look up into Daniel's face with love. Daniel knows that his God has tamed the hungry lions and he lies down in their midst and sleeps. The next morning the king and all the princes come to the cage, and when the king sees that Daniel is delivered, he is glad and he commands that he should be brought out of the den. Then the king blesses Daniel, but for the men who accused him, he commands that they be cast unto the lions, and when they are cast in the lions devour their detail and break all their bones in pieces, and the people wonder and tremble at the power of the God of Israel.
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The Warmakers
MovieNov 1, 1913

The Warmakers

The Russian ambassador receives a cablegram from his …
The Russian ambassador receives a cablegram from his government commanding him to secure the American war plans. Russia being allied to the opposing nation. The ambassador gives a dinner to the diplomats to which Johnston, Secretary of the Navy, and Calhoun. Secretary of War, are invited. Through a forged letter, supposed to come from Johnson, Calhoun is requested to bring the army and navy plans to the dinner. The ambassador enlists the aid of three spies: Rosa, a beautiful Russian woman, Toltoy, an exiled scientist, and Beris, a young assistant in the embassy. Toltoy mixes a secret potion which he calls "The Sleeping Death." At the dinner, from which Johnston is forcibly detained, so as to prevent the truth of the forged letter being known, Beris pours "The Sleeping Death" into the wine, and when the guests drink it they are overcome by its stupefying power and fall senseless on the tables. The ambassador takes the papers from Calhoun and copies them. After replacing them he drinks a glass of the drugged wine and is lost in deep sleep. The guests revive, and when Johnston rushes in Calhoun learns the truth about the letter. He is sore that the plans have been copied when he sees a tell-tale ink-spot upon them. Through the Secret Service Department the ambassador's spies are searched, but to no avail. It is only when they learn that Rosa is sailing for Europe that they are convinced of the whereabouts of the papers. Isabel, Calhoun's wife, knowing Rosa, volunteers to sail on the same ship. She does so and shares her stateroom with Rosa, the spy. She searches through all of her clothing for evidence of her treachery, and has almost given up in despair when a false alarm of danger is raised. The passengers dash for the life-boats and Rosa grabs up a pair of slippers, which seems to be all she is to save. Isabel later cuts open the soles of the slippers and discovers the papers. Rosa pleads pitifully for mercy. Isabel has not the heart to hand her over to the authorities. She burns the papers and sends a wireless to her husband, who is joyous over the good news.
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The Diamond Mystery
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MovieJul 14, 1913

The Diamond Mystery

Jonathan Moore, who has labored for over twenty years on a …
Jonathan Moore, who has labored for over twenty years on a formula for the making of artificial diamonds, becomes mentally unbalanced from the strain, and in this condition believes he has achieved his ambition. He writes to Bloodgood, the president of the International Diamond Syndicate in London, telling him of his invention. Bloodgood, becoming interested, cables to Rollins, the New York agent of the firm, to call upon Moore, look into the invention, but to make no definite stipulation for the purchase of it until he himself has arrived and examined it. Before Bloodgood arrives, however, Violet Moore's two suitors have become deeply interested in the invention, and one of them, Phelps Firestone, the son of a diamond merchant, realizing that if the invention is practical, his father will be ruined, appropriates the essentials of the formula and gives them to his friend, Bill, who later takes him to a counterfeiter's den, where he sells the formula for a large sum of money. With the money thus gained he is able to pay back the money which he borrowed and which he lost in betting. When the counterfeiters begin to put the formula to use they discover that it is inadequate, and send Bill to bring Phelps to them. Bill, who is entirely unaware of how Phelps gained knowledge of such a formula, is greatly surprised to learn, upon arriving at Moore's home, that Phelps has stolen the old man's ideas. Bill accuses Phelps of theft, which accusation is heard by Violet and Firestone, Phelps' father, who had come to the house to be present at the examination of the machine by Bloodgood and Rollins. Bill returns to the counterfeiters and tells them the true story. A day or two later as Violet herself was in the act of trying to make a diamond with the machine, her father, who had been sleeping on a couch nearby, tells her that he will make one for her. She watches him carefully and is astonished to observe that he places a diamond in the machine before pretending to make it. This act convinces Violet that her father's mind is deranged. That night a person dressed all in black, comes through the laboratory window and places a dynamite fuse under the machine. A moment later there is a terrible explosion and Violet, who has rushed into the room, is horrified to find that her father is missing. The next day the police learn that Moore had blown up his own machine and had been taken to the counterfeiter's den, where he had been forced to sign a paper, the contents of which he was not aware of. It was later learned that the paper was one authorizing Bill to negotiate for the purchase of the machine. Bill, Phelps and the two counterfeiters are arrested, and the shock sustained by Moore results in his regaining normal sense. Before they leave the cellar, Olin, Violet's other suitor, and who has been an apprentice to Moore, takes Violet into his arms. Mrs. Moore, who had all the time entertained an adverse opinion of her husband's invention, is glad that it is all over.
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The Only Veteran in Town
MovieMay 29, 1913

The Only Veteran in Town

More interested in …
More interested in automobiling than in anything else, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold are inclined to be neglectful of their little daughter, Dora, and are almost entirely unmindful of her grandfather, James Arnold, a one-armed G. A. R. veteran living with them. Dora makes up as well as she can to her grandfather for his loneliness and the two spend the greater part of their time together. On Decoration Day, Dora's parents want her to go with them to see the parade, but as they do not wish to take her granddad with them, she refuses to go and stays at home with him. After a while she coaxes the old gentleman with her into a field of daisies, where .she wreathes a crown of flowers and places it on his head. Seated thus in state, he is found by a delegation of citizens, who, having learned that he is a war veteran, bring a message that the town desires to honor him. Taking the old man, who will not be separated from his granddaughter, to a gaily decorated automobile, they conduct him to the grandstand in town, where a dais has been prepared for him. All along the route the old veteran is greeted with rousing cheers, and on arriving at the stand he is asked to speak. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold see the passing of the decorated automobile and the honors paid to the veteran by the townspeople and are filled with remorse at the manner in which they have treated him in the past. They make the best amends possible and the whole party returns happily homeward to finish the celebration of the day in his honor.
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1912
The Awakening of Bianca
MovieDec 7, 1912

The Awakening of Bianca

Nicola pays court to Bianca, …
Nicola pays court to Bianca, the daughter of Angelio, who runs a fruit store and for whom Nicola works. Guiseppe, who is somewhat of a dandy, wins the girl's affections. Nicola leaves Angelio's employ and by hard work saves enough money to buy a fruit stand of his own. Angelio is stricken with a serious illness. Bianca is obliged to care for him and their fruit stand is closed, their income stops and they come to need. Bianca determines to sell her beautiful head of hair to secure means. Guiseppe, still declaring his love, sees an opportunity of making a commission on the sale of his sweetheart's hair and takes her to the hair merchant with a greedy desire to profit by its sale. As Bianca and Guiseppe are entering the merchant's shop, Nicola, on his way to close the transaction for his fruit stand, sees them enter. He watches through the window and just as the merchant takes the shears in his hand to remove the long raven tresses of Bianca, he rushes into the place and stops the merchant and denounces Guiseppe. He takes his savings from his pocket and places them in the band of Bianca, telling her to take the money to her father to relieve their necessity. Hurriedly he leaves the shop, followed by Bianca, who overtakes him and insists that he should take back the money, that she is not deserving of his kindness or love, that she now realizes the difference between Nicola's true heart and the false pretensions of Guiseppe. Nicola declares his love and asks her to become his wife. She is only too happy to place her future in the care and protection of the man willing to make such unselfish sacrifices in her behalf.
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As You Like It
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MovieOct 7, 1912

As You Like It

After the overthrowing of Duke Senior by his tyrannical …
After the overthrowing of Duke Senior by his tyrannical brother, Senior's daughter Rosalind disguises herself as a man and sets out to find her banished father while also counseling her clumsy suitor Orlando in the art of wooing.
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The Bond of Music
MovieAug 31, 1912

The Bond of Music

Oscar, a young lieutenant of the German army, is stopping in …
Oscar, a young lieutenant of the German army, is stopping in a French town getting information. He is passing as a young musician and lodging with Pierre Lenoir. He cultivates a great friendship with Francois Vian, an old 'cellist, firstly because it helps carry out his disguise and secondly, because he really is fond of music. He learns to like the old man very much. Rumors of a spy being in the town get about and Lenoir's suspicions are aroused. He confides his suspicions to his sister and shows her an offer of reward for the capture of the spy, which he hopes to gain. Oscar overhears him and flies the house. Lenoir gives the alarm and Oscar is pursued by the gendarmes and people. He takes refuge with Francois and prays to him to save him, confessing who he is. At first Francois is going to give him up, then their bond of musical fellowship is too strong for him. He hides the young German and assists him to escape. A year after the town is taken by the Germans. They invade Francois' cottage and find him playing his 'cello. They try to turn him out of his house in order to set it on fire. In doing so, they break his beloved 'cello. He seizes a gun and shoots and wounds one of the men. He is arrested as a non-combatant bearing arms and condemned to be shot. Oscar hears of his old friend's sentence and saves him just as the soldiers are about to shoot. The old musician thanks him, but sits mourning over his shattered 'cello, which nothing can restore.
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Rip Van Winkle
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MovieAug 19, 1912

Rip Van Winkle

Rip Van Winkle, a lazy American man, wanders off one day …
Rip Van Winkle, a lazy American man, wanders off one day with his dog Wolf into the Kaatskill mountains where he runs into an odd group of men drinking and playing bowls. He drinks some of their mysterious brew and passes out. When he wakes up under a tree he is astonished to find that 20 years have passed and things are a lot different. This is a charming story about how America changed due to the cival war, only in a different and more subtle way than ever told before.
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The Bogus Napoleon
MovieAug 16, 1912

The Bogus Napoleon

Napoleon going away upon a secret mission, entrusts the …
Napoleon going away upon a secret mission, entrusts the key of his private chamber to his chancellor. Two of his courtiers are seen by his private detective, watching the proceedings from behind the portieres. The secret spy knows that they mean mischief, and keeps close watch of them. He overhears their plot to secure the key. They hire two ruffians to find a man to impersonate the emperor to deceive the chancellor and secure the key. They post a bill for men who resemble Napoleon to call at their headquarters. The secret spy applies, and so well imitates the actions of the emperor, he is employed to portray his majesty. He reports to the emperor, who agrees to take the part himself. His man writes the ruffians that he is sick, and requests them to call to see him at once. They arrive, and when they see their sick accomplice, they are furious. Napoleon is introduced, and offers to take his place. He is put through a course of drilling and then told that he will be acceptable. The emperor goes to the palace and has no trouble in securing the key from the chancellor. The two dishonest noblemen are waiting in the ante-chamber and as the emperor opens the door, they pass in with him, where they are held prisoners by the soldiers, who have been waiting, and are then taken into custody. The emperor demands the price offered, for the work which he has done, and the noblemen, in addition to their arrest, are obliged to pay the purse.
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The Days of Terror; or, In the Reign of Terror
MovieJun 14, 1912

The Days of Terror; or, In the Reign of T…

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Fortunes of a Composer
MovieMay 21, 1912

Fortunes of a Composer

Samuel Herman, a …
Samuel Herman, a composer, in seeking recognition for fame and fortune, goes to Paris and takes a position in a small music hall, playing there at night and writing music during the day. His compositions do not find a market and disappointed and disheartened, he sends them to his wife and daughters in America, to be disposed of by them if possible. He loses his memory through an attack of aphasia. His wife and daughters dispose of his compositions for $100,000. They send word to their father to the address which he had given them, but no one knows what has become of him and so the letter is returned unclaimed with a report that the professor is dead. Two years afterwards Herman's memory returns when he hears his music played upon the street and he determines, after he has fully recovered, to return to America. He goes to his old home and is told by the janitor that his family has moved away when they become rich. He makes his way to the opera house where one of his operas is advertised to be sung that night. As he is entering, his wife and daughters, in evening costume, alight from a limousine and pass in without recognizing him, so changed is his appearance. He gets a seat in the front row of the gallery, where he listens intently and raptly to the music which his own brain conceived, and the hand with which he is unconsciously beating time has written. He does not see his wife and daughters, sitting in the opera box, applauding and taking to themselves the credit and fame of the father and husband. After the performance everybody leaves but the professor, who is left sitting there alone. The lights are put out and the hand of death closes the old man's eyes and he awakens in Heaven.
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The Woman Haters
MovieApr 24, 1912

The Woman Haters

Married, but not mated are Mr. and Mrs. Henson. She soon tires …
Married, but not mated are Mr. and Mrs. Henson. She soon tires of him and leaves him unceremoniously. He becomes a confirmed woman hater and confines his associations to men of like sentiments. They form a misogynist's club, with a combined membership of three. These three old fellows take a liking to a young fellow named Dick Morley and adopt him as their son. They send him to college with the strict injunction and advice, borne of their experiences, to beware of women. The young fellow returns from college at the end of the term. He is supplied with plenty of money by his foster-fathers and starts in to see the town. He falls in love with a very attractive woman and boasts of it to his benefactors, very much to their surprise and displeasure. He becomes engaged to the woman, brings her to the Woman Haters' apartments, and introduces her to the three old gentlemen as his intended. When he introduces her to Mr. Henson, he and she simultaneously recognize each other as former husband and wife. He tells Dick who she is. She is loath to give Dick up, but he will not listen to her overtures and she sneeringly and haughtily leaves. Harry enrolls as a lifelong member of the club.
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She Never Knew
MovieApr 2, 1912

She Never Knew

Left with the care of his little grandchild through the death …
Left with the care of his little grandchild through the death of his daughter, old Mr. Blinn tries in every way to give her the cure and attention which she needs. The little one is taken sick. His mind is disturbed and the strain and worry so upset him that he makes mistakes in his accounts and his employer discharges him. He never lets his little grandchild know of his position, always maintaining a cheerful appearance in her presence. Unable to secure employment he begs upon the streets to secure means to pay a physician to attend the little girl. Her sickness is a fatal one and when it seems impossible for the old man to hold out longer, she peacefully passes away. Left alone, the old man happily and resignedly awaits his fate and the summons: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the Joys of the Lord."
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1911
Vanity Fair
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MovieDec 19, 1911

Vanity Fair

(Reel One) Amelia Sedley, accompanied by Miss Becky …
(Reel One) Amelia Sedley, accompanied by Miss Becky Sharpe, returns from boarding school. Becky is a natural born flirt. Bashful Joseph Sedley falls desperately in love with her. He takes her to Vauxhall Gardens, where he makes an ass of himself, is very much ashamed, and refuses to keep his appointment with Becky the next day, sailing for Scotland to escape her wiles. Amelia, with her gentle sweetness, hands Becky a letter from Sir Pitt Crawley, requesting her to repair to Queen's Crawley at once. The next morning, bright and early, she takes her departure to enter Sir Pitt's household as a governess, where she meets Rawdon Crawley, youngest son of Sir Pitt, who falls captive to her charms, bringing upon himself the displeasure of the whole Pitt family. He, notwithstanding, marries Becky. (Reel Two) After their marriage, Becky Sharpe and Rawdon Crawley take up elegant lodgings at Mayfair. Rawdon, who is a captain in the English Army, is resplendent in his uniform. They are visited by their military friends; Captain Dobbin is there with Amelia Osborne and her husband, Lieutenant Osborne, who is fascinated by Mrs. Crawley. A week later they sail for Brussels. At Brussels they attend a ball given by the Duchess of Richmond, at which Becky meets the Marquis of Steyn and where they receive notice of the Battle of Waterloo. All is excitement and the others are soon on their way to the field of action, where Lieutenant Osborne is killed. A month after the battle, Becky Crawley turns to the ensnaring of Lord Steyne, who with crafty and villainous intent, lays siege to the overthrow of Captain Crawley in order that he may continue his alliance with his wife. Crawley gets heavily in debt at the gaming tables of Lory Steyne, is unable to pay and the unscrupulous Steyne throws him into prison. (Reel Three) Colonel Rawdon Crawley writes a note to his wife to raise money to secure his release. She replies falsely that she is sick but will implore Lord Steyne to show Rawdon leniency, signing herself, "Yours affectionately, Becky." Colonel Crawley, in despair, sends to his brother for assistance. Pitt hastens to his brother's succor. Rawdon immediately goes to big wife's apartments and finds her with Lord Steyne, whom he throttles, and leaves Becky forever. Major William Dobbin marries Amelia Osborne. Amelia and Major Dobbin learn of Becky's downfall. They visit her in her misfortune and find her dissipated but unconquered. She refuses aid from Mr. and Mrs. Dobbin and is left by her friends to her own waywardness.
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Arbutus
MovieNov 8, 1911

Arbutus

Carleton Holt locates at one of the mountain inns. On one of his …
Carleton Holt locates at one of the mountain inns. On one of his daily trips he hears a mountain maid singing in the woods. Jumping from his horse, he makes his way to where she is sitting to find her holding a bunch of arbutus in her hands. He is fascinated. It is mutual. Day after day, they meet at this same trysting-place, until weary of the novelty of courting an unsophisticated mountain lass, Carleton bids her farewell. Left sad and alone, unable to find the consolation for her heart's longing, she finds a dead bird and pours out her soul in plaintive song. A famous singer visiting the mountains overhears Meg singing, approaches her and offers to give her a musical education. Meg accepts. Some few years later. Carleton Holt becomes acquainted with Meg's benefactress, and she wins the love denied the mountain lass. A concert is given at the home of the prima donna at which Meg is to make her initial appearance. Carleton Holt recognizes the photograph of the girl to whom he made love in the mountains. Just after Meg has finished her first song, he advances to her side as if to reclaim the love which he had once rejected. Meg tells him that she leaves the city tomorrow and if he can find her then, she will give him his answer. She goes back to the mountains where the arbutus grows. Carleton follows. At their old trysting-place, she gives him his answer by picking a bunch of arbutus, emblematic of constancy and love. Throwing them on the ground, crushing them under her feet, and points commandingly and bids him go.
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Madge of the Mountains
MovieOct 31, 1911

Madge of the Mountains

Harry Brownley, son of a rich …
Harry Brownley, son of a rich New Yorker, reads a newspaper account of U.S. Revenue officers' plan to raid an illicit distillery in the Tennessee mountains. The young fellow asks his father's permission to join the forces under Sheriff Jackson, of Pikesville, Tennessee. The father reluctantly consents and the son starts out to satisfy his adventurous nature. The forces raid the cabin of Bill Blair a moonshiner, who resents the attack, and during the raid. Blair and his companions are killed. Of the raiding forces, Harry Brownley is severely wounded. Madge, Blair's daughter, offers to care for and nurse young Brownley until his father is notified and arrives to take him back with him to New York. During his confinement in the cabin, young Brownley falls in love with Madge and when his father comes to take him home, Harry tells her that he will return for her and make her his wife. Mr. Brownley does not take kindly to the idea. He advises Harry to forget it, but to this he will not agree, and with much sorrow, the two young lovers part. At his home in New York, Harry grows worse and unable to return to his sweetheart or even to write to her. When he gets stronger, he writes her a letter, with the assistance of the nurse: his father intercepts the letter and destroys it. In the meantime. Madge cannot stand the suspense. She determines to come to New York to see Harry and learn the cause of his silence. She arrives at the Brownley mansion and is refused admission by the butler, who pushes her from the door. She calls Harry's name. By intuition he recognizes her voice. Summoning all his strength, he rushes down to the stoop, where he finds Madge in charge of a policeman, whom the butler has called. Harry tell the officer his services are not required, clasps her to his breast and leads her into the house. His father is at first angry and refuses to recognize Madge, but when he sees the sincerity of her love for his boy and that Harry's happiness depends upon his consent and approval of their marriage, he no longer refuses to grant it, and receives Madge into his heart and home as his daughter.
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The Death of King Edward III
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MovieAug 5, 1911

The Death of King Edward III

King Edward III reigned from …
King Edward III reigned from 1327 to 1377. He was a son of Edward the Second and he was born at Windsor Castle, November 13th, 1312. He was celebrated for his wars with the Scottish king and his battles with France. He started the "One Hundred Years' War." In his invasions of France, he was accompanied by his eldest son, "The Black Prince," who was a natural born warrior, and became king after the death of his father. Edward III in his old age, fell completely under the control of his mistress, Alice Perres and of a small coterie of unscrupulous courtiers. Led by his own son, John of Galt, Duke of Lancaster, they were constantly plotting against him, at the same time seeking his favor. He became suspicious of everybody but his mistress, who was anxiously watching his death struggles, in order to secure a signet ring which she prized as an evidence of power and a special mark of favoritism. The moment he becomes unconscious she takes the ring from his finger and leaves him to die alone. She has no sooner gone than all the courtiers and servants rush into the room and strip him of all his belongings. Deserted by all save a young priest, who offers him the consolation of the emblem of the church, he died in 1377, as he had lived, disliked by his people, the victim of the same selfishness which he had practiced himself. The picture is localized in the king's private room, being performed in one scene; it is a most remarkable historic portrayal on this account and the powerful acting of Mr. Kent.
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The Spirit of the Light; or, Love Watches on Through the Years
MovieApr 22, 1911

The Spirit of the Light; or, Love Watches …

Far out in the breakers …
Far out in the breakers stands the old light house, its beacon kept burning by its faithful old guardian assisted by his beautiful daughter, Nan. The old sentinel of the sea is a picturesque old structure and attracts the attention of a young artist named Philip, who secures lodgings with the old man with permission to paint a picture of the attractive scene. The next morning while busily engaged at his easel, Philip sees Nan approaching, her beauty intensified by the radiant sunlight. He asks her to allow him to paint her portrait; she consents, and he at once starts his pleasurable task. During the progress of the work he falls in love with Nan, and each day she grows fonder of him. He has very nearly completed the painting when he is suddenly called away by a telegram stating that his mother is dying. He bids Nan farewell, saying he will return and finish her portrait as soon as possible. During his absence he is stricken with fever. She does not hear from him for some time. She anxiously awaits a letter, which reaches her while sitting in the dory that serves as a communication between the lighthouse and the main shore. While reading the letter, the boat is unfastened from its moorings and drifts out to sea. Her father hears her cries for help; he is so feeble he is unable to reach her and he tries to throw her the oars which are lying on the shore, hoping they may float towards her. The boat with its precious burden keeps drifting farther and farther away until it is lost sight of. The old lighthouse keeper is agonized and tries to make his way to the tower to start the lights, while an approaching storm adds to his fears. He drops dead. Philip returns, learns what has happened and while sitting in the twilight dreaming of Nan, her vision appears and directs him to guard the light. He obeys, and safety for the incoming vessels is assured. Obsessed by the associations of the place and lured by the vision of the beautiful girl whom he loves with an undying affection, he becomes the lighthouse attendant and grows old in the service, faithful to the last, until he is called by "The Spirit of the Light" to join in the realms of the eternal light of Heaven.
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Though Your Sins Be as Scarlet
MovieApr 14, 1911

Though Your Sins Be as Scarlet

Lydda, a beautiful courtesan, …
Lydda, a beautiful courtesan, gives herself over to the allurements of the world. Underneath all this apparent abandon, Lydda possesses a remaining spark of her better self, which needs but the fanning of conscience to stir it into a flame of spirituality that will make clear and plain the way to Godliness. Casing off her garments of unrighteousness, she clothes herself in the black robes of contrition and starts in search of the God of light and spiritual purity. At the tomb of the Holy One, she is met by an angel, who tells her that the one whom she is seeking is not there. Lydda does not know that she has already found Him and His spirit has already entered into her life; shedding tears of penitence, she is purified and sanctified.
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A Tale of Two Cities
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MovieFeb 21, 1911

A Tale of Two Cities

Barrister Sydney Caron falls in love with lovely Lucie Manette, …
Barrister Sydney Caron falls in love with lovely Lucie Manette, daughter of a victim of the oppressive French aristocracy. After he successfully defends falsely accused Charles Darney, Carton's love for Lucie remains unrequited as she marries Darnay. When Darnay is ultimately condemned to death by a revolutionary tribunal during the Reign of Terror, his only hope for rescue lies with Carton.
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1910
Rose Leaves
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MovieAug 27, 1910

Rose Leaves

Mrs. String, sitting under the rose bushes with her baby, Helen, …
Mrs. String, sitting under the rose bushes with her baby, Helen, on her knee, is approached lovingly by her husband, who lovingly speaks to his family and then shakes the rose bushes over their heads, causing the white leaves to fall upon their heads in a shower of rarest sun tints. Again we see Helen a grown-up girl, fresh from the graduation exercises, happy in possessing her cherished diploma. Just as she is passing with some of her schoolmates under the rose bushes, her father, with the remembrance of his daughter's babyhood in his mind, shakes the bushes, while the white petals of the roses drop down upon Helen and her friends. Four years later, Helen's father having died, she sees a magazine article on the country girl's opportunities in the city. She decides to venture forth on her own responsibility to test her own independence and ability by securing employment in the metropolis. Located in the city in a cheap, poorly furnished room, Helen is trying to keep up her courage and content herself with her meager fare and depleted purse. Hearing a knock at the door, Helen opens it, and one of her newly formed acquaintances, a chorus girl, enters. She induces Helen to go to dinner with her. The poor child, conscious of her inferior wardrobe, enters the gilded halls of revelry like a timid fawn. Surrounded by the revelers, who are fast becoming intoxicated. Helen wishes for a chance to escape from the trap which has been set for her. One of the party, a young man names Howard, makes advances to Helen. One of the women takes a bouquet of roses from the vase on the table and shakes the rose leaves over the young man and Helen. Like magic they remind Helen of home and mother, and she casts off the spell which has been thrown about her, denounces Howard and his companions, and seizes her wraps and leaves the place. Howard is nonplussed and offers to bet he will follow Helen and bring her back. He goes, but she will not listen to his invitation to re-visit the restaurant, and tells him to leave her presence. He feels ashamed and avows that he loves her and will prove worthy of her love. Howard returns to the dinner and declares himself a changes man with a fixed purpose to lead a better life, and bids them all good-bye. Howard goes to see Helen, and finally they become engaged to marry, and when the goes home he goes with her. She finds her mother seated in the garden under the roses. Helen introduces her fiancé to her mother. In the last scene Helen and Howard are passing through the rose garden just after their marriage ceremony, clothed in their wedding garments.
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Becket
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MovieJul 9, 1910

Becket

Thomas à Becket was born in London. In 1155 he was …
Thomas à Becket was born in London. In 1155 he was made Chancellor of England by Henry II. Upon the death of the Archbishop Theobald of Canterbury, in 1162, at the time of this tragedy, he was elected, through King Henry's influence, to the vacant see. This exceptional film starts with a scene in the palace of King Henry II, showing Henry and Becket playing chess. The game is won by Becket, greatly provoking the King, who becomes angry. While in the midst of this tantrum, a messenger enters and presents Henry with the announcement of the death of the Archbishop Theobald, together with the bishop's cross. Henry is shocked, and, as he looks at the cross, half in jest and a desire to ridicule, he offers the jewel to Becket, and then places the cross with chain attached around Becket's neck, hoping it will prove a yoke to the wearer in his efforts to sustain the dignity and piety of the church, which, of course, he things is quite impossible for Becket to do. In this he is mistaken. Becket feels his unworthiness, but, inspired by the holiness of the office and its great responsibility, he at once, by prayer and castigations, prepares himself for its duties, which he devoutly and reverently accepts. While at devotion in the palace of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Becket is surprised by King Henry and his courtiers, who rudely interrupt him by their cruel and coarse laughter when they see him in his priestly robes in the attitude of humility and abnegation. Filled with majesty and divine spirit of his office, and aroused by a righteous indignation, Becket commands Henry and his followers to mend their ways and flee the wrath of God, lest they be destroyed. With cowering glances and slinking tread they leave his presence, shamefaced and abashed. Henry is now at enmity with the clergy. The scenes which follow show the incidents which lead to the attempted assassination of Father Gerard, the King's confessor, for the denunciation of the King's paramour, Rosamond. Henry, smarting under the opposition of the church, drafts a constitution which makes it possible for the King alone to put to death without court trial any member of the clergy whom he may accuse. This sounds the death knell of Becket, against whom the King bears great enmity. The Archbishop realizes his position, and his fears and soon brought to a reality. He is pursued by the minions of the King, who proceed to the Cathedral of Canterbury and slay him while he kneels in prayer before the crozier. The murderers carry the news to the King, apprising him of the execution of his dictate. He and his court tremble as they appreciate the enormity of their crime against the head of the church. Scarcely do they recover their nerve when retribution follows the King in the announcement that his own sons have seized the Kingdom of France; the Scots have crossed the border, and general uprisings in the midland. Crushed and half-crazed, Henry falls, a tottering wreck, against the throne, while the vision of the murdered Archbishop Becket, in beatific attitude, appears before him. The King, with conscience aflame with fear and remorse, collapses, a helpless and wretched mass, while the vision fades away.
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Twelfth Night
MovieFeb 5, 1910

Twelfth Night

An early silent version of Shakespeare's classic …
An early silent version of Shakespeare's classic comedy of unrequited love and gender bending.
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1909
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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MovieDec 25, 1909

A Midsummer Night's Dream

In ancient Athens, four young …
In ancient Athens, four young lovers escape into the woods. Meanwhile, tradesmen rehearse a play. All of them suffer from the shenanigans of mischievous fairies.
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Launcelot and Elaine
MovieNov 13, 1909

Launcelot and Elaine

The scene opens as King Arthur declares the ninth of the …
The scene opens as King Arthur declares the ninth of the tournaments, the prize of which is the last of nine diamonds. Queen Guinevere declares that illness will prevent her attendance and promptly Launcelot declares that he will not enter the lists, supposing that the Queen's indisposition is but the excuse for their meeting. His declaration is received with surprise, for he has won the other tournaments and wields the mightiest lance. The Queen quickly undeceives the sharer of her guilty love and bids him go to the tournament and win. Launcelot rides forth, attended only by his squire, and, coming to the castle of Astolot, demands of its lord a plain shield that his identity may he hidden. He is made welcome and given the shield of Sir Torre whose shield is yet blank, for he was defeated by Launcelot at the last tournament and may not blazon his arms upon his shield until he has achieved a victory. Launcelot leaves his own shield, bearing his device, in the care of the lovely Elaine, who urges him to wear her broidered sleeve upon his helmet when he rides against the others in the lists. Though he never before has worn a lady's gage, he accepts the favor and rides forth, little thinking of the damage he is doing. At Camelot he again defeats all other knights, but in the last encounter he is himself sorely wounded and is carried off the field by the faithful Sir Lavaine. A dagger has been thrust beneath his shoulder and its removal is followed by so copious a flow of blood that Lavaine hurries him to a hermit's cave, where he is cared for. King Arthur has sent Sir Gawain in search of the stranger knight, whose prowess has roused comment and it is Gawain who first brings to Astolot the news of Launcelot's victory and wound. Elaine goes to the hermit's cave, where she nurses him back to health, but Launcelot loves only the Queen and at last he rides away without a farewell. He meant it in all kindness, but he has broken the tender heart of the gentle maid, and on the bed of death she writes him a farewell and "the dead steered by the dumb," goes to Arthur's Court to bear the last adieu. Sadly the Queen places flowers upon the bier and Launcelot, oppressed by grief keeps knightly vigil beside the fragile form, finding there the repentance that in time purged his soul from the crime of illicit love.
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1908
Antony and Cleopatra
MovieNov 3, 1908

Antony and Cleopatra

The story of the ill-fated love affair between Marc Antony and …
The story of the ill-fated love affair between Marc Antony and Cleopatra.
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Romeo and Juliet
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MovieJun 6, 1908

Romeo and Juliet

Two feuding houses are united with the marriage and eventual …
Two feuding houses are united with the marriage and eventual death of their children.
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Macbeth
MovieApr 19, 1908

Macbeth

Macbeth usurps the Scottish throne by murdering his predecessor.
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1852
Charles Kent
BirthJune 1852

Charles Kent

Charles Kent was born.
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