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Charles West

  • Nov 30, 1885 - Oct 10, 1943 (age 57)
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1943
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Charles West

Charles West passed away.
1932
Law of the West
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MovieMar 20, 1932

Law of the West

For revenge the outlaw Morgan steals the Carruthers young …
For revenge the outlaw Morgan steals the Carruthers young son. Seventeen years later Carruthers arrives in the valley where Morgan, his gang, and the now grown Bob hide. After Morgan shoots Tracy, he tells Bob that Carruthers did it and sends Bob out after him. But unknown to Bob, Morgan has put blanks in his gun.
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1930
Along Came Youth
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MovieDec 20, 1930

Along Came Youth

Rare Paramount film, supposedly lost save for a partial nitrate, …
Rare Paramount film, supposedly lost save for a partial nitrate, is typical boy chases girl film. Set in London, American Larry Brooks, former millionaire and now broke, pursues lovely ...
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For the Defense
MovieJul 19, 1930

For the Defense

William Powell plays William Foster, a slick attorney who …
William Powell plays William Foster, a slick attorney who stays within the law, but specializes in representing crooks and shady characters. He's adept at keeping them out of jail, winning ...
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1928
The Man from Headquarters
MovieAug 1, 1928

The Man from Headquarters

A brilliant detective is trying …
A brilliant detective is trying to break up a notorious crime ring, using part of an intercepted message. While investigating, he meets a beautiful and mysterious countess.
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1926
The House Without a Key
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MovieNov 21, 1926

The House Without a Key

A Pathe serial in ten …
A Pathe serial in ten chapters of two-reels each: Dan Winterslip, a wealthy man in Honolulu, has not spoken to his brother, who owns a hotel next to Winterslip's estate, in over twenty years. Minerva, sister to the estranged brothers, comes from Boston to try to reconcile the two men. John Quincy Winterslip, Dan's nephew, receives a letter instructing him to retrieve a box from an attic in San Francisco and dump the contents into the ocean. He is on board a ship bound for Hawaii in which other passengers are also after the box. Dan Winterslip is murdered. Charlie Chan, a Chinese detective, offers to help solve the killing and the mysteries surround the box. Chan is looking for the person whose wristwatch is missing the number 'three.'
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Snowed In
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MovieJul 4, 1926

Snowed In

A forest ranger and an adventuress team up against a gang of …
A forest ranger and an adventuress team up against a gang of bandits when all are cut off from the outside world by a blizzard. The gang is controlled by the mysterious Charles Redfield, whom none of the bandits have ever actually seen.
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The Skyrocket
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MovieJan 27, 1926

The Skyrocket

The Skyrocket is a 1926 American silent romantic drama film …
The Skyrocket is a 1926 American silent romantic drama film directed by Marshall Neilan, and starring Peggy Hopkins Joyce. The film was based on the 1925 novel of the same name by Adela Rogers St. Johns and scripted by Benjamin Glazer. No prints of The Skyrocket are known to exist and the film is now presumed lost.
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1925
The Road to Yesterday
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MovieNov 15, 1925

The Road to Yesterday

Malena's apparent frigidity …
Malena's apparent frigidity toward her husband Kenneth is a result of injustice done in an earlier incarnation when he was a knight and she was a gypsy headed for burning at the stake. This becomes evident when their unconscious minds travel back from a train wreck in the American plains to Elizabethan England.
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1923
Times Have Changed
MovieOct 7, 1923

Times Have Changed

Times Have Changed is a 1923 American silent comedy …
Times Have Changed is a 1923 American silent comedy drama film directed by James Flood and starring William Russell, Mabel Julienne Scott and Charles West.
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1921
Bob Hampton of Placer
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MovieMay 1, 1921

Bob Hampton of Placer

Former captain in the U. S. …
Former captain in the U. S. Army, Bob Hampton wrongfully convicted and having served a prison sentence for the killing of Major Brant, becomes notorious as a gambler and gunfighter throughout the West in 1876. Joining a party of settlers, Hampton saves the life of a girl known as "The Kid" from an Indian siege. Lieutenant Brant, son of the major, falls in love with her, and Hampton later discovers that she is his lost daughter. Finding the real murderer, Hampton forces him to confess, then continues his journey and joins Custer's last stand with Dick, a befriended waif, and they go to their death in each other's arms. His daughter learns that her father's name has been cleared, and she marries Lieutenant Brant.
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1920
Go and Get It
MovieJul 18, 1920

Go and Get It

An intrepid newspaper reporter attempts to solve a series of …
An intrepid newspaper reporter attempts to solve a series of murders committed by a gorilla carrying the transplanted brain of a human.
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Parlor, Bedroom and Bath
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MovieJul 5, 1920

Parlor, Bedroom and Bath

Parlor, Bedroom and Bath is …
Parlor, Bedroom and Bath is a lost 1920 American silent comedy film produced and released by Metro Pictures and directed by Edward Dillon. The film stars Ruth Stonehouse and Eugene Pallette. It is based on the 1917 Broadway play Parlor, Bedroom and Bath by Charles William Bell and Mark Swan which was produced by A. H. Woods.
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The Phantom Melody
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MovieJan 27, 1920

The Phantom Melody

The Phantom Melody is a 1920 American silent drama film …
The Phantom Melody is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Douglas Gerrard, and starring Monroe Salisbury, Henry A. Barrows, Ray Gallagher, Charles West and Jean Calhoun. The film was released by Universal Film Manufacturing Company on January 27, 1920. The film's "premature burial" plotline tilts it in the direction of being a horror film as well as a melodrama. Director Gerrard emigrated to Hollywood from Ireland in 1913 to become an actor, but quickly gravitated to film directing in 1916 with his The Price of Victory, but gave up directing soon after filming The Phantom Melody.
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1918
The White Man's Law
MovieMay 6, 1918

The White Man's Law

The story is simply that of misplaced confidence, that of …
The story is simply that of misplaced confidence, that of deception practiced by a renegade Englishman of attractive personality and high social training upon characters more simple and true-hearted. He has left a wife behind him to retrieve lost fortunes and social position in the ivory trade where climatic conditions are such that the place, Sierra Leone, is known as "the white man's grave." This renegade, before starting on an expedition to the unexplored interior, trifles with the affections of Maida Verne, a French Sudanese girl, who has been educated at the mission, and becomes something of a favorite with the English colony. She is engaged to the son of a native king, a young man modernized by an education at Oxford, but still retaining the best of native ideals. He is almost unnaturally magnanimous in stepping aside when he believes that Maida is to wed the Englishman, but he discovers that the latter has a wife living while the two are on the expedition returning from a successful search for ivory. The two men fight in a canoe, and the native is apparently drowned. The renegade escapes, but the native returns to their starting point in time to save Maida and execute terrible vengeance.
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1916
The Dream Girl
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MovieJul 17, 1916

The Dream Girl

The father of San Francisco waif Meg runs an illegal liquor …
The father of San Francisco waif Meg runs an illegal liquor club and supports "English" Hal in scheme to blackmail a wealthy girl. Meg is put on probation to Benjamin Merton, father of the girl to be blackmailed. When she discovers her father's plan she reveals all, risking expulsion from her new home and the company of its very attractive son Tom.
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1915
Truth Stranger Than Fiction
MovieMay 29, 1915

Truth Stranger Than Fiction

Truth Stranger Than Fiction released.
1914
Lord Chumley
MovieJun 14, 1914

Lord Chumley

After Gasper La Sage and his cohort, Blink Blunk, are …
After Gasper La Sage and his cohort, Blink Blunk, are released from prison, they make plans for another robbery. The scheme, which requires La Sage to pose as a gentleman, fails. Blunk is arrested, but La Sage goes free. Some time later, La Sage goes to England where he blackmails Lt. Hugh Butterworth, an officer who misappropriated money intended for the widow of a fellow officer, and who owes La Sage money for gambling debts. As payment, La Sage wants Hugh to arrange for him to marry Eleanor, Hugh's sister. Hugh tells his friend Lord Chumley about La Sage, however, and Chumley is able to learn about La Sage's past when he overhears Blunk, now out of jail, threaten his former friend. After La Sage intensifies his suit for Eleanor, Chumley is finally able to discredit him by tearing open his shirt and revealing the mark of the prison. With La Sage out of the way, Chumley and Eleanor announce their engagement as do Hugh and his faithful sweetheart, Jessie.
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1913
I Was Meant for You
MovieAug 11, 1913

I Was Meant for You

Theron is Lavina's natural choice, though she imagines herself …
Theron is Lavina's natural choice, though she imagines herself in love with Luke, who is secretly loved by Lavina's sister, Susan. Susan sees that the couple are ill-suited to each other and adopts her own means to break the match. She is successful, but it is not until all have passed through a stirring and leavening experience that each couple realizes they were meant for each other.
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The Mothering Heart
MovieJun 21, 1913

The Mothering Heart

Always mothering something the girl came into her own. So …
Always mothering something the girl came into her own. So through the mother spirit she yielded to her young admirer's persuasions. He was such a sorry young person. Soon her sacrificing heart brightened the path of the struggling husband, her own heartaches forgotten for her loved one. With prosperity came the idle woman and a young wife's struggle against the truth. A new light broke, then darkened, but shone again the clearer.
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Just Gold
MovieMay 24, 1913

Just Gold

The brothers choose between love and gold. The three brothers …
The brothers choose between love and gold. The three brothers sought the gold regions. The fourth chose to be a stay-at-home. He sought just love, and love was his reward: in the happiness of two old parents and the heart of a sweet girl. But those in the gold regions, each for himself, seeking just gold, found their ill rewards in the sordid earth of the Bad Lands.
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The Wanderer
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MovieMay 3, 1913

The Wanderer

This story is somewhat in the nature of a poetical fantasy, …
This story is somewhat in the nature of a poetical fantasy, and may be construed as the spectator pleases. It is the story of a wanderer who prefers to seek, through his flute, the spirit of truth, that he may give it out into the world as he passes through his various journeys and experiences in life and thus make earth a better and fairer place. He prefers this to the perpetual strife for gain.
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The Left-Handed Man
MovieApr 21, 1913

The Left-Handed Man

The thief was clever and he forged around the girl's sweetheart …
The thief was clever and he forged around the girl's sweetheart a chain of circumstantial evidence that seemingly had no flaw. The girl's faith was great and in unraveling the mystery the detective she engaged used the scientific methods of today, making a brilliant detective story.
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1912
The God Within
MovieDec 26, 1912

The God Within

The woman of the camp implores her lover to marry her, and …
The woman of the camp implores her lover to marry her, and he promises to do so, but goes away and does not return. Target of the camp's jeers, she lives alone until her child is born dead. The doctor fears for her reason if she discovers that all her shame and anguish have been in vain. He has another maternity case on the outskirts of the camp, where the Saint, as the trapper's wife is known, dies in giving birth to a child. For the sake of the baby and of the woman bereft, the doctor gains the trapper's consent to a plan, and brings his two patients together. The woman's quarters being squalid, the doctor insists that she go to the trapper's cabin, and the trapper moves out to make room for her. The sight of his child drawing life from an alien breast has awakened the trapper's soul. And the touch of baby hands the strangeness of human kindness, stir the God within the woman. The doctor hopes to see her marry the trapper. At this moment the woman's former lover returns, bent on making such amends as he can. He, too, has discovered the living God within him. At the doctor's suggestion the woman chooses between the two men. For a long time she hesitates, then places her hand in the trapper's palm.
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The Massacre
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MovieNov 7, 1912

The Massacre

The story of the massacre of an Indian village, and the …
The story of the massacre of an Indian village, and the ensuing retaliation.
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Lena and the Geese
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MovieJun 17, 1912

Lena and the Geese

For reasons of state, the first-born, a baby girl, is sent away and …
For reasons of state, the first-born, a baby girl, is sent away and placed in the care of Gretchen, a trusted peasant woman, who is the widowed mother of a little child about the same age. The two children grow up as sisters. Later, upon her deathbed, the noble lady repents and sends for her child to reinstate her. Gretchen takes this opportunity to make a great lady of her own daughter Lena, the goose girl, by sending her to court instead of the real heiress. Hence Lena is taken before the noble lady as she breathes her last, happy in the belief that she has made reparation. Lena is now a great lady, but the title is a great misfit; court etiquette with her is hard work. She longs to be back with Gretchen and her "geeses." She endures it as long as she can and then bolts. Gretchen, by this time, is sorry for her deception, and is only too eager to straighten the affair.
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Home Folks
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MovieJun 6, 1912

Home Folks

A stern father rules his little family by what he thinks to be the …
A stern father rules his little family by what he thinks to be the Bible's precepts, but it is simply the influence of his own narrow mind, he forgetting entirely his own youth. Hence when his boy suggests going to a barn dance, he flies into a rage and commands that the boy remain at home. The boy, however, becomes rebellious and goes, and for this act of disobedience the father drives him from the house and forces the rest of the family to swear never to mention his name again. A short time later they move to a new neighborhood, and the boy's sister meets and marries the village blacksmith. The old father has often regretted his harshness to the boy, but his stubborn nature prevents his admitting it. The sister, though, realizes his feelings and writes to her brother, who begs to come home. This almost causes trouble of another nature, for the blacksmith, who knew nothing of the brother, saw his wife in the apparent stranger's arms, and suspicious, was about to leave without asking an explanation.
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A Lodging for the Night
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MovieMay 9, 1912

A Lodging for the Night

Dick Logan, a young writer in …
Dick Logan, a young writer in search of local color, stops at a little border town in the Southwest and engages lodging at the Mexican Inn. Two tramps see the amount of money he has and plan to secure it. In the town he befriends a Mexican girl by stopping her uncle from beating her for having broken a water jar. That night, to while the time, he plays faro and breaks the bank, which greatly augments his already large amount of money. Retiring to his room, he is awakened by the efforts of the two tramps to get into the room. He steals out and asks for lodging for the night at a nearby house, which happens to be the home of the Mexican girl and her uncle. Here he gets real "local color," as the tramps have followed him and they enter the room through the window, while the Mexican, who also covets his money, enters through the door. The girl, however, saves him from harm, and it looks as if Dick had found a real heroine for a real romance.
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The Lesser Evil
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MovieApr 29, 1912

The Lesser Evil

As per appointment, the girl goes to meet her sweetheart outside …
As per appointment, the girl goes to meet her sweetheart outside an old shack. This spot is selected as being the most sequestered. Unknown to anyone, this shack is used by a gang of smugglers for the reception of contraband goods for shipment. This gang is just preparing to take away a cargo when the girl arrives. Not finding her sweetheart there, and hearing voices, she imagines he is inside the shack, and enters. The gang becomes panic-stricken at the entrance of an outsider. It is not long before they realize the importance of the situation, and as she has discovered their secret, they dare not leave her behind. Carrying her aboard their ship they sail away, just as the girl's sweetheart, who was late on account of the stopping of his watch, arrives at the place of meeting, and helplessly witnesses their departure. The young man rushing off, gets the Harbor Officers to attempt a rescue. In the meantime, the girl is in great peril on the ship, as the captain, who has locked her in his cabin, defends her from the onslaught of his drunken, mutinous crew. Finally, his ammunition being reduced to one cartridge, she begs that it be turned upon her, choosing death rather than falling into their hands. Good fortune, however, ordains that the rescue party shall deliver her from her peril.
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The Girl and Her Trust
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MovieMar 12, 1912

The Girl and Her Trust

Some tramps assault the …
Some tramps assault the telegraph office trying to rob $2000 delivered by train. The telegraphist girl, trying to help, telegraphs the next station and then the men are captured.
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A String of Pearls
MovieMar 7, 1912

A String of Pearls

A poor young man is seriously ill, but his rich employer won't …
A poor young man is seriously ill, but his rich employer won't help him. Instead he spends a fortune on a pearl necklace for his wife. The poor man recovers with the help of his kindly neighbors while the rich man's wife becomes sick and dies, with the useless necklace by her side.
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For His Son
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MovieJan 22, 1912

For His Son

A father, anxious for his son's financial well being, develops …
A father, anxious for his son's financial well being, develops a special soda pop called Dopokoke which is laced with cocaine. Dopokoke is advertised as relief "for that tired feeling." The drink is a success, but the son becomes addicted to it, much to his father's regret. Loosely based on the allegations that the Coca-Cola company and other soft drink manufacturers laced their soda with dope.
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1911
The Battle
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MovieNov 6, 1911

The Battle

Union soldiers march off to battle amid cheering crowds. After …
Union soldiers march off to battle amid cheering crowds. After the battle turns against the Union Army, one soldier runs away, hiding in his girlfriend's house. Ashamed of his cowardice, he finds his courage and crosses enemy lines to bring help to his trapped comrades.
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Swords and Hearts
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MovieAug 28, 1911

Swords and Hearts

As Hugh Frazier, son of a wealthy tobacco planter, leaves to …
As Hugh Frazier, son of a wealthy tobacco planter, leaves to join his company in the Confederate Army, he becomes engaged to Irene Lambert, a beautiful, but cold and calculating girl, who promises her hand when he returns victorious. Unknown to Hugh, Jennie Baker, a little girl of the "poor white class," has fallen passionately in love with him. Her father is one of those who hate the "aristocrats," eking an existence selling berries, etc., from their little garden. Hugh, making a flying visit to Irene, is only saved from capture by Jennie's devotion, she taking his horse and donning his hat and coat, by which she leads his pursuers astray. That night, Jennie's father is killed leading an attack by Bushwhackers upon the Frazier Mansion in an attempt to secure the family wealth, but old Ben, the negro servant, anticipates their designs by taking the family strong box and burying it. The Bushwhackers, however, burn the old mansion to the ground, Hugh's father, perishing in the ruins. Hence, when Hugh returns, he finds himself homeless. Irene has turned her attentions upon a Union officer, but Jennie is still faithful. Hugh now sees her worth, and old Ben appears with the strong box which has remained hidden since the night of the attack.
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The Last Drop of Water
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MovieJul 27, 1911

The Last Drop of Water

A wagon train heading west …
A wagon train heading west across the great desert runs out of water, and is attacked by Indians. One man -- their last hope -- is sent out to find water.
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The New Dress
MovieMay 15, 1911

The New Dress

Marta asks her husband Jose to buy her a new dress she saw …
Marta asks her husband Jose to buy her a new dress she saw at the market. On his way home, he goes with a friend to a saloon and drunkenly gives the dress to a barmaid. At home Jose tells his wife he lost the dress. She retraces his steps and finds the barmaid modeling her new dress. Faced with the truth, she goes mad.
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The Lonedale Operator
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MovieMar 23, 1911

The Lonedale Operator

When her father becomes ill, …
When her father becomes ill, a young woman takes over the telegraph at a lonely western railroad station. She soon gets word that the next train will deliver the payroll for a mining ...
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1910
The Fugitive
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MovieNov 7, 1910

The Fugitive

Two Johns, a Confederate and an Union soldier, leave their …
Two Johns, a Confederate and an Union soldier, leave their family to go to the front. After a skirmish they end up separated from their respective sides, the Union soldier shoots the Confederate, but he has to escape and look for refuge in the house of his enemy.
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The Oath and the Man
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MovieSep 22, 1910

The Oath and the Man

Before the revolution in France the nobility exercised a most …
Before the revolution in France the nobility exercised a most despotic rule over the peasants, subjecting them to abject slavery. Not only did they suffer pecuniary oppression, but their humble households were invaded and defiled by the noble profligates. Henri Provost, a perfumer, receives a call from his landlord in quest of some perfume. During his visit this nobleman is attracted by Henri's pretty young wife. Her beauty so enthralls him that he, during her husband's absence, exercises his presumed rights, and invites, or rather commands her to attend his house fete. Here he dresses her in finery and promises to make a great lady of her, so that when her husband, who finding whither she had gone, bursts into the palace, she denies him. The heartbroken perfumer at first would return to the palace and in vengeance murder both his wife and the nobleman, but the old priest stays him, by showing him the crucifix, the emblem of Christian charity and making him swear he would never kill them. Indicating that vengeance belonged to God. Henri takes this oath and lives up to it. Some time later the peasants chafing under aristocratic tyranny revolt, with the perfumer a leader. The revolutionists invade the home of the nobleman, the occupants of which flee in panic. The nobleman himself, with the perfumer's wife, who is still with him, make their way to her former home, which she imagines is deserted. The perfumer enters, and upon meeting the guilty pair, sees his chance to wreak vengeance. He is about to run them through when the old priest again appears and shows him the crucifix, reminding him of his oath. He then waves back the mob, who haven't seen the nobleman, with the exclamation, "This is my wife." The mob dismissed, he takes the couple to an inner room where they exchange their finery for peasant's attire. Thus they leave to take their chances of evading intemperate revolutionists who are parading outside, devastating everything and destroying everybody aristocratic. What a bitter lesson she has been taught. Her covetousness has brought her only shame, terror, poverty and isolation.
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The House with Closed Shutters
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MovieAug 8, 1910

The House with Closed Shutters

During the Civil War a young …
During the Civil War a young soldier loses his nerve in battle and runs away to his home to hide; his sister puts on his uniform, takes her brother's place in the battle, and is killed. ...
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A Flash of Light
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MovieJul 18, 1910

A Flash of Light

John Rogers, a young chemist, is sincerely loved by the eldest …
John Rogers, a young chemist, is sincerely loved by the eldest of two sisters, but in a state of infatuation prefers the younger girl, fascinated by what he would call vivacity, but which is nothing less than frivolousness. He marries her, and she soon tires of a life of domesticity. He tries to interest her in his chemical experiments but they simply bore her, although they are interesting to the sister, which interest is born of a pure love which she still holds. While he is working in his laboratory, the wife is either entertaining or being entertained by friends. She is in her element at a dinner party, when an explosion takes place in her husband's laboratory, apparently destroying his sight and hearing. It is a sad house she returns to after her evening's pleasure. There is her husband, deaf and sightless. You may imagine her lot is now more repugnant, as his helplessness annoys her, so she eagerly accepts diversion. This comes in the form of an offer from one of her friends, a theater manager, to shine on the comic opera stage. She accepts the offer and on the persuasion of this friend decides to leave her husband and get a divorce, leaving her wedding ring on the table for her sister or father-in-law to find. The sister sees her action, and tries to dissuade her, but in vain. The thought of this second and worse blow to the young man moves the sister to wear the ring, deceiving him until his affliction has passed, for the doctor is sure of restoring his sight and hearing. This deception is easy, as he can neither see nor hear and is ever under hands of the nurse. The operation promises to be successful, so the sister goes to the green room of the theater to bring the wife back. After a heated argument the wife consents to go and see him at least, arriving just as he is placed in a darkened room to have the bandage removed. When the bandage is taken off, the young man sees in the dim light of the room the figures about him. He turns from one to the other until he sees his wife and makes a move towards her, but she with guilty mien recoils and as she does, clutches the portieres nervously. Down they come, letting in a fatal flash of light from the outside, striking the poor fellow's eyes, causing now incurable blindness. Realizing what she has done, she rushes horror-stricken from the house. The young man's hearing unimpaired, he learns the truth and now feels in his heart what he failed to see with his eyes.
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A Midnight Cupid
MovieJul 7, 1910

A Midnight Cupid

Perry Dudley, a young man of wealth and position, is the …
Perry Dudley, a young man of wealth and position, is the center of attraction with the matchmaking mothers, as he is considered the season's best catch. The daughters are by no means backward. In obtruding themselves to his notice. In fact, he is so annoyed and bored by this bevy of fawning females that his life becomes one of ennui. He longs for a change where people are less superficial. While fulfilling one of his social obligations his house is entered by a poor unfortunate tramp, a veritable soldier of misfortune. The poor fellow has a letter in his pocket from friends in his native village from whence he left when but a small boy. The missive asks that he return and he will be taken care of. He is inclined to go, but cannot make the trip on an empty stomach, so his visit to the Dudley mansion is in quest of food. He finds no one at home, and espying a decanter of wine on the table, in lieu of food, takes a drink. The wine has both an intoxicating and soporific effect, and when Perry returns he finds his nocturnal visitor on the floor in a profound bacchanalian slumber. As he lifts him to a chair Perry sees the letter, which he reads. What a chance. He decides at once to disguise himself and go to the country in the tramp's place, assuming that no one would recognize the deception. Placing a ten-dollar bill in the tramp's pocket instead of the letter, he instructs his valet and butler to take the sleeping tramp out and lay him on a bench in the park. Off Perry goes to present himself as the long-lost native, and has little trouble in convincing the old tanner that he is the personage to whom the letter is addressed. Of course, he is welcomed, but one thing he didn't bargain for was work on the farm; still he must endure it. Another thing he didn't bargain for, but is willing to endure, is the companionship of farmer's pretty daughter. It is a case of love on both sides. Meanwhile, the tramp awakening and finding the money, resolves to go back to his old home. His arrival is uneventful, as no one will believe him until he shows the farmer several marks or scars of identification as proof, hence the farmer chases Perry off and locks the daughter in her room. But, pshaw! As they appreciate the fact that love has ever given locksmiths the merry ha ha, they won't let a little thing like that break their romance, so they elope. When they arrive at Perry's mansion the girl is amazed, but is reassured by the presence of a minister, who makes them one just as the old father, who has followed with a neighbor, enters. He not only makes the best of the situation, but considers himself the most fortunate father in Christendom with his daughter making such a match.
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A Child's Impulse
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MovieJun 27, 1910

A Child's Impulse

Mrs. Thurston, a socially ambitious widow, is holding one of her …
Mrs. Thurston, a socially ambitious widow, is holding one of her famous Bohemian parties. To these functions are invited the leading lights of the several professions, actors, artists, musicians, etc. Surrounded by these men and women of art and letters, she was at first entertained, but they soon palled and bored. On this evening in particular, she is especially possessed of ennui, until the appearance of Raymond Hartley, a wealthy young bachelor, who is introduced into the circle by a newspaper man. An attachment immediately springs up between the widow and Raymond, and it must he said that the latter is more sincere than the former, for Raymond calls upon her and proposes marriage, which she is only too willing to accept. His friends, however, upon finding out the seriousness of the situation, go and warn him against her, accusing her of being a flirt. He, of course, will not believe until he himself later finds their accusation true. His friend and chum suggests a stay in the country to cure him of this ominous infatuation. Selecting a quiet out of the way place they go, enjoining the valet to keep secret their whereabouts. Almost upon their arrival, he meets Grace, the daughter of the farmer. Her simple, artless manners, with her rustic beauty, fairly captivate him and make him forget the widow entirely. He now experiences a higher and holier love, so he sends word to his valet to send on his trunks as he intends protracting his stay indefinitely, and later proposes to Grace and gains consent. The widow, meanwhile, has waxed uneasy, as she is most anxious to make this rich match, realizing what Raymond's wealth would do for her. At his residence she gets little information from the valet, but espying the trunk tagged, she slyly notes the address. Off she goes in her auto, and funds Raymond on the roadside in a state of elation over his prospects. Feigning illness, she elicits his sympathy, and soon the old infatuation possesses him. Back to the city he goes with the widow, after dispatching a note to Grace of his departure. What a shock this is to the poor girl, and her little sister, while she doesn't quite understand why, feels that the return of Raymond is urgent. The trunks have arrived and the little one finds the return stub still intact. Getting her toy bank, she extracts her savings and finds she has sufficient to pay the fare to the city. Surreptitiously she starts, and when in the city a policeman directs her to Raymond, whose valet states he is at the widow's. Here the child enters into the midst of a Bohemian gathering. The look into the child's sweet face, so much in contrast to the features around him, and but the sound of one word of her pleading, is enough to decide him, so picking up the child in his arms he dashes from the place, hurling aside the widow, who would detain him. Back to the farmhouse he rushes and throws himself appealingly at the feet of the poor heart-crushed Grace.
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In the Border States
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MovieJun 13, 1910

In the Border States

During the Civil War, a father living in a border state leaves to …
During the Civil War, a father living in a border state leaves to join the Union Army. After he leaves, Confederate troops forage on his property, where a soldier encounters one of his daughters. The father himself is wounded on a hazardous mission and must run for his life, pursued by Confederate soldiers.
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A Child of the Ghetto
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MovieJun 6, 1910

A Child of the Ghetto

After her mother's death, …
After her mother's death, Ruth struggles to support herself as a seamstress. While Ruth delivers shirts to the factory owner, the owner's son steals some money and Ruth is accused of the crime. She flees the ghetto of New York's Lower East Side and hides in the country where a young farmer takes her in and they fall in love.
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The Impalement
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MovieMay 30, 1910

The Impalement

Walter Avery is blessed with a most dutiful and loving wife, whose …
Walter Avery is blessed with a most dutiful and loving wife, whose every endeavor and thought is to make him happy, but he being a man of the world, finds domestic life dull, and his wife's attentions boring. Hence, it is with eagerness that he accepts invitations to the different social functions. Accompanied by his wife, he attends a social gathering and there meets a young dancing girl, society's favorite entertainer. He is immediately obsessed with an infatuation for the girl, and it is evident that his feelings are reciprocated. Mrs. Avery's suspicions are aroused and she accuses him of undue attentions toward the dancer. He, of course, denies her accusations and cajoles her into believing that his thoughts are always only for her. Nevertheless, the time comes when she sees positive proof of his perfidy in a letter to him from the girl inviting him to attend a dinner at her house given in his honor, hoping he will not fail to grace the occasion. When he is about to leave for the dancer's home, Mrs. Avery picks up a bottle of poison, threatening to take her life if he goes. Regarding this threat merely a jealous woman's trick to keep him home, he not only treats it with derision, but pours the contents of the bottle into a goblet, remarking that it would be more convenient to take it that way, and off he goes. When he is gone the true aspect of the situation dawns on her. She realizes for the first time what a despicable wretch he is, and not worth the effort to save him, so she dashes the glass with its contents to the floor. However, the strain of the ordeal through which she has passed proves too much for her, and she falls in a swoon to the floor. Meanwhile, Avery has reached the home of the dancer, and is toasted at his entrance. By strange coincidence, the glass handed to him is identical with the one he handed his wife. He at once becomes conscience-stricken that his wife may have carried out her threat. Rushing back to his home he finds his wife in a swoon, but he thinks her dead. Dead, and he caused it! At this moment he becomes a veritable maniac. Dashing madly out of the house, he re-enters the dancer's home like a fiend. The guests are thrown into a panic as he shrieks, "I killed my wife! I killed my wife!" and falls across the table dead, struck down by the relentless avenger of injured virtue.
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Ramona
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MovieMay 23, 1910

Ramona

Ramona is a little orphan of the great Spanish household of …
Ramona is a little orphan of the great Spanish household of Moreno. Alessandro, the Indian, arrives at the Camulos ranch with his sheep-shearers, showing his first meeting with Ramona. There is at once a feeling of interest noticeable between them which ripens into love. This Senora Moreno, her foster mother, endeavors to crush, with poor success, until she forces a separation by exiling Alessandro from the ranch. He goes back to his native village to find the white men devastating the place and scattering his people. The Senora, meanwhile, has told Ramona that she herself has Indian blood, which induces her to renounce her present world and go to Alessandro. They are married and he finds still a little shelter left from the wreckage. Here they live until the whites again appear and drive them off, claiming the land. From place to place they journey, only to be driven further until finally death comes to Alessandro just as aid comes in the person of Felipe, the Senora's son, who takes Ramona back to Camulos.
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The Two Brothers
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MovieApr 4, 1910

The Two Brothers

In Camarillo, principality of the Spanish dominion, there …
In Camarillo, principality of the Spanish dominion, there lived two brothers, Jose and Manuel. Born in a noble Spanish family and reared by a mother noble in both station and character, they were vastly different morally. Jose was a dutiful son and upright young man, while Manuel was the black sheep. It was on Easter Sunday morning during the processional that Manuel appears in an intoxicated condition and foully ridicules the priests and acolytes as they enter the chapel of the old mission. At this the mother's pride is hurt beyond endurance and she exiles her profligate son from her forever. Manuel is shunned as a viper and while making his way along the road, meets Pedro, the notorious political outlaw, who sympathizes with him and offers him inducements to join him, and so takes him to his camp. Meanwhile, Jose woos and wins the Red Rose of Capistran and the day for the wedding is set. Manuel finds the life in the outlaws' camp palls, and, drawn by irresistible memories, he visits his home village, Here he is shot in the arm by his brother, who hounds him, and escapes further injury by hiding among the ruins of the mission, where he is discovered later by the Rose and her girl companion, who relieve his agony by dressing his wounded arm. He goes back to the outlaw camp with a firm purpose of revenge. The wedding of Jose and the Red Rose has taken place and the young couple start for their new home with their friends, by the coach. On this coach is also the rich dowry chest. This the outlaw learns and here appears the brother's chance for revenge, so gathering together the band to pursue the wedding party, they overtake the coach, but not until Pedro has fallen and Manuel assumes leadership. Jose is dragged from the conveyance and brought before his brother, who is about to dispatch him, when the bride and her friend rush up. He now sees that they and his succor when wounded at the mission are the same, hence he allows all to go on their way unharmed. The little friend of the bride who assisted in aiding the wounded brother at the mission, fell in love with him at first sight, and at this second meeting she makes clear her feeling for him. He, on the other hand, is struck by the artlessness of the pretty little Senorita and later finds himself her willing slave, and it is with amazement that the villagers see her lead Manuel into the chapel. Thus he finds love the master to curb and finally dissipate his impious inclinations.
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In Old California
MovieMar 10, 1910

In Old California

No land nor period was more given to romance than the Spanish …
No land nor period was more given to romance than the Spanish American in the early part of the 19th century. The influence of the warm constant sun, without excessive amenity was conducive to lethargy and lethargy is the seed of romance. The dreamer is a romancer. This Biograph story starts some time before Mexican independence was proclaimed in California, which occurred in 1822. Perdita Arguello, the pretty Spanish senorita is beloved by Jose Manuella, a wealthy young Spaniard, who migrated to the new world in search of adventure. A man of qualities, he surrenders claim upon the girl when he finds her heart is given to Pedro Cortes, a handsome troubadour of the village. Cortes is just the sort of fellow to impress a thoughtless and unsophisticated girl with his gentle persuasive manner together with his talent as a musician. Of poetic temperament, she yields to his plan and marries him. But what a calamity! Twenty years later we see the result of her folly. Cortes proved to be a worthless dipsomaniac and reprobate. Spending his time and money she earns at the tavern. The most unfortunate feature is that they have a son, now nearly 19 years old. Perdita realizes that the environs and example of the father are not favorable to the boy's well-being, hence she resolves to save him. It is at a time when Baja and Alta California are in conflict, and Manuella, Perdita's former lover, is now Governor. So she appeals to him to provide a future for their son. The Governor takes the boy into his own company. But is there any wonder that the son of such a dog as Cortes should prove himself to be a despicable whelp? He is not long in the service when the blood of his father asserts itself. Drunkenness is one of the first offenses. Next theft of the meanest order, that of robbing his sleeping comrades-in-arms. Perdita has dispatched a letter of thanks to the Governor, which he is reading as the drunken boy is brought before him. The tone of the letter induces Manuella to be easy on the boy that she might live in ignorance of his real nature. However, later she writes that she is dying and believing her son has made a name for himself, she asks to be allowed to see him before she dies. As the Governor reads this letter the boy is brought before him, having been caught for thieving. Manuella is thoroughly disgusted with the boy, but in order to have his mother die happy, he decorates him, making him appear before her as a hero. When she breathes her last the medals are torn his breast and he is sent to prison where the punishment he justly deserves is inflicted. In this subject are shown a series of most beautiful scenes of Southern California, which are photographically perfect.
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The Thread of Destiny
MovieMar 7, 1910

The Thread of Destiny

Little Myrtle, the orphan girl …
Little Myrtle, the orphan girl of San Gabriel, stands at the window of her cabin contemplating the beautiful sun before her; the valley out between the hills bedecked by the hand of Flora, iridescent in the morning light, a veritable Iris. Her pure soul goes out in love to the trees, the flowers and the sun, which is responded in the exhilaration of their perfume. Yet she is obsessed with an insatiable yearning. An orphan, she does not know paternal love; her pure, tender heart does not concur with those around her, for the village is made up of a people abjectly material. There is but one to whom she can evince her generous, affectionate nature, the wife of the innkeeper, who is ill. Each morning she gathers flowers and brings them to her. On this morning we see her flower-laden, making her way to the inn. On the road she meets a Mexican stranger, Estrada. Their hands touch while he assists her in recovering some of the flowers she has dropped. She experiences a thrill, such as she had never felt before, and yet she doesn't know why. However, her heart seems lighter, the world brighter, as she continues on to the inn to cheer and comfort the suffering woman. As she is about to leave, she is insulted with the advances of Gus Walters, a drunken tough. He is about to seize her when Estrada enters and rescues her from the peril, seeing her safely out of the place. Later, Estrada is induced to take a hand in a poker game, which is really a subterfuge to start a quarrel. He is accused of cheating, and they determine to lynch him. Seeing the chances extremely against him, he picks up a chair, and whirling it around him, makes his way to the door. He dashes down the road, and by climbing a tree, manages to throw his pursuers off his trail. In detour he finally comes to a cabin, which he enters as refuge, to find it the home of .Myrtle. Her wit saves him. She makes him bind her hands and feet, disarrange the place, and then hide under a pile of stuff. The appearances are convincing to the story she tells the posse of being robbed by Estrada, who had proceeded on out of reach. They are satisfied that the Mexican has eluded them and so search no further, going back to the inn. Gus hangs back and returns to Myrtle's cabin to wreak revenge, thinking she is unprotected, but he is mistaken, of course, and being off guard, he is easily overpowered and bound. He is afforded the felicity of witnessing Myrtle and Estrada plight their troth, and leave for the mission chapel to be married. Still they are charitable, for before they leave they place in Gus' mouth a cigarette and light it for him that his hours of bondage might not hang heavy. Off they go to the mission where they are bound for life in holy marriage. Gus, meanwhile, has freed himself and rushing hack to the inn tells of the girl's ruse. As they look from the window they see Myrtle and Estrada leaving the priest and strolling down the road as the twilight bells of the Angelus toll. This awakens the boys to their better selves and they exclaim. "Let 'em go, Gus, the drinks are on you."
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1885
Charles West
BirthNovember 1885

Charles West

Charles West was born.
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