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Fanny Midgley

  • Nov 26, 1879 - Jan 04, 1932 (age 52)
  • 5' 5" (1.64 m)
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Fanny Midgley passed away.
1931
An American Tragedy
MovieAug 5, 1931

An American Tragedy

Having just reached adulthood, Clyde Griffiths has always …
Having just reached adulthood, Clyde Griffiths has always lamented his lot in life, he the only son of poor missionaries. He has gotten a peripheral view of society life, to which he aspires, in his work as a bellhop at an upscale hotel. If being truthful to himself, he would admit that he lacks moral strength, he often taking the easiest but perhaps not the most ethical path to protect himself. Forced to move from place to place out of circumstance, he ends up in Lycurgus, New York working at the Samuel Griffiths Collar and Shirt factory, Samuel Griffiths his paternal uncle. Not knowing his uncle or his family, Clyde only wants a chance to get ahead, not expecting anything else from his wealthy relations. After an apprenticeship, Clyde ends up as the foreman in the stamping department. Despite a company rule forbidding foremen to fraternize with staff, especially those working in the same department, Clyde begins an affair, a clandestine one out of necessity, with Roberta Alden, who works in the stamping department under him. Their love is an obsessive one, made all the more powerful due to its clandestine nature. That changes for Clyde when he meets, through his wealthy relations, society maiden Sondra Finchley, the two who immediately fall in love with each other. The extra draw of Sondra over Bert is Sondra's standing in society. By this time, Bert informs him that she is pregnant with his child, she pressuring him to do right by her in getting married. Wanting to be with Sondra instead, Clyde contemplates murdering Bert by drowning her in a lake, he knowing that she doesn't know how to swim. Although Clyde is ultimately unable to commit this act of murder and will do right in marrying Bert, he, due to that lack of moral strength, nonetheless is caught in a resulting tragic situation for all involved.
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1930
The Poor Millionaire
MovieApr 7, 1930

The Poor Millionaire

A young millionaire's life is turned upside down when his twin …
A young millionaire's life is turned upside down when his twin brother, an escaped convict, begins to impersonate him.
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1929
Behind Closed Doors
MovieFeb 24, 1929

Behind Closed Doors

Behind the doors of a foreign-government's embassy in …
Behind the doors of a foreign-government's embassy in Washington D. C. a group of royal loyalists are attempting to raise funds to aid a counter-revolution and restore the deposed emperor in a new republic. They are led by an unknown leader called 'The Eagle."
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1928
Naughty Baby
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MovieDec 16, 1928

Naughty Baby

A cloak room girl (Alice White) falls for a rich boy who may not …
A cloak room girl (Alice White) falls for a rich boy who may not actually be rich.
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1927
The Harvester
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MovieNov 7, 1927

The Harvester

The Harvester is a 1927 American silent comedy film directed …
The Harvester is a 1927 American silent comedy film directed by James Leo Meehan and starring Orville Caldwell, Natalie Kingston and Will Walling. It is an adaptation of the 1911 novel of the same name by Gene Stratton-Porter, which was later remade as a sound film in 1936.
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1926
Hair-Trigger Baxter
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MovieSep 1, 1926

Hair-Trigger Baxter

A rancher helps a pretty young girl and her brother fight off their …
A rancher helps a pretty young girl and her brother fight off their stepfather, who is trying to take over their ranch, and in addition helps his father battle a gang of rustlers stealing cattle from his ranch.
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The Fighting Cheat
MovieFeb 11, 1926

The Fighting Cheat

The Fighting Cheat is a 1926 American silent film western. …
The Fighting Cheat is a 1926 American silent film western. Directed by Richard Thorpe, the film stars Hal Taliaferro, Jean Arthur, and Ted Rackerby. It was released on February 11, 1926.
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The Feud
MovieJan 31, 1926

The Feud

The Feud released.
1925
Some Pun'kins
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MovieSep 29, 1925

Some Pun'kins

Some Pun'kins is a 1925 American silent comedy film directed …
Some Pun'kins is a 1925 American silent comedy film directed by Jerome Storm and starring Charles Ray, Duane Thompson and George Fawcett. It is also known by the alternative title of The Farmer's Boy.
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Marry Me
MovieJun 29, 1925

Marry Me

Pretty schoolteacher Hetty Gandy,, visits a chicken farm and falls …
Pretty schoolteacher Hetty Gandy,, visits a chicken farm and falls in love with John Smith, who soon proposes marriage to her. Before she can give her consent, she is called away, leaving ...
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The Bridge of Sighs
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MovieJan 1, 1925

The Bridge of Sighs

The spoiled, arrogant and slow-witted son of a wealthy …
The spoiled, arrogant and slow-witted son of a wealthy businessman falls in love with the daughter of his father's business manager.
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1923
Stephen Steps Out
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MovieNov 18, 1923

Stephen Steps Out

Stephen Steps Out is a lost 1923 American silent comedy film …
Stephen Steps Out is a lost 1923 American silent comedy film that is notable as being the first starring role for the still teenaged Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.. Directed by Joseph Henabery, it was based on a short story by Richard Harding Davis, "The Grand Cross of the Desert." This is a lost film.
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1922
The Young Rajah
MovieNov 12, 1922

The Young Rajah

A young man raised in the American South discovers he …
A young man raised in the American South discovers he is an Indian prince whose throne was taken by usurpers.
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Through a Glass Window
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MovieApr 2, 1922

Through a Glass Window

Through a Glass Window is …
Through a Glass Window is a 1922 American drama silent film directed by Maurice Campbell, written by Olga Printzlau, and starring May McAvoy, Fanny Midgley, Burwell Hamrick, Raymond McKee, F. A. Turner, and Carrie Clark Ward. It was released on April 2, 1922, by Paramount Pictures.
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1921
Don't Call Me Little Girl
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MovieJun 1, 1921

Don't Call Me Little Girl

Joan Doubleday is a shy …
Joan Doubleday is a shy spinster, who has been engaged to Monty Wade for 12 years, is secretly adored by Peter Flagg. Her young niece, Jerry, arrives and sets out to capture Monty. On the wedding day, Jerry announces that the grooms have exchanged places and that Peter will marry Joan. A quarrel prevents preparations for the wedding, but Jerry finally convinces Joan that she was meant for Peter.
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All Soul's Eve
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MovieFeb 20, 1921

All Soul's Eve

Sculptor Roger Heath realizes his new maid is possessed by …
Sculptor Roger Heath realizes his new maid is possessed by the soul of his departed wife.
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1919
The Lottery Man
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MovieSep 28, 1919

The Lottery Man

Young Jack Wright offers his hand in marriage to the winner of a …
Young Jack Wright offers his hand in marriage to the winner of a lottery, but after committing to the winner falls in love with another woman.
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The Heart of Youth
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MovieAug 24, 1919

The Heart of Youth

The Heart of Youth is a lost 1919 American silent comedy film …
The Heart of Youth is a lost 1919 American silent comedy film directed by Robert G. Vignola and written by Beulah Marie Dix. The film stars Lila Lee, Tom Forman, Buster Irving, Charles Ogle, Fanny Midgley, Guy Oliver, and Lydia Knott. The film was released on August 24, 1919, by Paramount Pictures.
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1918
The Goat
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MovieSep 29, 1918

The Goat

Chuck McCarthy is a stunt double for movie actor Marmaduke …
Chuck McCarthy is a stunt double for movie actor Marmaduke X. Caruthers, and as such suffers all the indignities and injuries that the public thinks are being overcome by Caruthers. Chuck is in love with Marmaduke's leading lady , but even there it seems that Chuck must watch as Marmaduke takes the prize rightfully should be Chuck's.
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How Could You, Jean?
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MovieJun 20, 1918

How Could You, Jean?

How Could You, Jean? is a 1918 American silent comedy …
How Could You, Jean? is a 1918 American silent comedy-drama film, starring Mary Pickford, directed by William Desmond Taylor, and based on a novel by Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd. Casson Ferguson was the male lead; Spottiswoode Aitken and a young ZaSu Pitts had supporting roles.
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Cheating the Public
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MovieJan 20, 1918

Cheating the Public

Cheating the Public released.
1916
Jim Grimsby's Boy
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MovieNov 12, 1916

Jim Grimsby's Boy

After his wife dies in childbirth, mountaineer Jim Grimsby …
After his wife dies in childbirth, mountaineer Jim Grimsby names his newborn daughter Bill, and raises her as a boy. Remaining a boy in name only, however, Bill soon wants to style her hair and wear the latest fashions. She soon develops a crush on the new sheriff, Waldo Whittier. Appalled at the prospect of his "son" marrying Waldo, Jim decides to test the sheriff's grit, and so, believing that Waldo will be too frightened to come after him, he robs a casino. The sheriff does pursue, however, and, further impressing Jim, Bill pulls a rifle on Waldo to protect her father. Now certain of the sheriff's manliness, and convinced that his daughter has not forgotten how to act like a man, Jim returns the casino's money and agrees to let Bill and Waldo continue their courtship.
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Somewhere in France
MovieOct 29, 1916

Somewhere in France

Marie Chaumontel, a spy for the Germans during World War I, …
Marie Chaumontel, a spy for the Germans during World War I, vamps her way through the French high command, accumulating state secrets as she discards lovers. Captain Henry Ravignac commits ...
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The Apostle of Vengeance
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MovieJun 25, 1916

The Apostle of Vengeance

A minister who was raised in …
A minister who was raised in the Kentucky hills returns home from preaching in Vermont to try to end a generations-long feud between his family and another, the McCoys. His family wants nothing to do with any kind of truce, and throws him out. He moves into a small shack in the mountains, and continues his preaching of non-violence and peaceful co-existence. However, when he is forced to rescue his sister from the clutches of one of the McCoy men, he finds his philosophy put to the test.
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1915
The Man from Oregon
MovieSep 16, 1915

The Man from Oregon

The Man from Oregon released.
The Promoter
MovieAug 5, 1915

The Promoter

The Promoter released.
The Ruse
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MovieJul 14, 1915

The Ruse

"Bat" Peters, reformed gunfighter turned prospector, travels to …
"Bat" Peters, reformed gunfighter turned prospector, travels to Chicago to collect on a business deal with a mine promoter who turns out to be crooked.
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The Artist's Model
MovieApr 22, 1915

The Artist's Model

The Artist's Model released.
The Phantom of the Hearth
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MovieMar 19, 1915

The Phantom of the Hearth

The Phantom of the Hearth released.
In the Warden's Garden
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MovieMar 4, 1915

In the Warden's Garden

Jim Haley, an ex-crook, …
Jim Haley, an ex-crook, unable to get work, cannot support his wife and child, Thelma. Jim runs across Shifty Anderson, a crook stool pigeon for the police, and Shifty persuades Jim to return to his old trade and burglarize a residence that Shifty has picked out. Jim consents, since it is a case of life or death for his wife. Shifty tips off the police and Jim is pinched and caught with the goods and sentenced to the penitentiary for ten years. Jim's wife dies, leaving Thelma a dependent child. Unable to support Thelma, a kindly neighbor woman takes the child to an orphan asylum. Jim is heartbroken and swears to kill Shifty for his treachery if fate ever throws him in his path. The warden of the penitentiary to which Jim is sent and his wife have lost a child by death and they resolve to adopt another to raise. They visit the orphanage and adopt Jim's child, not knowing that she is the daughter of a convict. Shifty gets in bad and is sent to the same prison where Jim is. Jim sees Shifty one noon in the prison mess room and tries to kill him but guards prevent him. Shortly afterward word reaches the warden of an attempted prison outbreak. The warden searches for the ring leaders to punish them. Shifty tells him that Jim is one of the ring leaders, though Jim is innocent. The warden throws Jim into the prison dungeon and laces him in the "jacket," a terrible instrument of torture, to make him confess and betray his fellow-companions in the plot. The following morning Jim escapes from the jacket and by impersonating the guard he has overpowered, escapes from the prison, though wounded in his getaway. The hunt for the fugitive has no more than started when the real outbreak occurs within the walls. Shifty joins the mutineers and is shot down by a guard. Jim gets away from the prison and takes refuge in the warden's garden, unaware of where he is. Thelma, playing in the garden, finds Jim unconscious and revives him. Jim recognizes her as his own child. She aids Jim to escape. He tells her before he leaves that her Daddy will come back for her some day.
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In the Tennessee Hills
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MovieFeb 12, 1915

In the Tennessee Hills

Jim Carson, a young …
Jim Carson, a young Tennessee mountaineer, and Millie James, a mountain girl, are worried over the condition of Jim's mother. Millie nurses her tenderly. Jim's worry is increased by a note which he has received from John Calhoun, a miserly landowner, stating that, unless he pays the overdue rent on the shack which they occupy, that Jim will be evicted. Realizing that terrible shock would be dangerous to his mother, Jim goes out and attempts to borrow the money. He meets with no success. Meanwhile, Calhoun, accompanied by two deputies and his overseer, Ned Simms, goes the rounds of the cabins to collect his rent. He arrives at Jim's cabin. Jim being absent upon his mission, Millie states that they have not the rent, whereupon Calhoun orders them evicted and the men at his command place the dying woman out on the roadside on a mattress, also throwing their scant furniture into the roadway. The shock of the eviction kills the mother, Calhoun goes on his way. Jim arrives at the cabin and learns of the eviction and the death of his mother. Shortly afterwards he leaves to wreak his vengeance upon Calhoun. The mountaineers carry the dead woman into the cabin and restore the furniture to its original position. Jim Carson, by a short cut, waylays Calhoun, shoots at him and kills his horse. In a desperate struggle between the two men, Calhoun's revolver is accidentally discharged and Calhoun is killed. The body is discovered and Ned Simms and a posse set out upon the trail of Carson. He is captured, placed on a horse under a tree with a rope about his neck and left there, Simms knowing that at sunset the horse will return to the stable, leaving Carson to hang. Simms returns to the cabin of Carson and finds Millie there and taunts her with Jim's fate. The mountaineer whose horse Jim borrowed his already arrived on the scene. He hears the argument in the shack, goes to the window and covers Simms with his own rifle. Millie leaves on horseback and rescues Jim. She liberates him and at her request Jim rides towards the North, where Millie promises to join him after burying his mother.
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The Gun Fighter
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MovieJan 27, 1915

The Gun Fighter

Tucson, a gun fighter, is the terror of the town. Rhita, the gun …
Tucson, a gun fighter, is the terror of the town. Rhita, the gun fighter's girl, is extremely fond of their baby, whom Tucson detests and considers an unwelcome intrusion. Tucson commands Rhita to get rid of the baby, and she, afraid to disobey him, leaves it on the bank of a stream, where it is found by Ada Lawson. Ada takes the baby home and she and her husband become very fond of it. The Lawsons are homesteaders and decide to settle on grazing ground just outside the village. They establish themselves and soon afterward are ordered by Santro, a Mexican rancher, to vacate. Lawson refuses to do so and Santro hires Tucson to kill him. Tucson horsewhips Lawson in the village store and orders him never again to enter the village. A few weeks later, however, exhausted supplies make it imperative that Lawson return to town. Tucson is informed of Lawson's presence in town and prepares to carry out his agreement with Santro. Rhita, determined that her baby shall not be deprived of a good man's care, resolves to sacrifice the gun fighter. She fastens his pistol in its holster by means of a rawhide thong, thus making it impossible for Tucson to draw his gun. Tucson proceeds to the village store, where he confronts Lawson. Lawson pulls his gun and shoots Tucson, who is unable to draw his gun.
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The Italian
MovieJan 1, 1915

The Italian

An immigrant leaves his sweetheart in Italy to find a better life …
An immigrant leaves his sweetheart in Italy to find a better life across the sea in the grimy slums of New York. They are eventually reunited and marry. But life in New York is hard and ...
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1914
The Mills of the Gods
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MovieNov 26, 1914

The Mills of the Gods

Spiegel, an old miser, lets his …
Spiegel, an old miser, lets his wife die from want of proper medical care. The Vardels, neighbors, adopt the girl, Mildred, and shortly afterward move to another village, where Vardel runs a mill with his son, Conrad, who is in love with Mildred. Cyril, the son, remains with his father and turns out to be a gambler and drunkard. When Vardel writes for an extension of time on his note, Spiegel recalls the girl and determines to bring her back with him. He goes to visit the Vardels with Cyril and offers Mildred every luxury if she will return to him, but she refuses. Angered, he goes to the mill to collect the money. Unknowingly, Vardel drops a piece of money, which Spiegel hides to return for it that night. Cyril knowing that his father carries his money with him, and being out of funds, follows Spiegel to the mill, where they struggle, and Spiegel falls, striking his head. Cyril, thinking him dead, takes the money and throws him into the basin, where he is discovered the next morning by Vardel. after he has started the wheel. The rescued Spiegel regains consciousness long enough to bequeath his wealth to Mildred.
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The Cross in the Desert
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MovieNov 25, 1914

The Cross in the Desert

Sam Higgins, a grocery …
Sam Higgins, a grocery clerk, sends his invalid wife, her mother and baby to Arizona for his wife's health. The cottage rented by them is owned by John Hecker, a railroad superintendent. They cannot pay the rent. Hecker tells them they must pay or get out. They write to Sam, asking him to come on and get a job there and take care of them. The husband is unable to go for want of money. Big Jim Dougherty, king of the hobos, drifts into the store, tells Sam how he can reach Arizona by freight and gives him signs so that the hobos on the road will help him. Sam leaves about a month later, but owing to an order issued by the superintendent whereby all hobos are ordered thrown from all trains, Sam is thrown off by a brakeman on the desert. Dougherty and the other tramps find him and bury him, placing a cross to mark the grave. Hecker is called out to fix a broken block signal and leaves for the scene on a handcar with a couple of men. The bum and Dougherty catch Hecker, dress him in Dougherty's clothes and send him to the railroad yards to try and get a ride under the new order. Hecker undertakes to do this and receives a dose of his own medicine; he is thrown off the train and later is found clinging to the cross erected by Dougherty. Dougherty finds a wad of money in Hecker's clothes. He goes to the home of the wife and throws the bills to the baby who is playing on the floor, with a note stating that the money will do them more good than the owner, and leaves. He later finds the skeleton of the superintendent clinging to the cross, a note pinned on it stating that if he had done to others as he would have them do to him he would not have died alone in the desert.
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The Golden Goose
MovieOct 28, 1914

The Golden Goose

Mrs. Colby, widow of a poor Arizona ranchman, her son, …
Mrs. Colby, widow of a poor Arizona ranchman, her son, Tom, and baby daughter Edith, live on a poor ranch. Edith reads a great many fairy tales and believes in fairies. One day while she is reading in the garden she indulges in incantations and follows instructions in the Fairy Tale book, asking the good fairy to appear to her. Ruth Hart, daughter of the settlement banker, wanders into the garden and hears the child. She decides to play the Fairy for the little girl, and tells her she will grant her wish if it be good. Edith tells her how poor they are and wishes for a goose that will lay golden eggs. Ruth and Tom paint a goose and some eggs with gold paint and place same by the well, where Edith finds them. The crops on the ranch fail and Banker Hart ejects the Colbys on the advice of his cashier, who wants to marry Ruth, and who tells Mr. Hart that Tom Colby is after Ruth for her money. Tom and his mother and Edith go into the hills, where Tom searches for gold. They are without food and have to kill the golden goose. In cleaning it Mrs. Colby finds what appears to be grains of gold in the gall of the goose. Tom goes to the place where the goose has been feeding and locates a rich strike. In the meantime Ruth discovers that Paul Goelet, the cashier, has lied to her father regarding Tom Colby, and insists upon his dismissal. Goelet. in revenge, starts a run on the bank. Tom happens along, stakes his golden Goose Mine against the integrity of the bank and thus averts disaster. Mr. Hart, recognizing Tom's worth, consents to his marriage with Ruth.
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The Sheriff of Muscatine
MovieOct 9, 1914

The Sheriff of Muscatine

Bill Eagan, a young bandit, …
Bill Eagan, a young bandit, holds up the stage coach and robs the passengers of all their valuables. A reward of $500 is offered for Bill, dead or alive. Shortly after the hold-up, Bill calls at the Muscatine Post Office for a letter which is advertised for him. Bill covers the postmaster with his pistol and the letter is delivered to him. Bill then starts back to the hills and is pursued by the sheriff and his posse. He is captured and is about to be lynched when he asks as a last request that the sheriff read to him the letter he has just received from the Muscatine Post Office. The sheriff complies with Bill's request. The letter, which is from Bill's mother, says she is coming to see him. Just then the stage drives in and Bill's mother is one of the passengers. She sees Bill and hurries to him with outstretched arms. The sheriff pities her, as she is a sweet-faced woman. He tells the mother that Bill has just been made sheriff of the town, and pins his own badge on Bill. Bill's mother thanks the sheriff and the villagers. She is then shown to the best room in the hotel, with Bill in the room next her. After the sheriff and villagers leave Bill and his mother, the mother takes off her wig and make-up and proves to be Bill's pal, a young cowgirl. That night she and Bill escape from the hotel and rob the bank and the post office. They get away. The next morning the sheriff discovers how he has been tricked by Bill.
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The Boss of the 8th
MovieOct 7, 1914

The Boss of the 8th

"Shorty" Cline collects graft from saloons and gambling …
"Shorty" Cline collects graft from saloons and gambling resorts in the tenderloin for the political boss of the eighth ward, "Big Steve" Cassidy. On one occasion he rescues Molly Norton's stolen purse from "Buck" Hogan, leader of an East Side gang, thus incurring the gangster's enmity. When Cline leaves Cassidy's employ, determined to live honestly in the hope of someday winning Molly for his wife, Hogan and Cassidy frame up a plot and manage to get Cline sentenced to prison for three years. During a mutiny among the convicts, he saves the life of one of the prison guards, for which he is reprieved. He returns to New York. Cassidy soon after succumbs to heart disease, and '"Shorty" and Molly are married.
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The Curse of Humanity
MovieJul 9, 1914

The Curse of Humanity

Realizing that his father, …
Realizing that his father, John Collins, who is a big department store owner, will object to his marrying Mary Eyton, a shop girl, Roger Collins secretly marries her. He receives a note from Mary telling him that in order to save her good name, the marriage must be made known. Roger confides his secret to his mother who visits Mary. Perceiving that the girl is good and worthy of her son, the mother advises Roger to stick to her, but the father, who has other plans for his son, and after he has failed to buy Mary's silence, turns Roger out. Roger, untrained to any kind of labor, loses position after position and drinks to drown his sorrow, leaving Mary to earn a few pennies by sewing. Several years later on Christmas eve, Mrs. Collins is grieving for her lost son. She receives a letter from the detective agency which she has employed to locate her son, telling her that they are unable to find a trace of him. Mrs. Collins takes the matter in her own hands and, hoping to learn something of Roger, searches the streets of the East Side. She finds a poor little barefoot girl standing before a toy shop window. The child tells her in reply to Mrs. Collins' question that her mother is unable to buy her shoes because her daddy takes all the money for drink. With the spirit of Christmas in her heart, Mrs. Collins buys the child toys and takes her to her poverty-stricken home, only to find that the child is her own grandchild. Roger returns to the house, looks through the window, sees his baby at her prayers and hears her ask God to send her a new daddy who does not drink. He resolves to be a better man, and a reconciliation takes place on Christmas morning in Roger's humble home.
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The Latent Spark
MovieJun 4, 1914

The Latent Spark

Everybody wondered why Tom Loomis wasn't like his father. …
Everybody wondered why Tom Loomis wasn't like his father. Adam Loomis had been a member of the Cedarville Fire Department for years, but when Tom had the honor of being elected to that distinguished body, he refused to accept. It was suspected that Tom's mother hadn't exactly urged him to join. Now, Anne Hull had more spirit. At the humiliating news of her fiancé's cowardice, she had thrown him over for Bud Lodge. One dreadfully dark, windy night, the Hull's house got afire. Mrs. Hull escaped, but Anne was entrapped in her room. Before the fire department could get into their new uniforms, Tom Loomis had rushed in through the smoke and flame, and saved the girl. Everybody wondered then how Tom ever came through alive. He was frightfully burned, and the fire department went in a body to the hospital and presented him with a cup. Bud Lodge was forced to retire from Anne's favor, and fire bells were succeeded by wedding bells before the year was up.
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Shorty Escapes Marriage
MovieApr 29, 1914

Shorty Escapes Marriage

While Shorty is out looking …
While Shorty is out looking for cattle thieves his horse stumbles and falls, and Shorty is thrown and injured. He is captured by a bunch of Mexican rebel soldiers and put in jail. He is seen by Anita, a beautiful Spanish girl, whom he sends to notify Bud Simms, the ranch owner. Anita has taken a great fancy to Shorty and breaks the rules by taking food to him. In the meantime an important letter has come to the ranch for Shorty. The boys open it and find that Shorty has been left a fortune on condition that he marry a certain woman within two weeks. The boys conceive the plan of marrying Shorty to the lady, who is on her way to the ranch, by proxy. Nell Holden, the lady in question, who is rather a pretty girl, fearing that she may not like the looks of Shorty, disguises herself as an ugly old maid so that Shorty will refuse to marry her. The proxy is Tom Crowne, a very handsome young cowboy, who falls in love with Nell, when he sees her with the disguise removed. Nell plans with the sheriff, who is also the magistrate, to insert Tom Crowne's name in the marriage license instead of Shorty's so that Tom becomes her legal husband instead of only by proxy. Anita notifies Simms of Shorty's whereabouts and the cowboys rescue him. Shorty is very much surprised to find on his return that he has been married by proxy, but is no more surprised than Tom Crowne when he finds that instead of being Nell's husband by proxy, he is really her legal husband.
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Thieves
MovieApr 16, 1914

Thieves

Richard Barr who lives in the suburbs of New York, and …
Richard Barr who lives in the suburbs of New York, and John Colville, honest directors in a dishonestly managed corporation, are fighting to save their own investments, and those of small individual stockholders from ruin. They are holding a very important meeting which runs far into the night. Barr is called to the telephone by his wife, who has only time to tell him that burglars have entered the house, when the wires are cut. Barr is frantic at the thought of his wife's peril, but is loath to leave the meeting, knowing that the dishonest directors will put through their election if left alone. He explains the situation to them and leaves, making a quick dash in his car to his home to find his wife and boy bound and gagged. The burglars are captured as they are making a getaway. The wife explains that she saw the burglars enter the back door and quickly telephoned to him, but that the wires must have been cut and that Billy had held the burglars at bay for a short while with a revolver he had taken from her bureau, and when she realized where the child had gone the thought of her child's danger gave her courage and she attempted to save the child. Colville held the directors from voting at the point of a revolver, which proved later to be empty. His bluff went through and Barr reached the office in time to put the election through as he wanted it.
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Shorty's Sacrifice
MovieApr 8, 1914

Shorty's Sacrifice

Shorty starts for Arizona with the hope of finding work so that …
Shorty starts for Arizona with the hope of finding work so that he may be able to send for his mother, who is suffering with a cough. He is unable to pay his fare on a freight train, so he sneaks into the caboose and hides in the wood box. A lot of tramps, who are stealing a ride, when told by the brakeman to move on, attack him and throw him out of the moving box car and then attempt to man the train. Shorty helps the train crew and when the tramps are brought before the magistrate at the next town. Shorty is given work by Tom Simms, a ranch owner, while the ringleader of the tramps is given a long sentence by Ned Dorne, justice of the peace. Shorty is soon made foreman. In some unknown way the barns in which Simms has his crops stored take fire, burning up everything. Ned Dorne, who is a rival for Ethel Somners, the new school teacher, holds a note against Simms and sees a good chance to ruin him. Ned Dorne demands immediate payment and they quarrel. The tramp responsible for the attack on the train serves his time and is released and ordered out of town. He sees Dorne riding alone and decides that this is his chance to get even. He attacks him, kills him and is wounded in the struggle. Simms is accused of the crime, but Shorty writes a note to the sheriff, telling him that he did it. Shorty finds the tramp dying, obtains a confession from him, just as the sheriff and posse arrive to arrest him. Simms is exonerated and Shorty's mother arrives just as he returns to the ranch, a free man.
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The Path of Genius
MovieMar 6, 1914

The Path of Genius

John Ruskin, an unknown artist, penniless, tramping over …
John Ruskin, an unknown artist, penniless, tramping over England, stops at a tavern and tells the innkeeper that he will paint him a new sign for his tavern if he, will give him something to eat. Ruskin meets the innkeeper's daughter and falls in love with her, but the father drives him away. Later, the old man dies and the girl and her mother are turned from the tavern by the old man's creditors. They go to the city, taking the sign painted by Ruskin, who is now a well-known and successful artist. Mildred takes the painting to an old art dealer, who recognizes the signature of Ruskin. He obtains the girl's address, and takes the painting to Ruskin to ask him if it is an original. Ruskin, who has been longing for Mildred, pays the art dealer for the painting and asks for Mildred's address. Mildred is surprised and pleased to find that he has not forgotten her, but is more surprised to learn that he wishes to marry one in her station in life.
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The Tale of a Shirt
MovieJan 4, 1914

The Tale of a Shirt

Baron Nuisance accompanied by his valet, Bud Duncan, arrive …
Baron Nuisance accompanied by his valet, Bud Duncan, arrive at the hotel, where they are given the best suite in the place. The baron, preferring the air rather than stopping in a close room, soon decides to go out for his afternoon walk, leaving Bud in charge of the suite. Bud, on the other hand, does love to be quiet, so naturally becomes riled when the nice looking maid calls with more linen prior to her leaving for the afternoon. During the afternoon the baron meets what he thinks is a society girl, but later proves to be the chambermaid. When time comes for the parting, he insists on taking his friend home, but she declines his request and the only consolation he can get is her name and address, which he writes on his cuff. The baron arrives home very tired from the afternoon's excitement; his valet is awaiting him. He is put to bed to await his evening engagement, but while he sleeps his valet sends his laundry away, including the shirt with the girl's address on the cuff. When the baron finds the address and the shirt gone, he and his valet start in a hurried chase for the shirt. They first come to a laundry wagon, which they put to shame. Finding nothing but soiled linen they go to a near-by Chinese laundry and cannot make the Chinaman understand their wants, so they proceed to hunt on their own accord. During the excitement the Chinamen are given a rough deal. They call in the police force, who meet with many accidents while the baron and Bud are wrecking the laundry. Finally the police force get on the job, but just at the same time the baron and Fred have run out of ammunition, so they resort to some starch buckets which the police receive in the face. In the battle the baron is hit in the eye with his own shirt, which he quickly notices. He and Bud soon desert the place for the address on the cuff. The cops give chase. The boys think they can get free by crawling up under a bridge spanning the river and beat the cops to the other side: but the cops find a short way over and decide to meet them half way. They do and there comes the downfall. The boys hide behind the posts and as the cops pass they push them out. After all the cops have fallen Bud and the baron are looking on with amusement, when they lose their balance and join the others, where they are taken captives.
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1913
Honor Thy Mother
MovieMar 20, 1913

Honor Thy Mother

Mr. Hepburn's home is a house divided against itself. On the …
Mr. Hepburn's home is a house divided against itself. On the one side he and his son, David, the only child by his first wife; on the other, his present wife and their son, Phil. David receives all the harsh treatment of a step-child, in spite of which, he is the better young man of the two. He courts and wins the consent of the pretty Doris to become his wife. Mr. Hepburn dies and David opens the letter his father had given him several days before: "My son David; Your mother, my first wife, and myself were divorced. Before she died she left you in my care, her estate which she had acquired in a way not approved by society. The will is in my desk. Your Father." David rushes to the desk, takes the will, and to protect his dead mother's honor, burns it, in doing which he is seen by his stepmother who accuses him of trying to defraud his step-brother. Rather than reveal the truth, he surrenders his rights and when confronted by his sweetheart even lets her think him dishonest. David leaves the house of his boyhood forever, and obtains work in a neighboring fishing town, but the worry and longing soon break down his health. He suffers a sun stroke and, feeling his end near, sends for Doris in order to bid her farewell. She comes, only to see the last spark of life fade from his body. In his hand is the crumpled note from his father. Doris reads, and then burns it, the only one to have learned the truth. She is heartbroken at her recent unbelief.
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Tempest Tossed
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MovieJan 2, 1913

Tempest Tossed

All during the night a storm raged furiously, but day dawned …
All during the night a storm raged furiously, but day dawned beautifully. Tom, a young fisherman, discovers on the beach of the little island evidences of a wreck, and then the limp, unconscious form of a sweet young woman, bound to a piece of the wreckage. Tom lifts her gently and takes her to the humble cottage where he and his mother live alone. With their care Ruth soon again regains health, but the terrible ordeal through which she has gone results in the complete loss of memory of the past. However, Tom loves her, and she, too, has the same passion for him. They marry, and the little household becomes a haven of happiness, until a launch party of sight-seekers stops at the little fishing island for luncheon. One of the strangers approaches Ruth and is promptly knocked down by Tom for it, but not until Ruth has recognized and remembered, and in her horror she staggers into the shack. The sight of the strange face was a shock sufficient to give back her memory of the past, memory of her marriage to a man who was not Tom, a marriage she had no memory of, and of a husband living whom she had forgotten. While she struggles with her secret, her misery and her memory, he comes, her husband, the stranger, declaring his identity and demanding her, his wife. Ruth comes from her room and reveals to him the too unhappy truth of the stranger's claims. The launch is waiting. Ruth is forced to go away from a happiness she had never before known, he gives Tom back the wedding ring, which he kisses and places on his own finger. Then he watches the fast-disappearing motorboat which takes away from him all that he held dear in life.
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1912
The Castaway
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MovieDec 12, 1912

The Castaway

Mr. Mason adopts Robert, son of his former partner, and rears …
Mr. Mason adopts Robert, son of his former partner, and rears him as his son. Later Mason marries and has a daughter Stella. On Robert's twenty-first birthday Mr. and Mrs. Mason tell him that he is but an adopted son and that the little five-year-old Stella is the real heiress to their estate. Robert becomes furiously jealous. He wanders to the beach and little Stella follows him. Here an idea comes to him. He puts Stella in a boat and casts her adrift. All night long the anxious parents search for their dear one, but in vain, and Robert denies any knowledge as to her whereabouts. Far, far from home, Stella is picked up by some kindly fishermen, who adopt her and rear her to girlhood. The only mark of identification on her is a birthmark on her neck. At her benefactor's death she goes forth to earn her living. Her father has died in the interval and Robert, as the prospective heir, is managing the estate for his mother. Through an advertisement Stella secures a position as a companion in her own mother's house. Arthur, the foreman of the estate, falls in love with Stella and she with him. Robert, too, is smitten with her beauty and tries to act the libertine, much to her annoyance. It is while Stella is bathing in the surf that that Mrs. Mason recognizes the unmistakable birthmark and claims her joyfully as her long-lost child. Robert is indeed discomfited at this unexpected turn of affairs and tries to get Stella to marry him. But she declares her love for Arthur, whereupon Robert discharges the foreman. Mrs. Mason, however, on hearing the true facts of Robert's character from Stella, sternly orders him from the house and reinstates Arthur to his position. Even more, by a look and smile she signifies her comprehension of the amorous situation and graciously gives her consent.
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1911
The Immortal Alamo
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MovieMay 25, 1911

The Immortal Alamo

About 1722, Spain, in her command of Texas (named …
About 1722, Spain, in her command of Texas (named from a confederation of Indians, who called themselves Tejas), established the Franciscan mission of San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo). Around this mission was built the pueblo (village) and presidio (barracks), which formed the nucleus of the present city of San Antonio. In 1824 Texas withdrew from Mexico and formed a separate republic, and the Mexican general Santa Anna, the self-styled Napoleon of the West, was sent to force her back into allegiance. At San Antonio in 1836 Col William B. Travis was in command of the fort. With him was Col. William Bowie, David Crockett, Lieut. Dickenson and a small force. He received word that Santa Anna, at the head of a Mexican army of several thousand, was advancing to take the city. Travis dispatched a message to Gen. Sam Houston for aid, sending Lieut. Dickenson and taking his force of 140 men and women of the city, among whom was Dickenson's wife, Lucy; he retired to the Alamo. On February 23, Santa Anna sent a message to surrender, and upon the brave refusal of Travis, he attacked the place. Travis held the Alamo until March 6, 1836, his little force constantly diminishing. On that day, when all seemed lost, Travis drew a line with his sword down the center of the room and asked all who would die with him to cross to his side. All crossed save one, Rose, who announced his determination to try to escape. He succeeded in leaving the building but was never heard from again. A breach was made in the wall by the cannon of Santa Anna, and the Mexicans entered to find all the men dead except Travis and four companions. These were immediately slaughtered on the spot, and Lucy Dickenson, with two other women and three children, were all to leave the Alamo alive.
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1879
BirthNovember 1879

Fanny Midgley

Fanny Midgley was born.
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