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American Actress

Lillian Gish

  • Oct 14, 1893 - Feb 27, 1993 (age 99)
  • 5' 5" (1.66 m)
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2017
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
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MovieOct 11, 2017

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Literary icon Joan Didion …
Literary icon Joan Didion reflects on her remarkable career and personal struggles in this intimate documentary directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne.
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2011
These Amazing Shadows
MovieJan 22, 2011

These Amazing Shadows

Tells the history and …
Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.
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1993
Lillian Gish
PersonalFebruary 1993

Lillian Gish

Lillian Gish passed away.
1988
Best Female Lead
Nomination1988

Best Female Lead

Nominated for "The Whales of August".
Independent Spirit Award
1987
The Whales of August
MovieAug 19, 1987

The Whales of August

Summer people in Maine: things are changing. Whales no …
Summer people in Maine: things are changing. Whales no longer pass close to the shore as they did during the youth of two elderly widowed sisters who have a seaside home where they've summered for 50 years. Libby is blind, contrary, and seemingly getting ready to die. Sarah is attentive to her sister, worried about continuing to care for her, and half interested in an old Russian aristocrat who fishes from their shore. It's the eve of Sarah's 46th wedding anniversary. The Russian offers some fish he's caught, Sarah invites him to dinner, and Libby gets her back up. Sarah wonders if it isn't time to sell the place and find a home for Libby. What alternatives do old people have?
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Best Actress
Award1987

Best Actress

Won award for "The Whales of August".
National Board of Review Award
1986
Sweet Liberty
MovieMay 14, 1986

Sweet Liberty

Michael has written a scholarly book on the revolutionary …
Michael has written a scholarly book on the revolutionary war. He has sold the movie rights. The arrival of the film crew seriously disrupts him as actors want to change their characters, directors want to re-stage battles, and he becomes very infatuated with Faith, who will play the female lead in the movie. At the same time, he is fighting with his crazy mother who thinks the Devil lives in her kitchen, and his girlfriend who is talking about commitment.
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1984
Hambone and Hillie
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MovieApr 24, 1984

Hambone and Hillie

Hambone and Hillie is a 1983 American film about a dog …
Hambone and Hillie is a 1983 American film about a dog (Hambone) separated from his owner (Hillie). The dog treks from New York to Los Angeles, meeting a host of helpers along the way. It was directed by Roy Watts, and starred Lillian Gish, Timothy Bottoms, Candy Clark, and O. J. Simpson.
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Award1984

AFI Life Achievement Award

Won AFI Life Achievement Award.
1983
Hobson's Choice
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MovieDec 21, 1983

Hobson's Choice

Hobson's Choice released.
1982
Award1982

Kennedy Center Honors

Won Kennedy Center Honors.
1981
Thin Ice
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MovieFeb 17, 1981

Thin Ice

A teacher falls in love with a student, and deals with the …
A teacher falls in love with a student, and deals with the reactions of the people around her.
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1978
A Wedding
MovieSep 13, 1978

A Wedding

Muffin's wedding to Dino Corelli is to be a big affair. Except the …
Muffin's wedding to Dino Corelli is to be a big affair. Except the aging priest isn't too sure of the ceremony, only the families actually turn up as the Corelli Italian connection is suspect, security guards watch the gifts rather over-zealously, and Dino's grandma expires in bed just as the reception starts. Could be quite an occasion.
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1970
Award1970

Academy Honorary Award

Won Academy Honorary Award.
1969
Arsenic and Old Lace
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MovieApr 2, 1969

Arsenic and Old Lace

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved …
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.
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1967
The Comedians
MovieOct 31, 1967

The Comedians

Set in the Haiti of "Papa Doc" Duvalier, this movie tells the …
Set in the Haiti of "Papa Doc" Duvalier, this movie tells the story of a sardonic Welsh hotel owner and his encroaching fatalism as he watches Haiti sink into barbarism and poverty. Complications include his inability to sell the hotel so he can leave, a friendship with a rebel leader, some politically "charged" hotel guests, an affair with the German-born wife of a South American ambassador, and the manipulations of a British arms dealer who's in over his head.
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Warning Shot
MovieJan 18, 1967

Warning Shot

A police sergeant kills a man who pulls a gun on him during a …
A police sergeant kills a man who pulls a gun on him during a stakeout. But the dead suspect is a respected doctor with no criminal record and the man's gun cannot be found, and the sergeant is charged with manslaughter. The sergeant works to clear his name and determine where the gun went and why the doctor was there at all.
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Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nomination1967

Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

Nominated for "The Comedians".
Golden Globe Award
1966
Follow Me, Boys!
MovieAug 24, 1966

Follow Me, Boys!

Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a dream of …
Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a dream of becoming a lawyer. Deciding to settle down, he finds a job as a stockboy in the general store of a small town. Trying to fit in, he volunteers to become scoutmaster of the newly formed Troop 1. Becoming more and more involved with the scout troop, he finds his plans to become a lawyer being put on the back burner, until he realizes that his life has been fulfilled helping the youth of the small town.
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1961
The Spiral Staircase
MovieOct 4, 1961

The Spiral Staircase

Based on the screenplay by Mel Dinelli, this story revolves …
Based on the screenplay by Mel Dinelli, this story revolves around Helen Warren, a beautiful mute girl, who becomes the target of a mysterious killer who preys on young handicapped women.
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1960
The Unforgiven
MovieApr 6, 1960

The Unforgiven

The local Kiowa tribe claims that young Rachel Zachary is not …
The local Kiowa tribe claims that young Rachel Zachary is not white, but a Native American stolen years before in a raid - a revelation that tears her family apart and leads to an all-out battle. Directed by John Huston.
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1955
The Night of the Hunter
MovieJul 26, 1955

The Night of the Hunter

Harry Powell marries and …
Harry Powell marries and murders widows for their money, believing he is helping God do away with women who arouse men's carnal instincts. Arrested for auto theft, he shares a cell with condemned killer Ben Harper and tries to get him to reveal the whereabouts of the $10,000 he stole. Only Ben's nine-year-old son, John and four-year-old daughter, Pearl know the money is in Pearl's doll and they have sworn to their father to keep this secret. After Ben is executed, Preacher goes to Cresap's Landing to court Ben's widow, Willa. He overwhelms her with his Scripture quoting, sermons and hymns, and she agrees to marry him. On their wedding night he tells her they will never have sex because it is sinful. When the depressed, confused, guilty woman catches him trying to force Pearl to reveal the whereabouts of the money, she is resigned to her fate but the children manage to escape downriver, with Preacher following close behind.
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The Cobweb
MovieJun 15, 1955

The Cobweb

At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are …
At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head, Dr. Stewart McIver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to design and make new drapes for the library. Mrs. Karen McIver, who is neglected by her hardworking husband (and a bit unbalanced herself), wants to make her mark on the clinic, so she orders new drapes. Miss Inch, the business manager, who has been with the clinic longer than anyone, sees this as an intrusion into her territory, and she too orders drapes. All this puts everyone in a dither, as they fight over drapes and clinic politics.
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1953
The Trip to Bountiful
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MovieMar 1, 1953

The Trip to Bountiful

The Trip to Bountiful is a TV …
The Trip to Bountiful is a TV movie directed by Vincent J. Donehue, premiered March 1, 1953 on NBC-TV, before being produced on the Broadway stage.
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1948
Portrait of Jennie
MovieDec 25, 1948

Portrait of Jennie

Eben Adams is a talented but struggling artist in …
Eben Adams is a talented but struggling artist in Depression era New York who has never been able to find inspiration for a painting. One day, after he finally finds someone to buy a painting from him, a pretty but odd young girl named Jennie Appleton appears and strikes up an unusual friendship with Eben.
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1946
Duel in the Sun
MovieDec 29, 1946

Duel in the Sun

When her father is hanged for shooting his wife and her …
When her father is hanged for shooting his wife and her lover, half-breed Pearl Chavez goes to live with distant relatives in Texas. Welcomed by Laura Belle and her elder lawyer son Jesse, she meets with hostility from the ranch-owner himself, wheelchair-bound Senator Jackson McCanles, and with lustful interest from womanising, unruly younger son Lewt. Almost at once, already existing family tensions are exacerbated by her presence and the way she is physically drawn to Lewt.
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Miss Susie Slagle's
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MovieFeb 6, 1946

Miss Susie Slagle's

Miss Susie Slagle's has opened her large home as a boarding …
Miss Susie Slagle's has opened her large home as a boarding house for medical students in Baltimore. The young men are encouraged by the compassionate Miss Susie as each struggles with the pressures of becoming doctors. One of her student boarders contracts diphtheria and dies, his loving fiancée, a student nurse bravely puts her grief aside to fulfill their dream of helping the poor in China. Finally the school year ends and Miss Susie wishes each of her boarders good success as she prepares once more to welcome a new group of eager young students.
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Best Supporting Actress
Nomination1946

Best Supporting Actress

Nominated for "Duel in the Sun".
Academy Award
1942
Commandos Strike at Dawn
MovieDec 30, 1942

Commandos Strike at Dawn

Commandos Strike at Dawn …
Commandos Strike at Dawn is a 1942 war film directed by John Farrow and written by Irwin Shaw from a short story entitled The Commandos by C.S. Forester that appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine in June 1942. Filmed in Canada, it starred Paul Muni, Anna Lee, Lillian Gish in her return to the screen, Cedric Hardwicke and Robert Coote.
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1933
His Double Life
MovieDec 15, 1933

His Double Life

Priam Farrel is a celebrated artist but a social recluse. When …
Priam Farrel is a celebrated artist but a social recluse. When his valet dies of a sudden illness, a mix-up leads to the body being identified as Farrel's. The timid artist then assumes the...
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1930
One Romantic Night
MovieMay 3, 1930

One Romantic Night

One Romantic Night is a 1930 American Pre-Code romantic …
One Romantic Night is a 1930 American Pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by Paul L. Stein. It is the first sound film version of Ferenc Molnár's play The Swan, and marked silent screen star Lillian Gish's talkie debut. She starred as Princess Alexandra, with Conrad Nagel as the tutor who falls in love with her, and Rod La Rocque as Crown Prince Albert. The film was only fairly successful, though Gish would go on to become as highly regarded in talking pictures as she had been in silent films.
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1928
The Wind
MovieSep 15, 1928

The Wind

Letty moves to West Texas from the East and it seems that …
Letty moves to West Texas from the East and it seems that the wind always blows and the sand gets everywhere. While living with relatives, she finds that she is not welcomed by the wife. With no where to go, she marries a man who disgusts her. Her new home is a small shack with the wind and the sand constant companions. When it is necessary for most of the men to go out into the sand storm, one stays back to have his way with Letty and that costs both of them.
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1927
The Enemy
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MovieDec 8, 1927

The Enemy

Carl Behrend, son of a wealthy businessman, marries Pauli …
Carl Behrend, son of a wealthy businessman, marries Pauli Arndt, daughter of a pacifist professor. When World War I breaks out, Carl is drafted. Pauli and her family and friends are left behind to experience the suffering which befell civilians during the war. Her luck worsens when her father is dismissed from his professorship for teaching that war is evil. Her father argues violently with Carl's father, and degradation and despair descend on Pauli and her family as they await Carl's return from the front.
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Annie Laurie
MovieMay 11, 1927

Annie Laurie

Annie Laurie is a 1927 American silent romantic drama film …
Annie Laurie is a 1927 American silent romantic drama film directed by John S. Robertson, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and starring Lillian Gish and Norman Kerry. This was the third film of Lillian Gish at MGM, and its poor box office returns marked a decline in the star's career. On a down note Gish stated that her mother became ill during the production of this film and that "...she only showed up for work" as opposed to putting her all into the film. John Wayne makes an early film appearance as a crowd extra.
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1926
The Scarlet Letter
MovieAug 9, 1926

The Scarlet Letter

In Puritan Boston, seamstress Hester Prynne is punished …
In Puritan Boston, seamstress Hester Prynne is punished for playing on the Sabbath day; but kindly minister Arthur Dimmesdale takes pity on her. The two fall in love, but their relationship cannot be: Hester is already married to Roger Prynne, a physician who has been missing seven years. Dimmesdale has to go away to England; when he returns, he finds Hester pregnant with their child, and the focus of the town's censure. In a humiliating public ceremony, she is forced to don the scarlet letter A - for adultery - and wear it the rest of her life. Dimmesdale is encouraged by the church fathers to demand of Hester the person with whom she sinned.
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La Bohème
MovieFeb 24, 1926

La Bohème

It is 1830 in Paris and the rent is due, but the money is not …
It is 1830 in Paris and the rent is due, but the money is not there. An article here, a painting there and a monkey with a cup gives them enough money for the rent, but not for food. Fortunately, Musette from downstairs has enough food for everyone including Mimi - the poor little waif from next door who Rodolphe has met. But Count Paul also has his lusting eye on Mimi and uses her embroidery to get close to her. Rodolphe and Mimi fall in love and Mimi works endlessly to support Rodolphe who is writing his play with a new found passion. He does not know that he has been discharged from writing for 'Dog and Cat Fanciers'. Mimi wants to get his play produced and Count Paul offers to help, but there is a terrible fight when Rodolphe thinks that Mimi is faithless to him with Count Paul. After the fight, he seeks out a doctor as she is sick, but she has left when Rodolphe returns and will stay away until his play is finished.
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1924
Romola
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MovieDec 6, 1924

Romola

In Renaissance Florence, Tito, a no-good young man …
In Renaissance Florence, Tito, a no-good young man pretending to be a scholar, wins the admiration of a blind man who has long looked for someone to finish his scholarly work. He has a ...
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1923
The White Sister
MovieSep 5, 1923

The White Sister

Lillian Gish is the daughter of a rich Italian count who is killed in a …
Lillian Gish is the daughter of a rich Italian count who is killed in a fall from his horse. Though Lillian stands to inherit a large estate, her older half-sister burns the will and thus inherits the property herself, throwing Lillian into poverty. Fortunately, she is engaged to marry the dashing officer Ronald Coleman, but he is captured by Arabs on an expedition to Africa. Dedicating her life to his memory, Lillian becomes a nun, unaware that her lover has escaped his captors and returning to Italy! The climax takes place against a backdrop of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
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1921
Orphans of the Storm
MovieDec 28, 1921

Orphans of the Storm

Henriette, an orphan, moves to Paris with her adopted sister, …
Henriette, an orphan, moves to Paris with her adopted sister, Louise, in an attempt to find a cure for her blindness. While in the city the two face the perils and turmoil of the city caught up in the French revolution.
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1920
Way Down East
MovieSep 3, 1920

Way Down East

The callous rich, portrayed by Lennox, think only of their …
The callous rich, portrayed by Lennox, think only of their own pleasure. Anna is but a poor country girl whom Lennox tricks into a fake wedding. She believes that it is true, but secret, while he has his way with her. When she is pregnant, he leaves her and she must have the baby, named Trust Lennox, on her own. When the baby dies she wanders until she gets a job with Squire Bartlett. David falls for her, but she rejects him due to her past and then Lennox shows up lusting for Kate. Seeing Anna, he tries to get her to leave, but she doesn't, and she tells no one about his past. When Squire Bartlett learns of her past from Martha, the town gossip, he tosses Anna out in a snow storm. But before she goes, she fingers the respected Lennox, as the father of her dead baby and the spoiler of herself.
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1919
The Greatest Question
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MovieDec 28, 1919

The Greatest Question

The Greatest Question is a …
The Greatest Question is a 1919 American drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. Based upon a novel by William Hale, the film has a plot involving spiritualism.
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True Heart Susie
MovieJun 1, 1919

True Heart Susie

Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor …
Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor boy, William. She believes in him and sacrifices much of her own happiness to promote his own ambitions, all without his ...
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Broken Blossoms
MovieMay 13, 1919

Broken Blossoms

Cheng Huan is a missionary whose goal is to bring the teachings …
Cheng Huan is a missionary whose goal is to bring the teachings of peace by Buddha to the civilized Anglo-Saxons. Upon landing in England, he is quickly disillusioned by the intolerance and apathy of the country. He becomes a storekeeper of a small shop. Out his window, he sees the young Lucy Burrows. She is regularly beaten by her prizefighter father, underfed and wears ragged clothes. Even in this deplorable condition, Cheng can see that she is a priceless beauty and he falls in love with her from afar. On the day that she passes out in front of his store, he takes her in and cares for her. With nothing but love in his heart, he dresses her in silks and provides food for her. Still weak, she stays in his shop that night and all that Cheng does is watch over her. The peace and happiness that he sees last only until Battling Burrows finds out that his daughter is with a foreigner.
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A Romance of Happy Valley
MovieJan 26, 1919

A Romance of Happy Valley

John Logan leaves his …
John Logan leaves his parents and sweetheart in bucolic Happy Valley to make his fortune in the city. Those he left behind become miserable and beleaguered in his absence, but after several...
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1918
The Greatest Thing in Life
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MovieNov 15, 1918

The Greatest Thing in Life

Jeannette Peret, daughter of …
Jeannette Peret, daughter of a cigar-store owner, leaves her Greenwich Village home for France in hopes of finding there the love which eludes her at home. She becomes enamored of le Bebe, a giant of a vegetable peddler, but his unsophisticated ways disillusion her. Edward Livingston, a wealthy young man from home who had spurned Jeannette, now turns up and realizes the error of his ways. But he, too, has a great flaw, and only the outbreak of war , ironically, is able to lead Jeannette to a peaceful conclusion to her quest.
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Hearts of the World
MovieJan 1, 1918

Hearts of the World

Young lovers in a French village are torn apart with the …
Young lovers in a French village are torn apart with the coming of the Great War.
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1916
Intolerance
MovieAug 5, 1916

Intolerance

Intolerance and its terrible effects are examined in four …
Intolerance and its terrible effects are examined in four historical eras. In ancient Babylon, a mountain girl is caught up in the religious rivalry that leads to the city's downfall. In Judea, the hypocritical Pharisees condemn Jesus Christ. In 1572 Paris, unaware of the impending St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, two young Huguenots prepare for marriage. Finally, in modern America, social reformers destroy the lives of a young woman and her beloved.
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1915
Enoch Arden
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MovieApr 8, 1915

Enoch Arden

A hundred years ago in a little seaside village, lived and …
A hundred years ago in a little seaside village, lived and played three children, Philip Ray, Annie Lee and Enoch Arden, the latter an orphan. They grew up together and both boys fell in ...
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The Birth of a Nation
MovieFeb 8, 1915

The Birth of a Nation

Two brothers, Phil and Ted …
Two brothers, Phil and Ted Stoneman, visit their friends in Piedmont, South Carolina: the family Cameron. This friendship is affected by the Civil War, as the Stonemans and the Camerons must join up opposite armies. The consequences of the War in their lives are shown in connection to major historical events, like the development of the Civil War itself, Lincoln's assassination, and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.
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1914
Judith of Bethulia
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MovieMar 8, 1914

Judith of Bethulia

Bethulia stands outside ancient Jerusalem, guarding its gate. …
Bethulia stands outside ancient Jerusalem, guarding its gate. The Assyrian king, Nebuchodonosor, sends his son Holfernes and his army west to conquer Judea. The army captures all the territory to the gates of Bethulia, including its well and the women who were outside the city walls. Then, Holfernes is content to lay a patient siege and wait until lack of water and food forces the surrender of Bethulia. As the town's plight worsens and prayers don't seem to work, Judith, a well-loved widow of Bethulia, hatches a plan. After ritual cleansing, she dresses elegantly and seductively to infiltrate Holfernes' camp. Will her resolve disappear when she discovers his innate humanity?
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The Green-Eyed Devil
MovieFeb 28, 1914

The Green-Eyed Devil

Jim Miller lives in a cheap tenement with his wife and his sister. …
Jim Miller lives in a cheap tenement with his wife and his sister. They had been in a better position in other days, but Jim has developed into a morose half-drunken character, suspicious ...
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1913
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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The House of Darkness
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MovieMay 10, 1913

The House of Darkness

A potentially violent patient in …
A potentially violent patient in an insane asylum is calmed when he hears a nurse playing the piano. But shortly afterwards he breaks free, eludes his pursuers, and acquires a gun. He soon ...
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1912
The New York Hat
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MovieDec 5, 1912

The New York Hat

The young village minister was not quite as discreet as he might …
The young village minister was not quite as discreet as he might have been in fulfilling the strange trust left by the dying mother, but it certainly worked for the common good. By the ...
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The Musketeers of Pig Alley
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MovieOct 31, 1912

The Musketeers of Pig Alley

A young wife and her …
A young wife and her musician husband live in poverty in a New York City tenement. The husband's job requires him to go away for for a number of days. On his return, he is robbed by the neighborhood gangster. Sometime later, an unrelated mob shoot-out ensues. The husband happens upon the melee, recognizing the crook who robbed him. Can the husband retrieve his money?
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An Unseen Enemy
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MovieSep 9, 1912

An Unseen Enemy

The physician's death orphans his two adolescent daughters. …
The physician's death orphans his two adolescent daughters. Their older brother is able to convert some of the doctor's small estate to cash. But it is late in the day, and with the banks ...
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1893
Lillian Gish
BirthOctober 1893

Lillian Gish

Lillian Gish was born.
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