SILENT FILMS: D.W. GRIFFITH
House with the Closed Shutters (11 min) 1910
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. Their mother, not wanting the shameful truth to become known, closes all the shutters (hence the film's title) and keeps her son's presence a secret for many years, though two boyhood chums stumble upon the truth.
The Fugitive (17 min) 1910
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.
The Unseen Enemy (17 min) 1912
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.
The Painted Lady (12 min) 1912
A lonely young woman lives with her strict father who forbids her to wear make-up. One day at an ice cream social, she meets a young man you seems interested in her.
Enoch Arden (20 min) 1911
Two-part, based on the Tennyson poem of the same name.
Starred Wilfred Lucas and featured Blanche Sweet
Fisher Folks (10 min) 1911
A crippled girl marries a fisherman, who also has eyes for the town flirt.
Starring Wilfred Lucas, Linda Arvidson, Vivian Prescott
Last Drop of Water (10 min) 1911
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. Starring Blanche Sweet, Charles West, Robert Harron
For His Son (10 min) 1911
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. Starring Charles Hill Mailes, Charles West, Blanche Sweet
A Squaws Love (10 min) 1911
Wild Flower follows her banished lover, Gray Fox, into the wilderness. Her departure is witnessed by Silver Fawn, who mistakenly thinks Wild Flower is stealing her fiancé. Silver Fawn sets out in pursuit and jealously attacks Wild Flower. They fall into the river but are rescued by Gray Fox. Stars: Mabel Normand, Alfred Paget, Dark Cloud
The Massacre (20 min) 1913
The story of the massacre of an Indian village, and the ensuing retaliation.
Wilfred Lucas, Blanche Sweet, Charles West
The Mothering Heart (20 min) 1913
A young couple struggle to get ahead, the wife always assuaging the troubles of her melancholy husband. As he climbs the ladder of success, he abandons the homely values and takes up with another woman. His wife leaves him, returning to her mother's home where she bears a child. When the husband is abandoned by his concubine, remorse drives him to find his wife. Walter Miller, Lillian Gish, Kate Bruce
Those Awful Hats (2 min) 1909
Set in an early cinema house, this comic short illustrates the problems with the gals' hats obscuring the movie patron's line of vision. Linda Arvidson, John R. Cumpson, Flora Finch
Two Paths (10 min) 1911
Girl and Her Trust (10 min) 1912
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 capture. Dorothy Bernard, Wilfred Lucas, Anthony O'Sullivan
1776 (aka The Hessian Renegades) (10 min) 1909
Calamitous Elopement (10 min) 1908
A young couple decides to elope after being caught in the midst of a romantic moment by the woman's angry father. They make plans to leave, but a thief discovers their plans and hides in their trunk and waits for the right moment to steal their belongings.
Friends (10 min) 1912
Friends is a 1912 film written and directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Mary Pickford, Henry B. Walthall, Lionel Barrymore, and Harry Carey. Walthall and Barrymore portray two old friends who each wind up involved with a beautiful girl (Pickford) who lives above a mining camp saloon.
Little Darling (4 minutes) 1909
Mended Lute (10 min) 1909
The Mended Lute is a 1909 silent short western film directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Florence Lawrence.
The Lonely Villa (10 min) 1909
The Lonely Villa is a 1909 American short silent crime drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. The film stars David Miles, Marion Leonard and Mary Pickford in one of her first film roles
Rose O’Salem Town (17 minutes) 1910
Reliable authority states that nine million human lives were sacrificed through the zeal of fanatical reformers during the Christian epoch. Religious fanaticism was in most cases the cause