Eugene Pallette

Pallette began his silent film career as an extra and stunt man in 1910 or 1911. His first credited appearance was in the one-reel short western/drama The Fugitive (1913) which was directed by Wallace Reid for Flying "A" Studios at Santa Barbara. The up-and-coming actor was also splitting an apartment with actor Wallace Reid. Quickly advancing to featured status, Pallette appeared in many westerns. He worked with D. W. Griffith on such films as The Birth of a Nation (1915), where he played two parts, one in blackface, and Intolerance (1916). He also played a Chinese role in Tod Browning's The Highbinders.

Lupe Vélez

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Later that year, she did a screen test for the upcoming Douglas Fairbanks film The Gaucho. Fairbanks was reportedly impressed by Vélez and quickly signed her to a contract and hired her to appear in the film with him. Upon its release in 1927, The Gaucho was a hit and critics were duly impressed with Vélez's ability to hold her own alongside Fairbanks, who was well known for his spirited acting and impressive stunts. Vélez made her second major film, Stand and Deliver (1928), directed by Cecil B. DeMille. That same year, she was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars. In 1929, Vélez appeared in Lady of the Pavements, directed by D. W.

Robin Hood (1922 film)

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The story was adapted for the screen by Fairbanks (as "Elton Thomas"), Kenneth Davenport, Edward Knoblock, Allan Dwan and Lotta Woods, and was produced by Fairbanks for his own production company, Douglas Fairbanks Pictures Corporation, and distributed by United Artists, a company owned by Fairbanks, his wife Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith.

The Fall of a Nation

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The Fall of a Nation is a 1916 American silent drama film directed by Thomas Dixon, Jr., and is a sequel to the 1915 film The Birth of a Nation, directed by D. W. Griffith. Dixon, Jr. attempted to cash in on the success of the controversial first film. The Fall of a Nation is considered to be the first ever film sequel. Based upon The Fall of a Nation, written by the director, the film is now considered lost. The Fall of a Nation is an attack on the pacifism of William Jennings Bryan and Henry Ford and a plea for American preparedness for war. America is unprepared for an attack by the "European Confederated Army", a European army headed by Germany.

Norma Talmadge

On March 29, 1928, at the bungalow of Mary Pickford, United Artists brought together Talmadge, Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charles Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, John Barrymore, Dolores del Río, and D.W. Griffith to speak on the radio show The Dodge Brothers Hour to prove that Griffith could meet the challenge of talking movies. Talmadge's sister Constance sent her a telegram with this advice: "Quit pressing your luck, baby. The critics can't knock those trust funds Mama set up for us". As time passed, it became increasingly clear that the public was no longer interested in its old favorites, and Talmadge was seen as an icon of the past.

The Knickerbocker Buckaroo

After this production, he worked exclusively at United Artists, a company he co-founded in 1919 with Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith. *List of lost films Douglas Fairbanks as Teddy Drake. Marjorie Daw as Rita Allison. William A. Wellman as Henry (Wellman's debut in the film industry). Frank Campeau as Crooked Sheriff. Edythe Chapman as Teddy's Mother. Albert MacQuarrie as Manual Lopez. Ernest Butterworth.

The Americano (1916 film)

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Although Fairbanks was receiving $15,000 per week during production of The Americano, making him the third highest-paid actor after Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin, he considered himself underpaid given his films made millions for the studio. He was able to end his contract with Triangle following The Americano by noting that one of its clauses required that Fairbanks' films be supervised by director D. W. Griffith, which Triangle had not done for several of his last films. Douglas Fairbanks as Blaze Derringer. Alma Rubens as Juana de Castille. Spottiswoode Aitken as Presidente de Castille. Carl Stockdale as Salsa Espada. Tote Du Crow as Alberto de Castille.

David Gill (film historian)

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D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (restoration). Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush (restoration). Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (TV documentary 1989). Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (TV series, 1995, co-producer). D. W. Griffith: Father of Film (1993) (producer). American Masters (producer) (1 episode, 1989). Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) (TV) (producer). The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) (producer) (1986 alternate version). Unknown Chaplin (1983 TV series, co-producer). Hollywood (TV series 1980, co-producer). The Wind (1928) (producer) (restored version). The Blot (1921) (producer) (restored version). David Gill, The Birth of a Nation. Orphan or Pariah?

Lillian Gish

Her film acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912, in silent film shorts, to 1987. Gish was called the First Lady of American Cinema, and is credited with pioneering fundamental film performing techniques. Gish was a prominent film star from 1912 into the 1920s, particularly associated with the films of director D. W. Griffith, including her leading role in the highest-grossing film of the silent era, Griffith's seminal The Birth of a Nation (1915). At the dawn of the sound era, she returned to the stage and appeared in film infrequently, including well-known roles in the controversial western Duel in the Sun (1946) and the offbeat thriller The Night of the Hunter (1955).

Roadshow theatrical release

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The Birth of a Nation (1915). Intolerance (1916). The Covered Wagon (1923). The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). The Ten Commandments (1923). Ben-Hur (1925). The Big Parade (1925). Wings (1927), the first Best Picture Academy Award winner. The Jazz Singer (1927), the first feature length part-talkie. Chicago (1927) (the silent film based on the play that inspired the Kander and Ebb Broadway musical and Oscar-winning film). Show Boat (1929) (a part-talkie based not on the 1927 stage musical but on Edna Ferber's original novel from which the musical was adapted). The Desert Song (1929). Rio Rita (also 1929). Hell's Angels (1930), (Howard Hughes. The Sign of the Cross (1932).

Mary Pickford filmography

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In 1919 Pickford co-founded United Artists with Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, and Douglas Fairbanks. Pickford starred in 11 silent films for United Artists release and co-produced three film starring her brother, Jack Pickford, and one with their sister, Lottie Pickford. Mary Pickford also made unbilled cameo appearances in six other films during this time. Pickford starred in four sound films (excluding the uncompleted Forever Yours). After Secrets, her final film as an actress, she continued working as a producer, including two films in collaboration with Jesse L. Lasky.

Josef von Sternberg

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Sternberg's 1919 debut in filmmaking, though in a subordinate capacity, coincided with the filming and/or release of D. W. Griffith's Broken Blossoms, Charlie Chaplin's Sunnyside, Erich von Stroheim's The Devil's Pass Key, Cecil B. DeMille's Male and Female, Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Victor Sjöström's Karin Daughter of Ingmar and Abel Gance's J'accuse. Sternberg travelled widely in Europe between 1922 and 1924, where he participated in making a number of movies for the short-lived Alliance Film Corporation in London, including The Bohemian Girl (1922).

Charlie Chaplin filmography

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Chaplin signed with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company in 1915, and the year after with the Mutual Film Corporation. In 1918, Chaplin began producing his own films, initially releasing them through First National and then through United Artists, a corporation he co-founded with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Chaplin was accused of being a Communist sympathiser, which he denied. He remained a British subject and, while travelling to England in 1952 to attend the premiere of his film Limelight, his American re-entry permit was rescinded. Chaplin eventually settled in Switzerland, where he remained for the rest of his life.

Colleen Moore

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Griffith was in debt to Howey, who had helped him to get both The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance through the Chicago censorship board. ""I was being sent to Hollywood - not because anybody out there thought I was any good, but simply to pay off a favor"." The contract to Griffith's Triangle-Fine Arts was conditional on passing a film test to ensure that her heterochromia (she had one brown eye, one blue eye) would not be a distraction in close-up shots. Her eyes passed the test, so she left for Hollywood with her grandmother and her mother as chaperones.

1915 in film

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The Birth of a Nation, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish. The Caprices of Kitty, directed by Phillips Smalley, starring Elsie Janis. Carmen, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Geraldine Farrar. Carmen, directed by Raoul Walsh, starring Theda Bara. The Champion, starring Charles Chaplin and Edna Purviance. The Cheat, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Fannie Ward and Sessue Hayakawa. The Crazy Clock Maker. Double Trouble, starring Douglas Fairbanks. Enoch Arden, starring Lillian Gish. Fatty's Spooning Days, starring Fatty Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, and The Keystone Cops. Filibus - (Italy). A Fool There Was, starring Theda Bara. Four Feathers.

Independent film

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On February 5, 1919 four of the leading figures in American silent cinema (Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith) formed United Artists, the first independent studio in America. Each held a 20% stake, with the remaining 20% held by lawyer William Gibbs McAdoo. The idea for the venture originated with Fairbanks, Chaplin, Pickford, and cowboy star William S. Hart a year earlier as they were traveling around the U.S. selling Liberty bonds to help the World War I effort. Already veterans of Hollywood, the four film stars began to talk of forming their own company to better control their own work as well as their futures.

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

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The Cameraman, 1928 silent comedy directed by Edward Sedgwick and an uncredited Buster Keaton. The Birth of a Nation, 1915 silent film directed by D. W. Griffith. Death's Marathon, 1913 silent film directed by D. W. Griffith. Cabiria, 1914 Italian silent film directed by Giovanni Pastrone. Intolerance, 1916 silent film directed by D. W. Griffith. The Ten Commandments (1923), 1923 silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Samson and Delilah, 1949, directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The Ten Commandments (1956), 1956, directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, 1927 silent film directed by F. W. Murnau. Seventh Heaven, 1927 silent film directed by Frank Borzage.

List of American films of 1915

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The Life and Death of 9413: a Hollywood Extra

James said the film had its true premiere at Charlie Chaplin's villa in Beverly Hills, California. Chaplin, who by this time was disenchanted with many aspects of Hollywood filmmaking, was so impressed with the film that he watched it five times, and then screened it for guests at his home. This audience included elites from the film industry, including Douglas Fairbanks, John Considine, Harry d'Arrast, D. W. Griffith, Jesse L. Lasky, Ernst Lubitsch, Lewis Milestone, Mary Pickford, Joseph M. Schenck, Norma Talmadge, Josef von Sternberg, and King Vidor. The screening was accompanied by a record of Rhapsody in Blue, as well as Chaplin himself playing the organ.


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February 8 – The controversial film, The Birth of a Nation, directed by D. W. Griffith, premieres in Los Angeles. It will be the highest-grossing film for around 25 years. February 18 – WWI: Germany regards the waters around the British Isles to be a war zone from this date, as part of its U-boat campaign. February 20 – In San Francisco, the Panama–Pacific International Exposition is opened. March – The 1915 Palestine locust infestation breaks out in Palestine; it continues until October. March 3 – The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the predecessor of NASA, is founded in the United States.

Short film

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Comedy short films were produced in large numbers compared to lengthy features such as D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation. By the 1920s, a ticket purchased a varied program including a feature and several supporting works from categories such as second feature, short comedy, 5–10 minute cartoon, travelogue, and newsreel. Short comedies were especially popular, and typically came in a serial or series (such as the Our Gang movies, or the many outings of Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp character). Animated cartoons came principally as short subjects.

List of film producers

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Douglas Fairbanks – The Mark of Zorro, Robin Hood, The Thief of Bagdad. Ted Field – The Amityville Horror, The Last Samurai, Runaway Bride, What Dreams May Come, Jumanji, Revenge of the Nerds. Arthur Freed – Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris, Singin' in the Rain. Mel Gibson – Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ. D. W. GriffithThe Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, Abraham Lincoln. Richard N. Gladstein – Finding Neverland, The Bourne Identity, Pulp Fiction, The Cider House Rules. Samuel Goldwyn – Ball of Fire, The Best Years of Our Lives, Hans Christian Andersen. Daniel Grodnik, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Bobby, Powder, Moose.

List of film director and actor collaborations

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Lois Weber

After the United States entered World War I, Weber served on the board of the Motion Picture War Service Association, headed by D. W. Griffith and including Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, William S. Hart, Cecil B. DeMille, and William Desmond Taylor. The Association raised funds for the construction of a thousand-bed hospital. In 1918, the Fox Film Corporation hired Weber to direct Queen of the Seas, in which Annette Kellerman swam and dove naked. However, she was replaced eventually by John G. Adolfi.

1921 in film

U.S.A. unless stated *List of American films of 1921 January 21 – The silent comedy-drama The Kid, written by, produced by, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin (in his Tramp character) – his first full-length film as a director – and featuring Jackie Coogan, is released in the United States. It is the year's second-highest-grossing film. March 6 – The silent epic war film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, adapted for the screen by June Mathis, is released in the United States. It is the year's highest-grossing film (and the sixth-best-grossing silent film of all time), propels Rudolph Valentino to stardom and inspires a tango craze and a fashion for gaucho pants.