Her most popular role in movies came in The Birth of a Nation directed by D.W. Griffith in 1915. Alden played the role of a mulatto woman in love with a northern politician. The following year she was in Griffith's Intolerance with Mae Marsh, Miriam Cooper, and Vera Lewis. After making Less Than The Dust with Mary Pickford in 1917, she took a temporary leave from motion pictures, acting for a while on the stage. Critics acclaimed Alden's portrayal of the mother, Mrs. Anthon, in The Old Nest (1921) and her characterization of an old lady in The Man With Two Mothers (1922). The latter feature was produced by Sam Goldwyn.
The Iron Mask, starring Douglas Fairbanks. The Kiss, starring Greta Garbo and Conrad Nagel. Kitty, directed by Victor Saville (Britain). A Knight in London, starring Lilian Harvey – (GB/Germany). The Lady Lies, starring Walter Huston and Claudette Colbert. Lady of the Pavements, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lupe Vélez and William Boyd. Land Without Women, starring Conrad Veidt – (Germany). The Letter. The Locked Door, starring Rod LaRocque and Barbara Stanwyck. The Love Parade, starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald. Lucky Star, directed by Frank Borzage, starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell.
Elmer Clifton (March 14, 1890 – October 15, 1949) was an American writer, director and actor from the early silent days. A collaborator of D.W. Griffith, he appeared in The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance (1916) before giving up acting in 1917 to concentrate on work behind the camera, with Griffith and Joseph Henabery as his mentors. His first feature-length solo effort as a director was The Flame of Youth with Jack Mulhall. Clifton honed his talents during the late 1910s, directing vehicles for Mulhall and Herbert Rawlinson at Universal and then for Dorothy Gish for Famous Players-Lasky.
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He acted in 27 silent films including Robert E. Lee in Birth of a Nation (1915) and Jesus Christ in D. W. Griffith's Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916). Home, Sweet Home (1914). Birth of a Nation (1915) – Gen. Robert E. Lee. Daphne and the Pirate (1916) – Prince Henri. Flirting with Fate (1916) – Roland Dabney. The Little School Ma'am (1916) – Old Man Tyler. Intolerance (1916) – Jesus Christ / Cardinal de Lorraine. The Devil's Needle (1916) – Sir Gordon Galloway. Diane of the Follies (1916) – Don Livingston. Everybody's Doing It (1916) – Society gentleman. The Spirit of '76 (1917) – Lionel Esmond. The Spy (1917) – Baron von Bergen.
Vester Pegg (May 23, 1889 – February 19, 1951) was an American actor of the silent film era. He appeared in 140 films between 1912 and 1941, mainly Westerns. He was born in Appleton City, Missouri and died in Los Angeles, California. The Birth of a Nation (1915) - Minor Role (uncredited). The Lucky Transfer (1915, Short) - The clerk. Jordan Is a Hard Road (1915) - (uncredited). Blue Blood and Red (1916). Intolerance (1916) - Extra (uncredited). Blood Money (1917, Short) - Bud Cameron. The Bad Man of Cheyenne (1917, Short) - Vesta. The Outlaw and the Lady (1917, Short). Goin' Straight (1917, Short) - Pinnacle Bill. The Fighting Gringo (1917) - Pedro.
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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.
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Harry was also D. W. Griffith's partner at Reliance-Majestic Studios; both parted with the Mutual Film Corporation in the wake of The Birth of a Nation unexpected success that year. Triangle was envisioned as a prestige studio based on the producing abilities of filmmakers D. W. Griffith, Thomas Ince and Mack Sennett. On November 23, 1915, the Triangle Film Corporation opened a state-of-the-art motion picture theater in Massillon, Ohio. The Lincoln Theater is still an operational movie theater owned and operated by the Massillon Lion's Club. The theater has been restored and is host to a yearly film festival dedicated to the films of Dorothy and Lillian Gish.
He acted on Broadway in the light opera Sergeant Kitty with Virginia Earle, and then in silent film where he played Cameron's faithful servant (uncredited) in DW Griffith's controversial epic Birth of A Nation. Braham was born in 1850 in West Street in the rookery of Seven Dials in London, to artist Nathaniel Henry Braham and Susan Dorothy Frost, his father was Jewish, his mother Anglican and this interfaith marriage caused a split in the family when they married at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 11 November 1848.
A close friend of actor Douglas Fairbanks, Stevens appeared in nearly all of the Fairbanks' films. Born in Solomonville, Arizona, Stevens began his career during the silent era, playing mostly Native Americans and Mexicans in Westerns. During the 1930s and 1940s, he had roles in the film serials Wild West Days and Overland Mail. In the 1950s, Stevens guest-starred on several television series, including The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, The Adventures of Kit Carson, Sky King, The Lone Ranger, Zorro, and The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. In two of those appearances in The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, in 1954 and 1958, he played his grandfather Geronimo.
In 1914 he acted in D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation, followed by Intolerance. In 1916, his son, actor and photographer Peter Gowland, was born. Often cast as a villain, his only starring role (out of 63 films) was in Greed (1924), directed by Erich von Stroheim, based on the Frank Norris novel McTeague, and costarring ZaSu Pitts. The film has since become a classic, despite its having been cut to one-fifth its original length for commercial release by MGM. Gowland portrayed the protagonist, dentist John McTeague. Von Stroheim also directed Gowland in his 1919 film Blind Husbands. Gowland was cast as Simon Buquet in the 1925 film version of The Phantom of the Opera.
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Carl Briel, composer of music for Birth of a Nation". The exact quote from the opening day full-page ad in the Call-Bulletin read: "Universal Weekly claimed a 60-piece orchestra. Moving Picture World reported that "The music from Faust supplied the music [for the picture]." Due to poor reviews and reactions, the January release was canceled. On advice from Chaney and others, Universal told Julian to re-shoot most of the picture and change its style, as it was feared that a Gothic melodrama would not recoup the film's massive budget. Julian eventually walked out.
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Appearing in 254 films between 1915 and 1963, Wilson had notable supporting roles in the silent film era, like "The Kindly Officer" in D. W. Griffith's epic Intolerance (1916), the angry policeman in Charlie Chaplin's The Kid (1921), and a boxing coach in Buster Keaton's comedy Battling Butler (1926). After the rise of sound film, he was reduced to small roles for the rest of his long film career. Wilson died in 1965 in Los Angeles, California. Little Marie (1915). The Highbinders (1915). The Lucky Transfer (1915). The Birth of a Nation (1915) (playing an African-American in blackface). Martyrs of the Alamo (1915). The Half-Breed (1916). The Children Pay (1916). Intolerance (1916).
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Having grown up in Hollywood, the stepson of a studio production manager and stepgrandson of a silent-film director, Edwards had watched the films of the great silent-era comedians, including Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Laurel and Hardy. Both Sellers and he appreciated and understood the comedy styles in silent films and tried to recreate them in their work together. After their immense success with the first two Pink Panther films, The Pink Panther (1963) and A Shot in the Dark (1964), which adapted many silent-film aspects, including slapstick, they attempted to go even further in The Party (1968).
In the late 1970s, Davis was commissioned by documentarians Kevin Brownlow and David Gill to create music for Thames Television's Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film (1980). His association with them continued the same year with Abel Gance's epic silent film Napoléon (1927), which was restored and Davis' music was used in its cinematic re-release and television screenings. There was a similar treatment for D. W. Griffith's Intolerance: Love's Struggle Through The Ages (1916). This had orchestral music originally, but Davis's new score was used instead in 1989.
Tourneur admired D.W. Griffith and considered the skill level of American actors at the time ahead of their counterparts in Europe. Of the actresses he worked with, he called Mary Pickford the finest screen actress in the world and believed that stage actress Elsie Ferguson was a brilliant artist. However, Tourneur opposed the evolving star system that Carl Laemmle had begun with his advertising campaign for actress Florence Lawrence. After directing several innovative films for Adolph Zukor's Artcraft Pictures Corporation (which released through Paramount) in 1917 and 1918, Tourneur launched his own production company with the film Sporting Life.
These were often compiled scores with some original material, such as Joseph Carl Breil's score for The Birth of a Nation, the William Axt/David Mendoza scores for the 1925 film Ben Hur or the 1926 film The Big Parade. Even fewer were all-original scores, the most notable being Gottfried Huppertz's scores for Fritz Lang's Nibelungen films and Metropolis, and composer Mortimer Wilson's for Douglas Fairbanks's The Thief of Baghdad. With the little time available between the completion of the picture and when it was to be released, all-original scores were uneconomical and had themes that were generally written in advance.
The film ultimately grossed $18–$22 million in worldwide rentals and is sometimes proclaimed as the most successful film of the silent era, although it is most likely this record falls to The Birth of a Nation. The film won the Photoplay Magazine Medal for best film of the year in 1925. The medal is considered the first significant annual movie award, prior to the establishment of the Oscars. After the film's producers found a clause in Vidor's contract that entitled the director to 20% of the net profits, studio lawyers called for a meeting with him. At the meeting, accountants upgraded the costs of the picture and downgraded their forecast of its potential success.
Birth of a Nation (1915) - Blacksmith (uncredited). The Slave Girl (1915, Short) - Bob West. The Absentee (1915) - The Toiler - in the Prologue. Her Shattered Idol (1915) - Ben - a Blacksmith. Jordan Is a Hard Road (1915). Hoodoo Ann (1916) - Officer Lambert. The Half Breed (1916) - The Doctor (uncredited). Gretchen the Greenhorn (1916) - Mystery Ship Captain. Intolerance (1916) - The Mighty Man of Valor (uncredited). The Children of the Feud (1916) - Bad Bald Clayton. The Fatal Glass of Beer (1916). The Bad Boy (1917) - Yeggman. Betsy's Burglar (1917). Might and the Man (1917) - McFadden. Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (1917) - Magic Genie. Treasure Island (1918) - Prologue Player.
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Within a few years, it became the home of D. W. Griffith and Mutual Film Corporation. Later the studio's name was changed to Fine Arts Studios, and was sometimes known as the Griffith Studio and as the Griffith Artcraft Studio. The studio was formed by Mutual as a partnership between D. W. Griffith and Majestic Studio owner Harry Aitken. The Birth of a Nation (1915), Hearts of the World (1918) and Broken Blossoms (1919) were partially or fully lensed at the studio. The sets for Intolerance (1916) were erected across the street where the Vista Theatre stands. In 1915, Thomas Ince's Kay-Bee Pictures, Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios, and D. W.