Tuesday, June 20, 2017

LIST

List Of Lost Films (All Films--Silents Prominently Marked)



4 DEVILS (1928) IMDb TWO VERSIONS

Country:  USA
Genre: Drama
Studio: Fox
Release Date:  1 August 1929
Director: F. W. Murnau
First Billed:  Janet Gaynor
Filming Location(s): ?
Sound:  Silent Version & Sound Version: Mono (MovieTone)
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
Technicals: 35mm Spherical
Running Time: 97 minutes (1 Hour 37 Minutes) Silent Version/100 minutes (1 Hour 40 minutes) Sound Version
Notes:  It is thought the only surviving copy of the film was thought to have be destroyed by once of the actresses who appeared in the film Mary Duncan when she borrowed the nitrate film from Fox to screen for friends in Florida.  They story goes that she threw it into the ocean after the screening--but that might be apocryphal--nitrate simply does not travel well. If the film was damaged in any way, she may have simply tossed it out.  In any case, she just assumed that Fox had another copy--they didn't.  When Murnau's Sunrise (1927) was released on DVD in 2003, Fox put together a montage of  photographs, still, voiceover and sketches to give an approximate idea of what the film would have been like.  This same feature is also included in the Blu Ray release of Sunrise as well.
Added: 25 June 2017


ACROSS THE PACIFIC (1926) IMDb SILENT

Country: USA
Genre: Romance/War
Studio: Warner Bros.
Release Date:  2 October 1926
Director: Roy Del Ruth
First Billed: Monte Blue
Filming Location (s): ?
Sound: Silent 
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
Technicals: 35mm Spherical (7 reels)
Running Time: 78 minutes (1 Hour 18 Minutes)
Notes: Oddly this film had it's copyright renewed in 1956.  This was often the case with silent films that were to be copied specifically for broadcast for television, but nothing with this film was done.  Many silent films, such as Lubitsch's Lady Windemere's Fan (1925), would not have survived if not for this coping process in the 1950's.  It is possible that when it came time to copy the film, the print was too degraded to use, or simply not where records claimed it was being stored.  There is no word on any nitrate print having actually been examined in 1956 or after.  
Added: 27 June 2017


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A BADLY MANAGED HOTEL (1896) IMDb SILENT

Country:  France
Genre: Short Comedy
Studio: Star-Film
Year: 1896
Director:  Georges Méliès
Sound:  Silent
Black & White
Notes: The original French title was L'hôtel empoisonné.  This is, unfortunately, one of many Méliès films from 1896 that have been lost.  
Added: 27 June 2017


THE CALLAHANS AND THE MURPHYS (1927) IMDb SILENT

Country: USA
Genre: Comedy Drama
Studio: MGM
Release Date: 18 June 1927
Director: George W. Hill
First Billed:  Marie Dressler
Filming Location:  MGM Studios, Hollywood
Sound: Silent
Black & White
Aspect Ratio:  1:33:1
Technicals:  35mm Spherical (7 reels)
Running Time: 70 minutes (1 Hour 10 MInutes)
Added: 2 July 2017




CONDEMNED TO DEATH (1932) IMDb

Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Crime/Horror
Studio: Julius Hagen Productions
Release Date: 30 May 1932
Director:  Walter Forde
First Billed: Arthur Wontner
Filming Location(s): ?
Sound: Mono (RCA Photophone)
Black & White
Aspect Ratio:  1:20:1
Technicals:  35mm Spherical (8 reels)
Running Time:  75 minutes (1 hour 15 minutes)
Notes:  Back in the early 1990's the British Film Institute started a search for lost British films, they found a cut print of this in France, dubbed into French.  As far as I know, there have been no restoration efforts or plans to release it for home viewing.  The print is not complete, but the film is still basically intact.
Added: 21 June 2017

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DANSE SERPENTINE (1896/I) IMDb SILENT

Country: France
Genre: Short Fancy
Studio: None
Year:  1896
Director: Georges Méliès
First Billed:  None
Filming Location: ?
Sound: Silent
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: None specified
Technicals: None specified
Running Time: Unknown (likely not more than 2 minutes)
Notes:  Yet another Méliès film from 1896 that is lost (though all hope is not gone, in 2004 a short of his was indeed found intact!).  Please note that a couple of individuals on IMDb are confused as to what film they have seen and have, unfortunately, reviewed the wrong film under this title--the dead give away is the colorization of the Lumiere film from the same year listed in the database under the exact same name, but with the designation 1896/II.  That film thankfully survives in all of it's glory.  There were, in fact, many Serpentine Dances filmed on both sides of the Atlantic; the Edison company had their own versions of it that pre-date these two films.   Making both of these remakes.


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DOLLARS AND THE WOMAN (1916) IMDb SILENT

Country:  USA
Genre: Drama
Studio: Lubin Manufacturing Co.
Release Date: 20 March 1916
Director:  Joseph Kaufman
First Billed:  Tom Moore
Filming Location(s): ?
Sound: Silent
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
Technicals: 35mm Spherical (6 reels)
Running Time: ?
Added: 29 June 2017


FAIR AND MUDDY (1928) IMDb SILENT

Country:  USA
Genre: Comedic Short
Studio:  Hal Roach Studios
Release Date: 5 May 1928
Director:  Charles Oelze
First Billed:  Joe Cobb
Filming Location(s): ?
Sound:  Silent
Black & White
Aspect Ratio:  1:33:1
Technicals: 35mm Spherical (2 reels)
Running Time: 20 minutes
Notes:  Reportedly a full and complete copy of this film has been found "abroad," but without any more specifics, this can't be verified at this time.  This is an Our Gang film.
Added: 4 July 2017


GALLOPING FURY (1927) IMDb SILENT 

Country:  USA
Genre: Western Comedy
Studio:  Universal 
Director:  B. Reeves Eason
First Billed:  Hoot Gibson
Filming Location(s):  ?
Sound: Silent 
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
Technicals: 35mm Spherical
Running Time: 1 Hour
Notes:  This may or may not be one of the casualties of the Universal vault fire in the 1960's--there seems to be considerable amount of confusion as to what befell this film.  There is known to be a old Mutoscope copy that can be viewed through the paying machine, see YouTube.  
Added: 5 July 2017


HALBBLUT [Half Blood] (1919) IMDb SILENT

Country: Germany
Genre: Fantasy
Studio:  Decla-Bioscope AG
Release Date: 3 April 1919
Director: Fritz Lang
First Billed: Ressel Orla
Filming Location: Decla-Studio
Sound: Silent
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
Technicals: 35mm Spherical
Running Time:  ?
Notes:  This is Fritz Lang's directorial debut (he also penned the script).  It is such a shame that it is lost to history!
Added 6 July 2017


IL MONSTRO DI FRANKENSTEIN (1921) IMDb SILENT

Country: Italy
Genre: Horror
Studio: Albertini Film
Release Date: 4 July 1921
Director: Eugenio Testa
First Billed: Linda Albertini
Filming Location(s): ?
Sound: Silent 
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
Technicals: 35mm Spherical (4 reels)
Running Time: 39 minutes
Notes: The concept of the original idea for this film as envisioned by Testa was met with severe backlash by Italian censors.  I don't believe any sources know how long the film would have been if it had not been seriously cut to pieces.  The heavily censored version at 39 minutes long is the only known version to ever have been screened and even that is completely lost now as well.
Added: 6 July 2017


THE IMMIGRANT (1915) IMBb SILENT

Country:  USA
Genre:  Drama
Studio: Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company
Release Date: 20 December 1915
Director: George Melford
First Billed:  Valeska Suratt
Filming Location(s): ?
Sound:  Silent
Black & White
Aspect Ratio:  1:33:1
Technicals: 35 mm Spherical (5 reels)
Running Time: 50 minutes
Notes:  This is the only film that Valeska Suratt made for a company other than Fox.
Added 23 July 2017



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JULIUS CAESAR (1911) IMDb SILENT

Country:  UK/Portugal
Genre: History
Studio:  Co-operative Cinematograph
Release Date:  March 1911
Director:  Frank R. Benson
First Billed: Frank R. Benson
Filming Location(s): ?
Sound:  Silent 
Black & White
Aspect Ratio:  1:33:1
Technicals:  35mm Spherical (1 reel)
Running Time:  ? (Definitely 45 minutes or less)
Added:  8 July 2017


KISS ME AGAIN (1925) IMDb SILENT

Country:  USA
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Studio: Warner Bros.
Release Date: 1 August 1925
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
First Billed:  Marie Prevost
Filming Location(s): ?
Sound: Silent
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
Technicals: 35mm Spherical (7 reels)
Running Time: ? (definitely feature length)
Notes:  Unfortunately this Lubitsch film didn't have the same happy fate as his other romantic comedy from the same year: Lady Windermere's Fan.  That later film was saved from being lost by the copying of for broadcast on television--but that was a program of the 1950's.  This film is listed as being "junked" by Warner Bros. in 1948, before studios realized the importance of saving films specifically for airing on TV.  It was the only known copy of the film and the print was a nitrate print.
Added: 9 July 2017


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LE FAKIR, MYSTERE INDIEN (1896) IMDb SILENT

Country:  France
Genre: Short Fancy
Studio: Théâtre Robert-Houdin
Year:  1896
Director:  Georges Méliès
First Billed:  ?
Filming Location(s): ?
Sound: Silent
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: ?
Technicals: ?
Running Time: ? (probably no more than a minute)
Added: 10 July 2017

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MARKET DAY (1896) IMDb SILENT

Country:  France
Genre: Documentary Short
Studio:  None
Year: 1896
Director: Georges Méliès
First Billed:  ?
Filming Location(s): ?
Sound: Silent 
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: ?
Technicals:  ?
Running Time: ? (mostly not more than 1 minute)
Added:  12 July 2017

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NAVAL REVIEW AT CHERBURG (1896) IMDb SILENT

Country:  France
Genre: Documentary Short
Studio: ?
Year: 1896
Director: Georges Méliès
First Billed: None
Filming Location(s): ? (one can assume Cherbourg)
Sound: Silent 
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: ?
Technicals: ?
Running Time: ? (one can assume a minute or less)
Notes:  The actual place in France where this would have been shot is Cherbourg, but the film is listed in the Méliès catalog as spelled "Cherburg."
Added:  14 July 2017




NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER (1914) IMDb SILENT

Country:  USA
Genre: Fantasy
Studio: Universal
Release Date: 25 April 1914
Director: Herbert Benon
First Billed:  Annette Kellerman
Sound: Silent
Black & White
Filming Locations: IMDb
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
Technicals: 35mm Spherical (7 Reels)
Running Time: 70 minutes (1 Hour 10 Minutes)
Notes: There are two lengthy fragments that have been confirmed to survive, both were held in foreign films vaults (one in Australia and one in Russia), that may now be in private hands domestically.
Added: 20 June 2017

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Officers Of French Army Leaving Service (1896) IMDb SILENT

Country:  France
Genre: Documentary Short
Studio: ?
Year: 1896
Director: Georges Méliès
First Billed: None
Sound: Silent 
Black & White
Filming Location(S): ?
Aspect Ratio: ?
Technicals: ?
Running Time: ? (probably no more than 1 minute)
Added: 14 July 2017

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PALIMPSEST (1919) IMDb SILENT


Country: Czechoslovakia 
Genre: Drama
Studio: ?
Release Date: 10 October 1919
Director: Joe Jencik
First Billed:  Anny Ondra
Sound:  Silent
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: ?
Technicals: ?
Running Time:  ?
Added: 17 July 2017


THE QUEEN OF SHEBA (1921) IMDb SILENT

Country: USA
Genre:  Drama
Studio:  FOX
Release Date: 10 April 1921
Director:  J. Gordon Edwards
First Billed: Betty Blythe
Filming Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Sound:  Silent
Black & White
Aspect Ratio:  1:33:1
Technicals:  35 mm Spherical (9 reels)
Running Time: 90 minutes
Added:  22 July 2017


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THE EAGLE'S TALON (1923) [Serial] IMDb SILENT

Country:  USA
Genre: Action
Studio: Universal
Release Date (Beginning On):  30 April 1923
Director:  Duke Worne
First Billed: Fred Thomson
Filming Locations: ?
Sound: Silent
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
Technicals:  35mm Spherical (30 reels, in 15 episodes)
Running Time: Total ?
Added: 3 July 2017


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THE SIREN (1927) IMDb SILENT

Country:  USA
Genre: Drama
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Release Date:  20 December 1927
Director:  Byron Haskin
First Billed:  Tom Moore
Sound:  SILENT
Black & White
Filming Location(s): ?
Aspect Ratio:  1:33:1
Technicals:  35mm Spherical (6 reels)
Running Time: 58 minutes
Added:  30 June 2017



THE SOUL OF BROADWAY (1915) IMDb SILENT

Country: USA
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Studio:  Fox
Release Date: 18 October 1915
Director:  Herbert Brenon
First Billed: Valeska Suratt
Filming Locations: IMDb
Sound: Silent
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
Technicals: 35mm Spherical (5 reels)
Running Time: ?
Notes:  This film was one of the casualties of the infamous 1937 Fox vault fire.  The film marked "vamp" Valeska Suratt's silver screen debut.  
Added: 28 June 2017


THE STRAIGHT WAY (1916) IMDb SILENT

Country: USA
Genre: Drama
Studio: Fox
Release Date:  18 September 1916
Director: Will S. Davis
First Billed:  Valeska Suratt
Filming Location(s):  ?
Sound: Silent 
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
Technicals: 35 mm Spherical (5 reels)
Running Time: 50 minutes
Added: 15 July 2017



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UNDER TWO FLAGS (1916) IMDb SILENT 

Country:  USA
Genre: Adventure Drama
Studio: Fox
Release Date:  31 July 1916
Director: J. Gordon Edwards
First Billed: Theda Bara
Sound:  Silent
Black & White
Filming Location: New Jersey (home of the first studio system)
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
Technicals: 35mm Spherical (6 Reels)
Running Time: 60 minutes (1 Hour)
Added:  25 June 2017


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UNMASKED (1929) IMDb EARLY TALKIE

Country: USA
Genre:  Mystery
Studio:  Weiss Brothers Artclass Pictures
Release Date:  15 December 1929
Director:  Edgar Lewis
First Billed: Robert Warwick
Sound: De Forest Phonofilm
Black & White
Filming Location: New York City
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
Technicals: 35mm Spherical (6 Reels)
Running Time: 62 minutes (1 Hour 2 Minutes)
Added: 22 June 2017


THE VICTIM (1916) IMDb SILENT

Country: USA
Genre: Crime (Vamp)
Studio:  Fox
Release Date:  25 December 1916
Director:  Will S. Davis
First Billed:  Valeska Suratt
Filming Location(s): ?
Sound:  Silent 
Black & White
Aspect Ratio:  1:33:1
Technicals:  35mm Spherical (5 reels)
Running Time: ?
Added: 16 July 2017



THE WOLF MAN (1924) IMDb SILENT

Country:  USA
Genre: Drama
Studio: FOX
Release Date:  17 February 1924
Director:  Edmund Mortimer
Frist Billed:  John Gilbert
Filming Location(s): ?
Sound: Silent
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
Technicals:  35mm Spherical (6 reels)
Running: 60 minutes
Added: 11 July 2017



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