Florence La Badie


Directed by                     Lucius J. Henderson
Produced by                   Thanhouser Film Corporation
Starring                          James Cruze, Florence La Badie, Marguerite Snow, William Russell
Distributed by                Mutual Film
Release date                    July 15, 1913
Running time                  40 minutes
Country                           United States
Language                         Silent film, English intertitles

We have included this film in our program to illustrate the work and contributions of our star Florence La Badie.

"Tannhauser" ("Tannhäuser" in German) is a short fantasy drama made by Thanhouser Company.  Because the film title and the company that produced it look almost the same, let's clear a possible confusion. 

The film is based on "Tannhäuser", an opera by the German composer Richard Wagner; Tannhäuser is the name of the main male character of this opera.

Thanhouser Company was created by Edwin Thanhouser in 1910.  It produced 1030 silent films (per IMDB).

Tannhäuser (James Cruze) and Princess Elisabeth (Marguerite Snow) fall in love, but she is engaged to Wolfram (William Russell).  Then Tannhäuser is enchanted by the pagan goddess Venus (Florence La Badie). 

Most of the film consists of extended religious episodes, which may or may not appeal to contemporary audiences. For this reason we offer you two versions: the first one is the whole film and the second one includes only the episodes with Florence La Badie. Those viewers who are interested in the full version are advised to read the plot synopsis on the Wikipedia page of the opera here.


A special acknowledgement

Let's all give our thanks to Ned Thanhouser for the outstanding work he has done for the past 25+ years in archives around the globe to acquire and publish on DVD and online Thanhouser films starring Florence La Badie. 

You can learn about Ned Thanhouser's new documentary and watch free online full length videos of surviving Thanhouser films featuring other stars here:


You can watch the whole film here:




You can watch a shorter version that includes the episodes with Florence La Badie here:



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   Florence La Badie