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  • "A Kentucky Feud" (1905) - hidden gem

    A Kentucky Feud 1905 

       A scene from the film

    Directed by                       unknown
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             unknown
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                       November 7, 1905
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    8 m.

     

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    "A Kentucky Feud" is a short Western drama.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

     

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  • "A Search for the Evidence" (1903) - hidden gem

    A Search for the Evidence 1903 00 

       A scene from the film

    Directed by                       unknown
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             Kathryn Osterman
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                       August 3, 1903
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    3 m.

     

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    "A Search for the Evidence" is a very short drama.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

    A suspicious woman searches hotel rooms for her possibly cheating husband with the help of a detective.

     

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  • "A Woman Scorned" (1911) - hidden gem

    Wilfred Lucas and Claire McDowell in A Woman Scorned 1911 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 01

        Wilfred Lucas and Claire McDowell


    Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             Claire McDowell, Wilfred Lucas, Alfred Paget, Blanche Sweet
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                       November 30, 1911
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    13 m.

     

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    "A Woman Scorned" is a short drama.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

     

    A doctor is lured away under false pretenses, and then his home is targeted for burglary. The plot is similar to that of "Lonely Villa" (1909), with an added twist.

     

    Claire McDowell in A Woman Scorned 1911 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 02

       Claire McDowell

     

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  • "Fisher Folks" (1911) - hidden gem

    Linda Arvidson and Wilfred Lucas in Fisher Folks 1911 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer

        Linda Arvidson and Wilfred Lucas


    Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             Wilfred Lucas, Linda Arvidson, Vivian Prescott
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                      February 16, 1911
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    13 m.

     

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    "Fisher Folks" is a short drama. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

     

    A guy chooses a simple girl over the village flirt, but the latter is not deterred from trying to make mischief.

     

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  • "In Life's Cycle" (1910) - hidden gem

    Henry Walthall and George Nichols in In Lifes Cycle 1910

        Henry Walthall and George Nichols


    Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             George Nichols, Stephanie Longfellow, Henry Walthall, Charles West
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                      September 15, 1910
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    14 m.

     

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    "In Life's Cycle" is a short drama. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

     

    A widower, whose only comfort are his two children, gets heartbroken when his daughter runs away from home.

     

    Stephanie Longfellow and Henry Walthall in In Lifes Cycle 1910

       Stephanie Longfellow and Charles West

     

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  • "Love in the Hills" (1911) - hidden gem

    Blanche Sweet and Wilfred Lucas in Love in the Hills 1911 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 000

        Blanche Sweet and Wilfred Lucas


    Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             Blanche Sweet, Wilfred Lucas, Charles West, Joseph Graybill
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                      October 30, 1911
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    13 m.

     

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    "Love in the Hills" is a short drama. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

     

    A mountain beauty falls for a city slicker and intends to elope. One of her local suitors tries to prevent that.

     

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  • "The Failure" (1911) - hidden gem

    Wilfred Lucas in The Failure  1911 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 05

        Wilfred Lucas


    Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             Wilfred Lucas, Dorothy Bernard, Lily Cahill, Donald Crisp
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                      December 7, 1911
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    12 m.

     

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    "The Failure" is a short drama. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

     

    A man becomes despondent after losing his job. Later he meets a woman, who is determined to help him get back on his feet.

     

    Dorothy Bernard in The Failure  1911 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 03

       Dorothy Bernard

     

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  • "The God Within" (1912) - hidden gem

    Henry Walthall and Claire McDowell in The God Within 1912 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 00

        Henry Walthall and Claire McDowell


    Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             Henry Walthall, Charles Hill Mailes, Claire McDowell, Blanche Sweet, Lionel Barrymore
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                      December 26, 1912
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    11 m.

     

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    "The God Within" is a short drama. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

     

    In a mining town a newborn loses its mother and a woman loses her baby.

     

    Charles Hill Mailes and Blanche Sweet in The God Within 1912 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 02

       Charles Hill Mailes and Blanche Sweet

     

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  • "The Great Jewel Mystery" (1905) - hidden gem

    The Great Jewel Mystery 1905 

       A scene from the film

    Directed by                       unknown
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             unknown
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                       October 23, 1905
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    8 m.

     

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    "The Great Jewel Mystery", a.k.a. "The Mystery of the Missing Jewel Casket", is a short crime drama.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

     

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  • "The Hero of Liao Yang" (1904) - hidden gem

    The Hero of Liao Yang 1904 

       A scene from the film

     

    Directed by                       unknown
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             unknown
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                       September 22, 1904
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    15 m.

     

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    "The Hero of Liao Yang" is a short war drama.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

     

    A Japanese soldier is ambushed while carrying an important message. The film apparently was made during the initial stages of the Russo-Japanese War (8 February 1904 – 5 September 1905).

     

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  • "The Indian Brothers" (1911) - hidden gem

    Wilfred Lucas in The Indian Brothers 1911 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 000

        Wilfred Lucas


    Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             Frank Opperman, Wilfred Lucas, Guy Hedlund, Blanche Sweet
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                       July 17, 1911
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    14 m.

     

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    "The Indian Brothers" is a short drama. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer. Florence La Badie also gets credit for the film, but it is difficult to spot her.

     

    When an Indian chief is murdered, his brother chases the killer to bring him to justice.

     

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  • "The Last Deal" (1910) - hidden gem

    Owen Moore andJames Kirkwood in The Last Deal 1910 DW Griffith and Billy Bitzer 00

        Owen Moore and James Kirkwood


    Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             Owen Moore, Ruth Hart, James Kirkwood, George Nichols
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                       January 27, 1910
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    12 m.

     

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    "The Last Deal" is a short drama.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

     

    A man is addicted to gambling and risks losing everything.

     

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  • "The Lily of the Tenements" (1911) - hidden gem

    Dorothy West and George Nichols in The Lily of the Tenements 1911 director DW Griffith 01

        Dorothy West and George Nichols


    Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             Dorothy West, George Nichols, Clara Bracy, Francis Grandon
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                      February 27, 1911
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    12 m.

     

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    "The Lily of the Tenements" is a short drama. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

     

    A working girl lacking rent money tries to resist the unwelcome advances of her landlord.

     

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  • "The Message of the Violin" (1910) - hidden gem

    Stephanie Longfellow and Charles West in The Message of the Violin 1910 Billy Bitzer

        Stephanie Longfellow and Charles West


    Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             Charles West, Stephanie Longfellow, Dell Henderson
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                      October 24, 1910
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    13 m.

     

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    "The Message of the Violin" is a short drama. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

     

    A girl's family suddenly becomes rich and rejects her long-time sweetheart.

     

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  • "The Paymaster" (1906) - hidden gem

    Untitled

       A scene from the film


    Directed by                       unknown
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             Gene Gauntier, Gordon Burbe, Jim Slevin
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                       June 28, 1906
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    8 m.

     

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    "The Paymaster" is a short drama.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

     

    A payroll clerk is framed by a man competing with him for the attentions of a mill girl.

     

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  • "The Two Paths" (1911) - hidden gem

    Wilfred Lucas in The Two Paths 1911 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 01

        Wilfred Lucas


    Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             Dorothy Bernard, Wilfred Lucas, Adolph Lestina
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                       January 2, 1911
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    12 m.

     

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    "The Two Paths" is a short drama.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

     

    One sister stays at home, while the other chooses the "easy way" and becomes a rich man's mistress.

     

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  • "The Usurer" (1910) - hidden gem

    Grace Henderson and George Nichols in The Usurer 1910 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 00

        Grace Henderson and George Nichols


    Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             George Nichols, Kate Bruce, Henry B. Walthall, Claire McDowell, Grace Henderson
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                       August 15, 1910
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    18 m.

     

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    "The Usurer" is a short drama.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

     

    A merciless usurer meets his day of reckoning.

     

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  • "The Wanderer" (1913) - hidden gem

    Harry Carey and Claire McDowell in The Wanderer 1913 cinematographer Billy Bitzer 00

        Harry Carey and Claire McDowell

    Directed by                       unknown (see NOTE below)
    Cinematography by        Billy Bitzer
    Starring                             Harry Carey, Claire McDowell, Charles Hill Mailes
    Distributed by                   Biograph Company
    Release date                       May, 1913
    Country                             United States
    Running time                    10 m.

     

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    "The Wanderer" is a short drama.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

    A man apparently loses all interest in life and starts wandering around. His useless existence is interrupted for one day, when a woman gives him food and he finds a way to repay her.

     

    NOTE:

    All film sites cite a film "The Wanderer" (1913) directed by D.W. Griffith and starring Henry B. Walthall as the Wanderer, who also plays a flute. As you can see, in our film there is no flute and Henry B. Walthall does not act.

    The film that we show matches the description of "Olaf - An Atom" (1913) directed by Anthony O’Sullivan, also a Biograph Company production, and starring Harry Carey. 

    The opening titles show "The Wanderer" and we will leave it as it is.  When and if a film shows up with the title "The Wanderer" (1913) directed by D.W. Griffith starring Henry B. Walthall as the Wanderer, we will revisit this issue and clarify the mystery.

     

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