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The Thanhouser Studio and the Birth of American Cinema
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Volume 1
The Early Years
Volume 2
Under the Mutual Banner
Volume 3
Edwin Thanhouser Returns
Volume 4
The Vicar of Wakefield (1910-1917)
Volume 5
Kids and Dogs (1911-1915)
Volume 6 Thanhouser Stars Emerge (1911-1917) Thanhouser Classics DVD
Treasures from the Desmet Collection at the EYE Filmmuseum (1910-1917)
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Volume 7
Thanhouser Presents Shakespeare
(1910 to 1917)
Volume 8
Thanhouser Presents the Classics
(1912 to 1915)
Volume 9
Lloyd Lonergan's Legacy
(1910 to 1917)
Volume 10
More Early Thanhouser
(1910 to 1912)
Volume 11
The Genius of Charles J. Hite
(1913 to 1914)
Volume 12
Edwin and Gertrude Return
(1915 to 1916)
David Copperfield (1911)

Treasures from the Library of Congress (1910-1915)



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Alphabetical Index to Thanhouser Films
Each film is accompanied by new and original music composed and performed exclusively for this collection plus film notes by Victor Graf and Ned Thanhouser, including a historical perspective on the rise and fall of the Thanhouser film enterprise (Click here to see a Chronological listing of films).

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The Actor's Children 3/15/1910 The first Thanhouser release about the disappearance of an actor's children, their thrilling adventure and how they return to their parents. Volume 10
An American in the Making 4/22/1913 An industrial safety film that opens with the immigration of Bela Tokaji, a Hungarian worker, to the United States, and closes with his marriage to his English teacher. Online
The Center of the Web 12/1/14 Who Let the Dogs Out? Thirty German police dogs are the heroes of this crime drama centered on the round up of a gang of counterfeiters Volume 11
Cinderella 12/22/11 Elaborately produced version of the well known George O. Nichols fairy tale, with Florence LaBadie and Harry Benham. EYE version has an insightful commentary track by film scholar Judith Buchanan of the University of York. Volume 1,
A Circus Stowaway 6/2/11 An orphan boy sneaks into a Barnum & Bailey circus and falls asleep. He overhears a plot by the ringmaster to steal money from his protector, and saves the day. LoC
Clarence Cheats at Croquet 12/9/15 In this "Falstaff" comedy, two rivals face off at croquet. One wins out because of his honesty and Clarence gets it wrong because he cheats. EYE
The Coffin Ship 6/20/11 Love story filmed in Long Island Sound with a stowaway and a shipwreck, featuring William Garwood. Volume 1,
Crossed Wires 6/29/15 Popular suspense drama in two reels with innovative camera technique, with Florence LaBadie and Morris Foster. Volume 3
The Cry of the Children 4/30/12 Critical pre-World War I film on child labor reform, photographed by Carl Louis Gregory. Volume 2,
Cymbeline 3/28/13 Energetic cinematic pacing and intimacy show rapidly improving narrative technique and realism well beyond the limitations of the stage. Volume 7
Daddy's Double 4/15/10 A deft comedy about a foiled elopement and assumed identity shows the importance of a carefully worked out scenario for narrative flow. Volume 9
David Copperfield 10/1911 Based on Charles Dickens’s 1850 immortal story of an English lad's tribulation-filled journey to adulthood Copperfield
The Decoy 7/3/14 Complex story of romance and crime, with Murial Ostriche and Morgan Jones (a Princess Film). Volume 2
A Dog's Love 10/4/14 Fantasy about the love between a child (Helen Badgley "The Kidlet") and her dog ("Shep" The Thanhouser Collie). Volume 2
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1/16/12 James Cruze featured as Jekyll/Hyde in this second U.S. film version of the classic novel by Robert Lewis Stevenson. Volume 1,
Down on the Phony Farm 10/12/15 Short Paul Terry cartoon distributed by Thanhouser before the Terrytoons studio opened in 1929. Al Falfa grows a pitcher of beer and Clara the cow goes wild! LoC
An Elevator Romance 4/28/11 A one-reel portrayal of the thrilling adventures, sharp trials and real perils encountered in an office building aflame. EYE
An Elusive Diamond 1/23/14 A one-reel crime drama with crooks, ruses, kidnapping, escape, and a twist, all wrapped in a coherent narrative. Volume 9
The Evidence of the Film 1/10/13 Discovered in 1999 on the floor of a Montana projection booth, this is a good crime tale with film making as a subject. Volume 5
The Farmer's Daughters 9/28/13 The daughters of the farmer do some very good character work fooling young college graduates who are bent on matrimony. Iincidental glimpses of American farm life considerably enhance the value of the film. Volume 11
Fires of Youth 6/17/17 Wealthy industrialist (Frederick Warde) seeks to regain his youth (Jeanne Eagles) in this cut down two-reel version. Volume 6
Get Rich Quick 5/26/11 A moral tale about material wealth, with William Garwood, William Russell and Marguerite Snow. Volume 1
Her Nephews from Labrador 1/26/13 The young men from Labrador can't keep cool in the middle of a severe winter. They skate on the ice, attired simply in bathing suits, and plunge repeatedly into the icy water. There is no faking in the picture. Volume 11,
His Great Uncle's Spirit 3/8/12 Full of amazing trick situations that will leave you dazed and delighted! Volume 10
His Uncle's Wives 2/2/13 An artist unexpectedly inherits six wives who come to him from his uncle in Constantinople. His wife makes serious objections, and he finally packs them off to join a theatrical troupe, and happiness is restored. Volume 11
In a Garden 10/25/12 The gardener tells the story he has seen unfolded within the precincts of a beautiful spot - the beginning of affection between two, the quarrel, and the reconciliation years afterward. Volume 10
In the Hands of the Enemy 11/16/15 A story of a woman spy, her son and a firing squad draws its analogies from the world war; full of intense situations and graphic action.  Volume 12
In de Tropische Zee
(In the Tropical Seas)
1914 Carl Louis Gregory, Thanhouser's senior cameraman, employed the Williamson Submarine Tube, an air-filled iron tube with a viewing chamber, to produce the first underwater motion pictures. Volume 11
Joseph in the Land of Egypt 2/1/14 Four reel “Thanhouser Big Production” features James Cruze and scenario by Lloyd F. Lonergan from Liebler's stage drama, Joseph and His Brethren, in turn taken from a biblical story. Volume 11
Just a Shabby Doll 3/11/13 A romantic story utilizing flashback sequences, featuring Harry Benham, Mignon Anderson and Helen Badgley. Volume 5,
King Lear 12/17/16 Frederick Warde, one of the best known stage actors of his generation, stars in this 2 1/2 reel abridged version cut down from the original five. Volume 7
King Rene's Daughter 7/1/13 A very romantic fiction  set in renaissance France with florid, rich costuming. Volume 8
Little Brother 11/7/13 May's "Little Brother" outs his crab catch to good use and reunites May and Jack. LoC
The Little Girl Next Door 11/1/12 Tragic drama with a moral lesson, features the "Thanhouser Twins" Marion and Madeline Fairbanks. Volume 5
Madam Blanche, Beauty Doctor 7/9/15 Light comedy with satirical social observation, features Riley Chamberlin and Harry Benham (Falstaff release). Volume 6
Marble Heart 5/13/13 A story of unrequited love, with three popular Thanhouser stars James Cruze, Margurite Snow and Florence LaBadie. Volume 6
The Marvelous Marathoner 1/16/15 An energetic and vivacious Falstaff comedy with good pacing combining physical comedy (without slapstick) with situation comedy. Volume 9
The Mistake of Mammy Lou 11/7/15 The old colored mammy misconstrues her lovelorn mistress' actions to be suicide. She inadvertently saves the day when a robber enters the scene LoC
A Modern Monte Cristo 2/4/17

Derived from the 1844 novel by French author Alexandre Dumas, this five reel feature adaptation tells the classic story of betrayal and revenge.

Nicholas Nickleby 3/19/12 With Nicholas Nickleby release, Thanhouser established itself as producer of the best Dickens adaptations in American film. Volume 8
Not Guilty 9/20/10 A man wrongfully convicted escapes, evades capture, and is vindicated. LoC
Oh, What a Knight! 10/22/10 A young girl dreams of rescue by a knight of old only to awake and learn knights of old are foreign to the modern age. LoC
Old Jane of the Gaiety 7/18/15 Old Jane, the wardrobe woman, is an institution at the Gaiety Theatre. She keeps a watchful eye on the younger girls, especially little Nina Fagnant, a serious child with genuine ability.  Volume 12
The Only Girl in Camp 1/10/11 Thieves use trickery to part citizens of the town from their money, but the "Only Girl in Camp" figures out the ruse and saves the day with her father's bear traps! LoC
Only in the Way 1/31/11 Family disharmony with a happy ending, featuring Marie Eline "The Thanhouser Kid". Volume 1,
The Pasha's Daughter 1/3/11 A young American man in trouble is assisted by the daughter of the pasha to escape in woman's clothes from Turkey. Volume 10
Petticoat Camp 11/3/12 Early "women's lib" with a comedy twist, with Florence LaBadie, William Russell and William Garwood. Volume 2,
The Picture of Dorian Gray 7/20/15 Based on Oscar Wilde's novel, this two-reeler tells the story of Dorian Gray's hedonistic worldview that beauty and sensual fulfillment are the only things worth pursuing in life, with commentary track by Judith Buchanan and James Williams. LoC
The Portrait of Lady Anne 7/23/12 In 1770, the beautiful Lady Anne in a jealous fit throws over her lover who goes away to the war and is killed. Fast forward to 1912 where a descendant of Lady Anne is entertaining and much the same happens. Volume 10
Seven Ages of an Alligator 2/2/13 Shows the alligator in several stages of growth, from babyhood to a ripe old age; a film taken at an alligator farm in California. Volume 11
She 12/26/11 Thanhouser's first two reel film, an adventure/fantasy, with James Cruze in dual role of the hero. Volume 6
Silas Marner 3/31/11 Frank H. Crane and Marie Eline star in this one-reel rendition of George Eliot's (nom de plume of Mary Ann Evans) story of the same name. EYE
Silas Marner 2/19/16 Frederick Warde in his motion picture debut as the bent and twisted miser whose life of selfishness is changed by the influence of a child. Volume 12
Shep's Race with Death 11/1/14 Heroic dog "Shep" saves the day, also featuring the "Thanhouser Twins" Marion and Madeline Fairbanks.. Volume 5
The Soap Suds Star 10/28/15 Comedy about a down-and-out vaudeville team who attempt Shakespeare and destroy their career (Falstaff release). Volume 3
The Spoiled Darling's Doll 4/4/13 The Darling and the Doll are exceptionally clever and interesting in this film about a spoiled, naughty child and her doll who comes to life in her dreams. EYE
The Star of Bethlehem 12/24/12 Biblical tale about the birth of Christ told with a cast of 100's, one reel British version edited from original three reel release. Volume 2
Tannhäuser 7/15/13 The story, set in medieval Germany, tells of chivalry, mythology and magic (with skillful in-camera tricks), love’s redemption, and tragedy. Volume 8
The Tell-Tale Scar 8/9/14 Pietro discovers the crook with the "tell-tale scar," locates his hideout, fights the crooks until the police arrive winning a $500 reward to win the hand of Maria. LoC
Their One Love 5/2/15 Civil War drama with spectacular night battle sequences, featuring "The Twins" Marion and Madeline Fairbanks. Volume 5,
The Tiniest of Stars 1/14/13 Family drama of a a brother ("The Kid" Marie Eline) and sister ("The Kidlet" Helen Badgley) who take to the stage. Volume 5
The Two Roses 6/7/1910 Thanhouser's 16th release and was advertised as "A powerful, pathetic, pretty story of life in Little Italy." Online Only
Uncle's Namesakes 12/12/13 Comedy about twin "boys"  who deceive their rich English uncle, with Marion and Madeline Fairbanks ("The Twins"). Volume 5
The Vagabonds 8/29/15 A series of flashbacks where a penniless, friendless tramp and his dog relates the story of his downfall due to drink. Volume 8
The Vicar of Wakefield (1910) 12/17/10 One reel version of Oliver Goldsmith's classic 1766 novel. Volume 4,
The Vicar of Wakefield (1917) 2/25/17 Elaborate remake starring Frederick Warde in eight reels, released by Pathé. Volume 4
The Voice of Conscience 9/3/12 Two girls fall in love with the same man. Out motoring one day they are thrown from the car and carried to the hospital. One of the girls poisons the other. The story swings into a very pleasant finish. Volume 10
When a Count Counted 8/25/12 A young stenographer on vacation visits a fashionable seaside resort only to be rejected by her new "friends." Her office worker comes to save the day. LoC
When Hungry Hamlet Fled 8/17/15 Hilarious comedy released under the Falstaff brand with a romantic vagrant turns a dramatic stage performance into a howling burlesque. LoC
When the Studio Burned 2/4/13 Fictional drama exploiting the fire that actually struck the Thanhouser studio on January 13, 1913 and burned the main facility to the ground. Volume 9
The Winter's Tale 5/27/10 The first of six Shakespeare films released by Thanhouser, scenario by Lloyd F. Lonergan and Gertrude Thanhouser. Volume 7
The Woman in White 7/1/17 Five reel feature film based on Wilkie Collins novel with special lighting effects, a technical tour de force as well as dramatically effective. Volume 9
The World and the Woman 11/19/16 Jeanne Eagel's film debut tells the story of a prostitute turned faith healer in this five reel feature, released by Pathé. Volume 3
Young Lord Stanley 10/28/10 A nobleman stoops to manual labor when his funds grow low and falls deeply in love with his employer's daughter. Volume 10
Zudora, Episode #2: The Mystery of the Sleeping House 11/30/14 A story teeming with love and the fiery romantic impulsiveness of the East is told in the two-reel drama, the second episode in Thanhouser's production of Dr. Daniel Carson Goodman's serial photoplay. Volume 12

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