Edwin Carewe
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Filmography


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1907

Opening November 25, 1907


Cast

  • Chauncey Olcott - Bryan O'Neill
  • Mildren Beverly - Lady Croft
  • Edwin Carewe - Laurence Desmond
  • Quincy C. Bass Jr. - Lieutenant of City Guard
  • George Brennan - Lieutenant Beraud
  • Rose Curry - Kate Fitzroy

1912


Released September 30, 1912

Producer - Siegmund Lubin

Cast

  • Edwin Carewe - John Mason
  • Edna Payne - Madge
  • Earl Metcalf - Harry Tennant
  • Lucie K. Villa - Mrs. Mason
  • Marie Carewe - John Mason's sister

Producer - Siegmund Lubin


Cast

  • Edwin Carewe - Harold Noyes
  • Edna Payne - Lucy Blackwell, The Moonshiner's Daughter
  • Earl Metcalf - Zeb Borth
  • Lucie K. Villa - Mrs. Blackwell
  • L.C. Phillips - Mr. Blackwell

Director - George Nichols
Producer - Siegmund Lubin

Cast

  • Edwin Carewe – Gentleman Joe
  • Edna Payne – Alice Blake
  • Lucie K. Villa – Mrs. Blake

Released by The Tampa Bay Film Company

Cast

  • Edwin Carewe
  • Arline Pretty
  • Emilie Lessing

Released November 9, 1912

  • Director - Oscar Eagle
  • Producer - Siegmund Lubin

Cast

  • Edwin Carewe – Tom Williams
  • Edna Payne – Elsie Dane
  • Earl Metcalf – Bill Graw
  • L.C. Phillips – Capt. Dane

1913


  • Director - Frank V. Beal
  • Location – Denver, Colorado

Cast

  • Ninita Bristow - Imigrant
  • Edwin Carewe - Procurer
  • Virginia Mann - Victim
  • Elinor O. Peterson
  • Jean Thomas – Procurer’s sweatheart
  • <Scenario>
    A dramatization of the methods in which young women are abducted or otherwise procured for prostitution.




Cast

  • The Judgment of the Deep – Actor
  • Tamora, the Gypsy - Actor
  • Love’s Justice – Actor
  • It Might Have Been – Actor





Released January 17, 1913

  • Director - Wilbert Melville

Cast

  • Edwin Carewe – Luis Rivera, The Mexican Spy
  • Edna Payne – Mary Lee, The Paymaster’s Daughter
  • Earl Metcalfe – Tom Loring, The Colonel’s Son
  • L.C. Phillips – Col. Loring
  • William Wells – Paymaster Lee



Released February 1, 1913

  • Director - Wilbert Melville

Cast

  • Edwin Carewe – Sgt. Ross
  • Edna Payne – Blanche Burton
  • Earl Metcalfe – Pvt. Smith
  • E.J. Phillips – John Burton, Blanche’s Father
  • Lucie K. Villa – Lucy Burton, Blanche’s Mother

  • Down on the Rio Grande – Actor
  • The Regeneration of Nancy – Actor
  • The Supreme Sacrifice – Actor
  • The First Prize – Actor
  • The Soul of a Rose – Actor
  • Dolores’ Decision – Actor
  • The Moonshiner’s Wife – Actor








Released March 31, 1913

  • Director – George Nichols
  • Filmed in Jacksonville, Florida

Cast

  • Ormi Hawley – Malmama
  • Edwin Carewe – Grafar
  • Mrs. George O. Nichols – Assina
  • Irving White
  • John Ince
  • Earl Metcalfe



Released April 28, 1913
  • Director – George Nichols

Cast

  • Edwin Carewe – Haschem, The Caliph
  • Ormi Hawley – Amina, Maisara’s Daughter
  • Lottie Briscoe – The Wronged Widow
  • John Ince – Maisara, The Arab
  • Ernestine Morley


Released May 9, 1913
  • Director – George Nichols

Cast

  • Edwin Carewe – John Colby
  • Ormi Hawley – Betty Carter
  • Irving White – Lige Carter, Betty’s Father


Released December 10, 1913
  • Directors – Wallace Reid, Willis Robards

Cast

  • Wallace Redi
  • Edwin Carewe
  • Dorothy Davenport
  • Ed Brady
  • Phil Dunham
  • Frank Borzage



  • Director – George Nichols

Cast

  • Edwin Carewe – Walter Trask
  • Ernestine Morley – Myrtle Green
  • Earl Metcalfe – Balk, The Rival




Released July 11, 1913
  • Director – George Nichols

Cast

  • Edwin Carewe – Paul Clark
  • Ormi Hawley – Clara Jackson
  • Ernestine Morley – Paul’s Wife – Alice
  • Viola Alberti – Mistress of the Boarding House

Released July 29, 1913
  • Director – George Nichols

Cast

  • Edwin Carewe – Paul Shields
  • Ormi Hawley – Mary Holmes
  • Earl Metcalfe – Jack Ames



Released September 15, 1913
  • Director – George Nichols

Cast

  • Edwin Carewe – Vincente
  • Ernestine Morley – Bettina
  • George Nichols – Bradley

1914



Released November 2, 1914

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writer – Charles Blaney, Edwin Carewe

Cast

  • Dorothy Dalton – Elsie Escott
  • Samuel E. Hines
  • Robert Warwick
  • Barbara Tennant
  • <Scenario>

    On their way to Montana, the Escott family is attacked by Indians, after which Lieutenant Joe Lanier finds little Elsie Escott, the sole survivor, and takes her to live with his mother. As Elsie grows to womanhood, Joe leaves the army and becomes a successful miner, falling in love with her over the years. His jealousy over the attentions of Bob Stanton, a handsome stranger, angers Elsie though, and she plans to elope with Stanton. When war with Spain is declared, Joe abandons his quest for Elsie and reenlists in the army. Meanwhile, she discovers that Stanton is a womanizer and realizes her love for Joe. Disguised as a soldier and aided by war correspondent Willie Live, Elsie travels to the Philippines, where an officer assigns his "recruit" the task of delivering an important message to Joe's company. Elsie penetrates the enemy lines and saves Joe and his men who then complete their heroic fight.


1915

  • Cora - Actor, Director

Released May 9, 1915

Cast

  • Edwin Carewe – George Garnier
  • Emily Stevens – Cora
  • Frank Elliot
  • Ethel Stewart

Released July 12, 1015

  • Director – Edwin Carewe

Cast

  • Edward Connelly – Capt. Covington Halliday
  • Louise Huff – Martha Halliday
  • John J. Williams – Uncle Dan
  • Lyster Chambers – Walter Lewis
  • Howard Truesdell – Edward Bantree>
  • Paul Dallzell – Jim Daly

Released September 6, 1915
  • Director – Edwin Carewe

Cast

  • Emily Stevens – Mary Gadman
  • George LeGuere – The Boy
  • Walter Hitchcock – The Connoisseur
  • Theodore Babcock – Standish
  • Fred Stone – Parishioner
  • Howard Truesdell – Father Anthony
  • Henry Bergman – Avarice
  • Effingham Pinto – Lust
  • Del DeLois – Rum
  • Florence Short – Passion
  • Vivian Oakland – Beauty
  • Ralph Austin – the Neighbor
  • Edwin Martin – Father Time

Released October 18, 1915

  • Director – Edwin Carewe

Cast

  • Ethel Barrymore – Mrs. Murray Campbell
  • Beatrice Maude – Hortense Carleson
  • Mahlon Hamilton – Murray Campbell, The District Attorney
  • H. Cooper Cliffe – Ross, The Chemist
  • Percy Standing – Strong, The Wealthy
  • Paul Lawrence
  • <Scenario>

    An actress (Ethel Barrymore) has three suitors, Ross, a chemist (H. Cooper Cliffe), the wealthy Strong (Percy Standing), and Campbell, a poor but up-and-coming district attorney (Mahlon Hamilton). Campbell marries her, and while Strong remains her friend, Ross angrily decides to get revenge on his rival. He sends Campbell a letter which contains a deadly poison. Strong, however, opens it up at Campbell's innocent request and he becomes the victim instead. Because of circumstantial evidence -- Campbell was known to be jealous of his wife's friendship with Strong -- the DA is tried and convicted of the crime. But his wife knows something is fishy, and through her investigation, Ross is discovered to be the murderer.



Released December 13, 1015
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Frank Mitchell Dazey, June Mathis

Cast

  • Emily Stevens – Mrs. Alice Collingwood
  • Henri Bergman – Robert Collingwood
  • Walter Hitchcock – Henry Thorne
  • George Brennan – John
  • Madge Tyrone – Nurse
  • Bernard Randall

1916


Released May 1, 1916

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writer – Mary Rider

Cast

  • Mabel Taliaferro – Lois Wheeler
  • Edwin Carewe – Jean Corteau
  • James Cruze – Bruce Mitchell
  • Warren Cook – John Wheeler
  • Arthur Evars – Pierre
  • Walter Hitchcock – Michael Flynn
  • Kitty Stevens – Zoe
  • John Melody – Magistrate Le Blanc
  • <Scenario>

    John Wheeler (Warren Cook) gets himself in some financial hot water and needs to prove that he is half owner of some land in Canada. But the only person with a copy of the deed is Jean Corteau (Edwin Carewe, who also directed), and Corteau has gone up to the property and decided to claim all of it for himself. In lieu of the money owed him, Bruce Mitchell (James Cruze) tells Wheeler that he will accept the hand of his daughter Lois (Mabel Taliaferro) in marriage. Lois can't stand Mitchell, so she disguises herself as a boy and makes her way to Corteau. Corteau eventually wises up to the fact that Lois is a girl, and Lois explains her dilemma. At this juncture, Wheeler and Mitchell, who have been searching for Lois, arrive at Corteau's cabin. There is a fierce battle in which Mitchell stabs Corteau and Corteau mortally wounds Mitchell. Corteau recovers from his injuries and marries Lois, with whom he has fallen in love. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi


  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Tom Barry, June Mathis

Cast

  • James Lackaye – Judge Mitchell
  • George Le Guere – Coventry Petmore
  • Fred Sittenham – Larry Price
  • Marguerite Snow – Beatrice Mitchell
  • Frederic Sumner – Rev. James Mitchell


Released March 27, 1916

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Florence Auer, June Mathis

Cast

  • Mabel Taliaferro – Alice Lambert
  • Henry Mortimer – Tom Leighton
  • Richard Barbee - Larry
  • George Fauncefort - Henry
  • William Cahill - Tony
  • Jeanette Horton
  • <Scenario>

    It's New Year's Eve, but writer Alice Lambert (Mabel Taliaferro), who has had bad luck selling her stories, is not celebrating. She pours her heart out to her three friends, Larry (Richard Barbee), Henry (George Fauncefort), and Tony (William Cahill). Larry, after looking over her rejected manuscripts, suggests that she write something with a new twist. But their little party breaks up over an argument, and Alice is alone when Larry's friend, Tom Leighton (Henry Mortimer) arrives. Alice is in such a deep depression that she is about to commit suicide, but Leighton convinces her to make a deal with him. If she will hold off for a year, he will take out a policy on her life for $50,000. Out of that he will loan her $30,000 (quite a sum in those days), and when she kills herself in a year, he will collect on the policy, thus getting the original $30,000 back, plus $20,000 in interest. She agrees and has a great year, enjoying all sorts of luxuries and falling in love with Leighton. Unfortunately, Leighton is already engaged to someone else (Jeanette Horton), so by the end of the year, Alice is miserable again and ready to kill herself. It turns out that Leighton's fiancée is willing to break off the engagement, but when he rushes to Alice, he discovers that he is too late. Then the picture cuts back to the original New Year's Eve -- the whole film was just the "new twist" that Alice had put in one of her stories.



Released August 1, 1916
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Shannon Fife, June Mathis

Cast

  • Mabel Taliaferro – Blossom
  • Jack W. Johnson – Henry Norman
  • Helen Dahl – Rose Norman
  • Lorraine Frost – Bess Norman
  • Richard Neill – Perry Westley
  • John Smiley – Professor Sterling
  • Daniel Jarrett – Parker
  • Miriam Hutchins - Lucy

Released September 25, 1916

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Channing Pollack, Renold Wolf

Cast

  • Mabel Taliaferro – Jacqueline Allen
  • Robert Frazer – John Lang
  • Leslie Stowe – Miles Allen
  • Peter Lang – Capt. Ben Durling
  • D.H. Turner – Chief of the Revenue Office
  • John M. La Mond – Tim

Released November 27, 1916

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Shannon Fife, June Mathis

Cast

  • Mabel Taliaferro
  • Helen Alexandria
  • Raymond McKee
  • Gerald Griffin
  • Maggie Breyer
  • Warner Anderson

1917


Released March 5, 1917

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – June Mathis, Hamilton Smith

Cast

  • Mabel Taliaferro – Hope Merrill
  • Frank Currier – Amos Merrill
  • Clifford Bruce – John Cook
  • Robert Rendel – Gerald Hastings
  • Emile Collins - Butler

Released May, 1917

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writer – James Oliver Curwood

Cast

  • Thomas Holding – Jan Thoreau
  • Piercy Standing – Cpl. Blake
  • Edward Porter – Sgt. Fitzgerald
  • Fred Jones – Francois Breault
  • William A. Cohill – Pastamoo
  • <Scenario>

    When postman Francois Breault (Fred Jones) is murdered, the Northwest Mounted Police send Corporal Blake (Percy G. Standing) to apprehend the killer. Circumstantial evidence points to Jan Thoreau (Thomas Holding) as the guilty party, but when Blake arrives at Thoreau's cabin, he isn't home. His wife, Marie (Jane Grey), however, is there. Blake pretends to be a friend of Thoreau's and she admits that yes, her husband and Breault had a disagreement and that he was away from home for a period of time. Blake, convinced that he has an open-and-shut case, tells Marie that he will let Thoreau get away if she give in to his lecherous demands. After a struggle, she is ready to give in, but then Thoreau arrives home. Blake arrests him, but Marie helps him to escape. Blake gives chase, but back at the post, the half-breed Pastamoo (William A. Cohill) confesses to the murder. The officers dash to the Thoreau cabin, and Blake starts a gunfight in which he winds up dead. With that, the Thoreaus are able to go back to their lives. This picture was adapted from the play The Fiddling Man by James Oliver Curwood. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi



Released June 18, 1917
  • Director’s – Edwin Carewe, Edward LeSaint
  • Writers – Albert S. Le Vino, Louis Wolheim

Cast

  • Ethel Barrymore – Miriam Monroe
  • William B. Davidson – John Conrad
  • Harry Northrup – Albert Bernard
  • Frank Currier – Randolph Monroe
  • William Black – Bradford Duncan
  • Cecil Owen – Eric Johansen
  • Frederick Truesdell – Pro. Poole
  • Redfield Clarke – Maj. Gen. Foster
  • Rudolph De. Cordova – Williams
  • W.M. Armstrong – Capt. Herbert


Released July 9, 1917
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – O.A.C. Lund, June Mathis

Cast

  • Emmy Wehlen – Sylvia Mason
  • Eugene Strong – Henry Hilliard
  • Harry Northrup – Jack Leslie
  • Frank Currier – Mr. Mason
  • Fuller Mellish – Padre Constantine
  • Kate Blanke – Mrs. Hilliard
  • Alice McChesney – Clara Hilliard
  • De Jalma West – Sgt. Keen

Released September 17, 1917

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writer – Charles Logue

Cast

  • Francis X. Bushman – James Van Dyke Moore
  • Beverly Bayne – Mollie Anderson
  • Henry Mortimer – Robert Forrest
  • Harry Northrup – Ace High Horton
  • Mildred Adams – Verda Forrest
  • James Robert Chandler – Pop Anderson
  • John Smiley – Peters
  • Thomas Delmar – Pay Dirt Thompson

Released 1917
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Finis Fox, June Mathis

Cast

  • Francis X. Bushman – William Poatter
  • Beverly Bayne – Allane Houston
  • Harry Northrup – Dick Liggett
  • Maggie Breyer – Mrs. Wallace Houston
  • Pauline Dempsey – Aunt Jennie
  • Walter Broussard – Crazy Pete

1918


Released March 31, 1918

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writer – Kate Jordan

Cast

  • Mary Garden – Dolores Fargis
  • Hamilton Revelle – Dr. Hugh Maxwell
  • Anders Randolf – Rudolph Von Zorn
  • Hassan Mussalli – Musician
  • Henry Pettibone – Detective
  • Roberta Bellinger – Louise
  • <Scenario>

    A rather ridiculous war time romance, The Splendid Sinner was one of two films to star opera diva Mary Garden. The Scottish-born singer played Dolores Fargis, who loses her husband (Hamilton Revelle) when her sordid past is revealed. Years later, the couple is reunited in, of all places, war-torn Germany, where he is a captured soldier, and she is a Red Cross nurse. Reformed and repentant, Dolores saves the life of her former husband before bravely facing a firing squad. Deprived of her famous vocal chords, Garden was not much of an actress, and she quickly returned to the Metropolitan and other opera venues.



Released May 6, 1918
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – June Mathis, Charles Alden Seltzer

Cast

  • Bert Lytell – New ‘Dakota’ Keegles
  • Anna Q. Nilsson – Sheila Langford
  • Harry Northrup – Jack Duncan
  • Earnest Maupain – David Langford
  • John Smiley – Ben Doubler
  • Danny Hogan – ‘Texas’ Blanco
  • <Scenario>

    After a few so-so film appearances, Bert Lytell graduated to full stardom in Metro's The Trail to Yesterday. Having been forced to leave his Eastern home in disgrace, cowboy Lytell is in no mood to entertain visitors, and when heroine Anna Q. Nilsson takes refuge in his cabin during a storm, he is all for throwing her out. He changes his mind when he discovers that the girl's father (Ernest Maupin was the man responsible for ruining his life. Vengefully, Lytell forces the girl to marry him, but she escapes his clutches -- only to return to him when she learns that her father isn't her father, and that Lytell has been dealt a dishonest hand. The film's plot was actually a bit more complicated than this, but basically The Trail to Yesterday is a story of regeneration, of the sort that Bert Lytell always did so well. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi



Released June 17, 1918
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Katherine Kavanaugh, June Mathis

Cast

  • Emmy Wehlen – Pamela Martin
  • Joseph Kilgour – Douglas Martin
  • Hugh Thompson – Frank Steele
  • Helen Lindroth – Mrs. Stanley Cartwright
  • Maude Hill – Mrs. Alicia Temple
  • <Scenario>

    Against her mother's wishes, Pamela Martin (Emmy Wehlan) becomes engaged to struggling lawyer Frank Steele (Hugh Thompson). Working in concert with Pamela's mom, the girl's oily ex-suitor Gilbert Martin (Joseph Kilgour) frames Steele on a robbery charge, promising not to prosecute if Pamela will agree to marry Martin. It so happens that Gilbert Martin has a twin brother named Douglas (also played by Joseph Kilgour), who has wrongly been committed to an insane asylum so that Gilbert can lay claim to the family fortune. Douglas escapes from the asylum and catches up with Gilbert, and in the ensuing struggle Douglas is killed. Facing charges for a previous crime, Gilbert hastily changes clothes with Douglas and escapes. The police arrive, find the body of "Gilbert," and accuse Pamela of murder. She is acquitted thanks to the legal know-how of Frank Steele, whom she marries after the trial. Meanwhile, Gilbert returns, intending to drive Pamela insane by posing as a ghost. Gilbert's motivation for his actions are somewhat hazy, but the end result is most satisfying: Trapped by Pamela's new husband, Gilbert pays for his sins in a spectacular fall from a third-story window. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi



Released October 1918
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Francis Perry Elliott, Lee Wilson Dodd

Cast

  • Harold Lockwood – Danny Rowland
  • Rubye De Remer – Jean Logan
  • James Lackaye – Dominie
  • Frank DeVernon – Judge Logan
  • Richard Neill – Dr. Harry Chilton
  • Anthony Byrd – Uncle Alex
  • Pauline Dempsey – Aunt Caroline
  • Walter P. Lewis – The Sheriff
  • Rollo Lloyd – The Squirrel
  • <Scenario>

    Harold Lockwood in THE BIG BROADWAY SUCCESS

    Pals The brilliant young star, Harold Lockwood, has a splendid vehicle in "Pals First," which has won the admiration of hosts of people, first as a book and then as a play on the dramatic stage. Mr. Lockwood introduces it to the third great medium, the screen, so that millions may enjoy its mystery, charm and action. The star has the part of Danny Rowland, a tramp, afterwards known as Dick Castelman, a wealthy young man. His "pal," Dominie, shares good and bad days alike with him, and the two have a strange series of adventures. Love, and fortune, are showered upon "Dick," to Dominie's great mystification, and the threads of the story become more and more entangled. The finish of the play contains a real surprise, as well as complete satisfaction for everyone. "Pals First" will prove a real delight.



Released October 1, 1918
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writer – Finis Fox

Cast

  • Harold Lockwood – Jimmy
  • Frank Currier
  • Louis Stern
  • <Scenario>

    Jimmy, a millionaire's son, discovers the family butler is really a German spy.


1919


Released January 19, 1919

  • Director – Edwin Carewe, Henry Otto

Cast

  • Harold Lockwood – Rupert Danza
  • Rubye De Remer – Althea Hanway
  • Joseph Granby – Prince Boris
  • Frank Currier – King Rudolph
  • Helen Lindroth – Olga Marie
  • Franklyn Hanna – John P. Hanway
  • Clare Grenville – Mrs. Hanway

Released February 23, 1919

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writer – Finis Fox, George Gibbs

Cast

  • Harold Lockwood – Cyril Hammersley
  • Naomi Childers – Doris Mathers
  • Helen Lindroth – Lady Betty Heathcote
  • Kenneth Keating – Geoffrey Mathers
  • William Bailey – Capt. Walter Byfield
  • Bigelow Cooper – Sir John Rizzio
  • Leslie T. Peacocke – Chief of Scotland Yard
  • <Scenario>

    Since he did not survive into the 1920s -- the golden era for silent movies -- few people today realize that Harold Lockwood was an extremely popular matinee idol. At the time of his death from influenza in 1918, he had several films in the can, which were released in the first few months of 1919. Judging from the plot alone, it's obvious that this melodrama was made before the end of World War I. Cyril Hammersley (Lockwood) is an Englishman engaged to an American girl, Doris Mathers (Naomi Childers). Doris does not understand why Hammersley isn't fighting for his country, and he can't explain that it's because he's a member of the secret service. Hammersley's jealous rival for Doris is Sir John Rizzio (Bigelow Cooper), who is also part of a German spy network. Rizzio tries to convince Doris that Hammersley is the one who's a tool of the Germans. Hammersley then gets his hands on a pack of cigarette papers bearing a secret code -- a message containing a plan to blow up London. The papers were meant for Rizzio, and he locks Hammersley away. Hammersley, however, has already given the papers to Doris, and Rizzio takes them from her by force. Doris calls on Scotland Yard for help and they retrieve the evil plans. Hammersley is freed and is reunited with Doris.



Released 1919

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writer – June Mathis

Cast

  • Anna Q. Nilsson – Audrie Hendrie
  • Joe King – Alexander Hendrie

Released April 21, 1919

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Finis Fox, Mary Eleanor Freeman

Cast

  • Viola Dana – Madelon MacTavish
  • Wheeler Oakman – Burr Gordon
  • Joe King – Lot Gordon
  • Edward Connelly – Sandy MacTavish
  • Pat O’Malley – Richard MacTavish
  • Peggy Pierce – Dorothy Fair
  • Virginia Ross – Samanthy Brown
  • <Scenario>

    Viola Dana was Metro Pictures' top star when False Evidence came out in 1919. Promised in marriage to wealthy Lot Gordon (Joe King), Scottish lassie Madelon MacTavish (Dana) prefers Lot's poor relation Burr Gordon (Wheeler Oakman). The wisdom of her choice is proven later on, when a vengeful Lot tries to rape the girl. She stabs the bounder, whereupon Burr gallantly takes the blame. When Lot recovers, Madelon fesses up and agrees to marry him if he won't prosecute Burr. It takes the Hand of God to sort this one out.



Released August 4, 1919

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Finis Fox, John H. Blackwood

Cast

  • Bert Lytell – James “Jimmy” Frederick Slocum, Jr.
  • Gertrude Selby – Ethel Wheeler
  • Frank Currier – James Frederick Slocum, Sr.
  • Stanton Heck – Henry Flower
  • Ethel Shannon – Katherine Fowler
  • Edward Connelly – Jasper Kennedy
  • Bull Montana – Charles “Kid” Miller
  • <Scenario>

    Jimmy Slocum, whose wealthy father continually pays his speeding fines and loses bets to him, wins a $1,000 bet with his father that Katherine Fowler, whom his father wants him to marry, does not love him. Jimmy then wins a $25,000 bet that he can keep from being arrested more than once in the coming year by getting a twelve-month jail sentence for fighting in a bar and then sassing the judge. He is released early, however, due to his father's efforts and vows to succeed on his own. He gets stranded in a small town where he falls in love with Ethel Wheeler, the owner of a rundown hotel, and with her makes a fortune selling mineral water found on her property. When the town banker tries to foreclose on them, Jimmy opens his own bank with the $25,000, marries Ethel and gains the respect of his father for his success.



Released November 22, 1919
  • Director – Edwin Carewe

Cast

  • Dolores Cassinelli - Carlotta
  • Frank Mills – Curtis Austin
  • Joe King – Crosby Dana
  • Warren Cook – J. Winthrop Drake
  • Grace Reals – Mrs. Drake
  • Georges Deneubourg – Signor Riccardo Novelli
  • <Scenario>

    When J. Winthrop Drake (Warren Cook) brings his daughter Carlotta (Dolores Cassinelli) home from Italy, he tells his wife (Grace Reals) he is the girl's guardian because he wants his prior marriage kept a secret. Carlotta marries Curtis Austin (Frank Mills), but a suitor she rejected is bent on ruining her marriage and her reputation. He believes he has proof that she was having an affair with Drake, unaware that he is her father. When Carlotta tries to reason with the blackmailer, Austin believes she is having an affair with him and murders him. Austin is put on trial and to save him, Carlotta lies by saying that she actually did have an affair so that the homicide will be ruled justifiable. She gets him off, and when he finds out the truth -- that she is innocent of any wrongdoing -- they are reunited. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi


1920


  • Director – Edwin Carewe

Cast

  • Dolores Cassinelli – Wanda Hubbard
  • Letty Ford – Mrs. Hubbard
  • Franklyn Hanna – Wealthy Officer
  • <Scenario>

    Just about every silent star in the late '10s and early '20s had to play a dual role in at least one picture, and this is minor luminary Dolores Cassinelli's turn. Wanda Hubbard (Cassinelli) is the lover and partner of a criminal. While they are robbing a safe, they overhear some people discussing a "long lost daughter." Some time later, while Wanda is visiting her mother (Letty Ford) and sister Lucille (Cassinelli again), she discovers that she and Lucille are really cousins, and that Lucille is actually the daughter of the wealthy officer (Franklyn Hanna) of the house she had robbed. Wanda uses this opportunity to pawn herself off to the officer as Lucille so she can benefit from his good life. Eventually her identity is discovered, and Lucille returns to her rightful place in her father's home. Cassinelli did little more to distinguish between characters in this picture other than changing wigs. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi



Released April 25, 1920
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Augustus E. Thomas, Madge Tyrone, Edwin Carewe

Cast

  • Rosemary Theby – Maria Inez
  • Allan Sears – Danny ONeil
  • Georgie Stone – Danny O’Neil at 8 years old
  • Peaches Jackson – Maria Inez at 6 years old
  • Hector Samo – Felipe Lopez
  • Adele Farrington – Alice Lopez
  • Athur Edmund Carewe – Don Jose Alvarado
  • Harry Duffield – Father O’Brien


Released December 19, 1920

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – James Oliver Curwood, Finis Fox

Cast

  • Jane Novak – Isobel Dean
  • Horin Konishi – Chief Bye-Bye
  • Dick La Reno – Jim Blake
  • Edward Peil Sr. – Scottie Dean
  • House Peters – Sgt. William MacVeigh
  • Robert Walker – Pvt. Thomas Pelliter
  • Tom Wilson – Cpl. Bucky Smith
  • Pearlie Norton – Little Mystery
  • <Scenario>

    Scottie Dean (Edward Pell) and his wife Isobel (Jane Novak) are passengers on board a whaling ship. Dean has a fight with the captain and throws him overboard. He and Isobel escape in a lifeboat and go into hiding at an Eskimo village. Mountie William MacVeigh (House Peters) is assigned the task of tracking Dean down. The Eskimo chief, Bye Bye (Horin Konishi), finds out about MacVeigh and warns the Deans. When the Mountie encounters Isobel, she is traveling back to civilization with her husband in a coffin. Taken with Isobel's beauty, MacVeigh does not investigate too deeply, and as a result, she and her husband evade his grasp. Corporal Bucky Smith (Tom Wilson) also goes after the Deans and MacVeigh arrests Scottie. Once they are away from Smith, he lets him go. Back at the station's cabin, he finds a little girl (Pearlie Norton) who reminds him of Isobel. Dean comes to claim the child, but dies of exhaustion. Isobel, mad from brain fever, drives the Mountie away, claiming that he killed Dean to make her his wife. Later, she is reported to have died. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi


1921


Released January, 1921

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Finis Fox, A.M. Williamson

Cast

  • Katherine MacDonald – Annesley Grayle
  • Edmund Lowe – Nelson Smith
  • Claire Du Brey – Countess Santiago
  • Howard Gaye – Lord Annesley-Seton
  • Lenore Lynard – Lade Annesley-Seton
  • Thomas Jefferson – Ruthven Smith
  • Helena Phillips Evans – Mrs. Ellsworth
  • <Scenario>

    Annesley Grayle (Katherine MacDonald) answers an ad for a traveling companion to an elderly matron to escape the boredom of living with her aunt. When she goes to meet the lady at the Savoy Hotel, an obviously panicky Nelson Smith (Edmund Lowe) asks her to pose as his wife to escape some impending trouble. The two proceed to the home of Ruthven Smith (Thomas Jefferson), a family friend of Annesley, but Ruthven mistakes Nelson for a thief and he shoots Nelson. Annesley's aunt banishes her from the house over her niece's affair with Nelson, but despite her aunts disapproval, the two are soon married. Later, the bride hears Nelson tell an underworld boss he will give up crime after one last heist. Annesley pleads with Nelson not to engage in any more criminal activity. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi


Released January, 1921

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Producer – Louis B. Mayer
  • Writers – Tom Barry, Madge Tyrone

Cast

  • Mildred Harris – Irene Fletcher
  • W.E. Lawrence – John Marshall
  • Ethel Grey Terry – Mary Chartres
  • Walter McGrail – Charles Munson
  • Emmett King – Richard Fletcher
  • <Scenario>

    Even though her marriage to Charles Chaplin was history, Mildred Harris retained star status for a little while longer. In this drama, she plays a spoiled young girl, something the public may have seen as typecasting (even if it wasn't necessarily true in real life). Irene (Harris) is the daughter of wealthy Richard Fletcher (Emmet C. King). Fletcher doesn't let on that he's having financial trouble, and continues to spend scads of money to make her happy. She has two suitors -- one is John Marshall, a struggling young architect (William Lawrence) and the other is Charles Munson (Walter McGrail), a rich clothing designer (this gave the filmmakers a chance to show off the latest extravagant fashions -- a box office plus in the 1920s). Both young men propose. Before Irene can choose one, she gets in a fierce argument with her father and falls down a flight of stairs. While unconscious, she dreams that Munson offers to bail her father out of his financial bind, providing that he gets Irene to marry him. She has already secretly married Marshall, so Munson takes back his offer, and Fletcher shoots himself. When she comes to, Irene decides to stop being so selfish, and chooses Marshall as her husband.



Released May, 1921
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Producers – Louis B. Mayer, Anita Stewart
  • Writers – Anthony Paul Kelly, Jane Murfin

Cast

  • Anita Stewart – Julie Arnold
  • Herbert Rawlinson – Geoffrey Arnold
  • Walter McGrail – Hubert Randolph
  • Grace Morse – Claire
  • William V. Mong – Conklin
  • Richard Headrick – Julie’s child
  • <Scenario>

    Popular silent star Anita Stewart is the draw in this soap opera-like feature. Julie Laneau, a French-Canadian girl (Stewart) weds distinguished Englishman Geoffrey Arnold (Herbert Rawlinson) and soon enough, she is expecting. But then she is told that Arnold is already married to a woman, Claire (Grace Morse). Julie flees from their cabin in the Northwoods into a blizzard, where she is found by Hubert Randolph (Walter McGrail). Randolph takes her in and takes care of her. He offers to marry her and take her with him to Jamaica and she accepts. But their life together is a disappointment -- Randolph gets so wrapped up in his political ambitions that he neglects Julie and her little boy (Richard Headrick). Randolph wants to become governor, and he asks Julie to help him entertain an important guest who will help him achieve this goal. It turns out the man is Arnold, and she refuses. The two meet up anyhow, and it turns out that she was his legal wife after all. After hearing the whole story, Randolph willingly gives Julie back to Arnold. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi



Released October 10, 1921

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Producers – Louis B. Mayer, Anita Stewart
  • Writers – Hampton Del Ruth, Madge Tyrone

Cast

  • Anita Stewart – Sylvia Langdon
  • Walter McGrail – Arthur Comstock
  • Allan Forest – Bentley Arnold
  • Hamilton Morse – Marshall Arnold
  • Estelle Evans – Mrs. Marshall Arnold
  • George Kuwa – Nagi
  • Edward Hunt – Butler
  • Ogden Crane – John Randall
  • <Scenario>

    Popular silent star Anita Stewart wasn't immune to appearing in routine program pictures, and this mystery has little to recommend it other than her presence. The lusty Arthur Comstock (Walter McGrail) tries to force himself on lovely Sylvia Langdon (Stewart). In an attempt to escape his unwanted advances, Sylvia hurls a candlestick at him, knocking him senseless. She sees his prostrate form through a window and is convinced she has killed him. She marries her fiancé, Bentley Arnold (Allan Forrest), and tries to forget the incident. But she's in for a shock when she and Arnold throw a party at their home and Comstock shows up. Sylvia dashes out of the room in shock and Comstock follows after her. Instead of demanding her body, however, he demands that she give him the family jewels. Comstock, it turns out, murdered his uncle, and it was his body that Sylvia had seen through the window. Comstock's attempts at thievery are foiled and he gets his due. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi



Released 1921
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Asst. Director – Wallace Fox
  • Producers – Louis B. Mayer, Anita Stewart
  • Writers – Florence Auer, Josephine Quirk

Cast

  • Anita Stewart – Alice Lambert
  • Arthur Edmund Carewe – Grant Lewis
  • Helen Raymond – Mrs. Henry Beresford
  • Adele Farrington – Mrs. Gordon Howe
  • Margaret McWade – Mrs. Dunn
  • Percy Challenger – Parsons
  • Walter McGrail – David Leighton
  • Gertrude Astor – Ruth Beresford
  • George B. Williams – Monsieur Armand
  • Ernest Butterworth – Jerry Dunn, Jr.
  • Will Badger – Jerry Dunn, Sr.
  • <Scenario>

    One of the silent era's more popular leading ladies, Anita Stewart, stars in this colorful but not particularly true-to-life picture. Alice Lambert (Stewart) has had a hard life, full of sadness and disillusionment. One day she finally decides to end it all, but she is discovered by David Leighton (Walter McGrail) before she can go through with it. By calling her a coward and a quitter, Leighton convinces her to rethink what she is about to do and strikes a deal with her: He will give her 50 thousand dollars to stay alive for another year, at the end of which she can kill herself. With her sudden wealth, Alice is able to surround herself in luxury -- and she also learns along the way that money isn't everything. At the end of the year, Alice has come to realize that she actually has quite a lot to live for, and one of her reasons is Leighton. He proposes and she is more than happy to accept.


1922


Released June 1, 1922

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – James Oliver Curwood, Raymond Schrock

Cast

  • Alice Lake – Joan Cameron
  • Kenneth Harlan – Cpl. Bob Fitzgerald
  • Rosemary Theby – Mrs. Georges Mordeaux
  • Gaston Glass – Ralph Fitzgerald
  • Noah Beery – Sgt. Georges Mordeaux
  • Wallace Beery – Fu Chang
  • <Scenario>

    Not surprisingly, this Northwoods drama was adapted from a James Oliver Curwood novel, The Poetic Justice of Uko San. It features an excellent cast, including both Beery brothers, Wallace and Noah. Brothers Tom and Bob Fitzgerald (Kenneth Harlan and Gaston Glass, respectively) are both members of the Northwest Mounted Police. Bob falls in love with schoolteacher Joan Cameron (Alice Lake) when he saves her from an attack by Fu Chang (Wallace Beery). Tom is not so heroic, and he becomes involved with the wife (Rosemary Theby) of post sergeant George Mardeaux (Noah Beery). Tom kills Mardeaux, and Bob is forced to hunt down his own brother. He tracks him down to Joan's cabin. But Bob falls seriously ill, and on what he believes to be his deathbed, he protects his brother by signing a confession that claims he is Mardeaux's murderer. Tom returns to the post with the news, but Bob recovers, and when he comes back he is faced with a lynch mob who believe him to be a murderer. Joan tries to save Bob but is attacked by Mardeaux's two-timing widow. Finally the truth comes out that Tom is the real killer, and he swallows poison to avoid hanging.



Released March, 1922

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Producers - Louis B. Mayer, Anita Stewart
  • Writers – Ruth Cross, Josephine Quirk

Cast

  • Anita Stewart – Anne Wilmot
  • Edward Hearn – Bill Shannon
  • Arthur Stuart Hull – Leone Morse
  • Walt Whitman – Sheb
  • Bert Sprotte – Charles Burkthaler
  • Frank Beal – Stephen Douglas
  • Adele Farrington – Mrs. Katherine Wilmot
  • Mary Land – Mrs. Elton
  • Ed Brady – John Bretton
  • Doc Bytel – Parsons
  • <Scenario>

    Although Anita Stewart receives top billing in this action picture, it's Edward Hearn who has the more prominent role. Bill Shannon (Hearn) is building a dam in the mountains of the West. Leon Morse, a Wall Street millionaire and railroad magnate (Arthur Stewart Hull), wants the same land as a right-of-way for his railroad. He travels West to negotiate with Shannon, bringing along his fiancée, Anne Wilmot (Stewart), and her Aunt Katherine (Adele Farrington). The trip proves to be Morse's undoing in several ways -- Anne immediately falls in love with Shannon, who is not terribly cooperative about handing over the land. After his offer to Shannon is turned down, Morse plants a bomb to blow up the dam. Anne is the one who saves the day by disconnecting the bomb's wire. After losing the battle for both the land and his sweetheart, Morse crawls back to his Eastern home. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi



Released May 22, 1922
  • Directors – Edwin Carewe, John Ford
  • Writer – Paul Sloane

Cast

  • Mary Carr – Anna Webb
  • Lynn Hammond – John Webb
  • Knox Kincaid – John
  • Joseph Monahan – Harry
  • Mybeth Carr – Ruth
  • <Scenario>

    Character actor Mary Carr was well known for her maternal roles, especially after the success of 1920's Over the Hill. Here Carr plays Anna Webb, whose husband John (Lynn Hammond) invents a new kind of sewing machine. The patent makes the family wealthy, and after Webb dies, Anna takes over the business. She puts her sons John (Percy Helton) and Harry Joseph Striker) in charge of the factory, while daughter Ruth (Jane Thomas) elopes. When Harry steals some money, the blame falls on John, who leaves town. Harry, who has been spoiled all his life, continues his dishonest ways. He draws money out of the family treasury and forges a check for a huge sum. Rather than see her son go to jail, Anna sells everything to cover the bad check and is reduced to working in a sweatshop. Her children are nowhere to be found. When Anna is injured in a car accident which makes the papers, her children reappear to do right by dear old mom. ~ Janiss Garza,


1923


Released February 12, 1923
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Curtis Benton

Cast

  • James Rennie – Jimmy Harrison
  • Sam Hardy – Jerome Trevor
  • Anders Randolf – ‘Bull’ Morgan
  • Harry Short – ‘Slippery Eddie” Foster
  • Dorothy Mackall – Rose Duncan
  • Helen Montrose – ‘Hard-Boiled’ Molly Malone
  • Paul Panzer – Humpty Logan
  • Dora Mills Adams – Mrs. Trevor
  • <Scenario>

    Just because movies before the late '20s were filmed without sound recording, it doesn't mean they were truly silent. This "heart interest" drama (an important release for First National in 1923) is a case in point -- Curtis Benton wrote the original story, inspired by the 1901 hit song "Mighty Lak' a Rose," and the tune certainly played an important part of the live score when the picture hit the theaters. Instead of the lively flappers for which she would become famous, Dorothy Mackaill plays a blind orphan, Rose Duncan, who has a special talent with the violin. Jerome Trevor, a famed pianist (Sam Hardy), hears her playing and sends her to an uncle in New York so she can become educated. But the uncle is killed in an accident on his way to meet her and she is taken in by gang leader Bull Morgan (Anders Randolph). Morgan pretends to be her uncle to elude the police, and he sees the value of keeping her around as cover. One of the crooks working under Morgan, Jimmie Harrison (James Rennie), falls in love with Rose and her beautiful music and he balks at using her to pull off a job. After a heated argument in which Rose is accidentally injured, Morgan comes under the girl's positive influence, as do the other gang members. They all decide to go straight -- even Morgan's hardened moll, Molly (Helen Montrose) -- but when they find out that Rose's blindness can be cured, they decide to pull off one last heist. Jimmie is caught and goes to prison. Trevor finally finds Rose and sends her to be trained. She is about to make her debut -- and to promise herself to Trevor -- when Jimmie shows up. Rose, who thought he was dead, is happily reunited with him. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi





Released May 3, 1923
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – David Belasco, Adelaide Heilbron

Cast

  • Sylvia Breamer – The Girl
  • J. Warren Kerrigan – Ramerrez
  • Russell Simpson – Jack Rance
  • Rosemary Theby – Nina Micheltorena
  • <Scenario>

    A now forgotten star of the later silent era, Sylvia Breamer took on the old David Belasco stage chestnut in this remake of Cecil B. DeMille's 1915 Western classic. Miss Breamer plays a saloon owner who becomes a pawn between two men, a swashbuckling bandit (played in his usual florid style by J. Warren Kerrigan of The Covered Wagon fame) and a tough lawman (Russell Simpson). The center-piece of the story is, of course, the climactic poker game, in which the stakes are the bandit's life and the girl's virtue. According to contemporary reviews, Sylvia Breamer was sorely miscast as the tough, yet feminine saloon boss and that the film was no improvement over the DeMille original.


Released October 8, 1923
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writer – Porter Emerson Browne

Cast

  • Holbrook Blinn – Pancho Lopez
  • Jack Mulhill – Gilbert Jones
  • Walter McGrail – Morgan Pell
  • Enid Bennett – Mrs. Morgan Pell
  • Harry Myers – Red Giddings
  • Charles A. Sellon – Uncle Harry
  • Stanton Heck – Jasper Hardy
  • Teddy Sampson – Angela Hardy
  • Thomas Delmar – Capt. Blake
  • Frank Lanning – Indian Cook
  • Peter Vanzuelle – Pedro
  • <Scenario>

    The titular character, a Mexican outlaw named Pancho Lopez, bore an undisguised resemblance, both in name and personality, to Pancho Villa, a pre-eminent Mexican Revolutionary general, who was much in the news before and during the play's run and whose assassination on July 20, two-and-a-half months before the film's release, appeared in all the headlines. The plotline has Lopez (Holbrook Blinn) and his band of outlaws living from the proceeds gained as a result of theft and confiscation, which means property belonging to anyone wealthy enough to possess anything of value. One of those is rancher Gilbert Jones (Jack Mulhall), whose cattle losses are pushing him to the edge of bankruptcy.

    As Lopez is about to deprive Jones of the remainder of his cattle as well as of any valuables he may still possess, and even to kidnap his beloved former sweetheart (Enid Bennett), now married to heartless loan shark Morgan Pell (Walter McGrail), he recognizes Jones as the man who, years earlier, saved his life. Determined to show his gratitude, the powerful bandit robs the rapacious bank which, in cahoots with Pell, cheats and exploits the locals, and gives the money to Jones. When Pell arrives to foreclose on Jones' oil-rich ranch, Lopez, addressing him as "Mr. Loan-Fish", inquires of him whether women in his country inherit their late husbands' wealth, and then, since he considers the despicable corrupter to be an unworthy opponent, tells his top aide to shoot him (intertitle: "Pedro, I do not hunt rabbits—you keel heem"), thus freeing his widow to marry Jones. Finally, he returns all of Jones' stolen cattle and bids the happy couple farewell, thanking them for making him feel good.


1924


Released April 13, 1924
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Assistant Director – Wallace Fox
  • Writer – Adelaide Heilbron

Cast

  • Bert Lytell – Raoul Le Breton
  • Claire Windsor – Barbara Barbier
  • Walter McGrail – Capt. Jean Duval
  • Rosemary Theby – Rayma
  • Marise Dorval – Annette Le Breton
  • Montagu Love – Sultan Cassim Ammeh
  • Paul Panzer – Cassim Sr.’s Lieutenant
  • Georges Chebat – Raoul, as a boy
  • <Scenario>

    By 1924, sheik pictures were old hat, but director Edwin Carewe tried to add a little spice to this one by filming it on-location in the Sahara Desert. When Cassim's father is killed during an attack on a French fort, the boy (George Chebat) swears vengeance on Colonel Barbier (Montagu Love). He grows up to become known as Pierre Lamont (played by Bert Lytell) a polished young man with European manners. He falls in love with Barbara (Claire Windsor) who rejects him when she learns he is an Arab. Cassim discovers that Barbara is Barbier's daughter, so he carries out his oath by kidnapping the two of them, and their friend, Captain Duval (Walter McGrail). He sells Barbara as a slave, but then bids on her himself. When she refuses to marry him, he swears he will take her anyway. Duval escapes and fetches the French troops while Cassim finally admits that he loves Barbara too much to harm her. In the ensuing battle, Duval is mortally wounded, but before he dies, he hands Barbara a letter from Cassim's mother, explaining that he is not an Arab at all -- both of his parents were French. Cassim is pardoned, and he and Barbara are united. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi



Released October 19, 1924
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Frank Griffin, Fanny Hatton

Cast

  • Alla Nazimova – Mary Carlson
  • Milton Sills – Reverend John Morton
  • Claude Gillingwater – Lord Patrington
  • Courtenay Foote – Dr. Colbeck
  • Wallace Beery – Bill Smythe
  • Anders Randolf – ‘Bull’ Morgan
  • <Scenario>

    Alla Nazimova had been away from the screen for over a year when she made this drama, and she was paid well under half her former salary. To add box-office value, she was given Milton Sills as a co-star, but even so, the film did not do well either in film receipts or reviews. Reverend John Morton (Sills) is the minister at a fashionable parish, but when his uncle wills him a small fortune, he quits to open up a mission in London's Limehouse district. The uncle's mistress, Mary Carlson (Nazimova), is furious that she was cut out of the will and is determined to get the money any way she can. She finds Morton and vamps him into marrying her, though much to her chagrin, she discovers that he's intent on spending his wealth on the poor. Morton eventually discovers that Mary was his uncle's mistress, so when she runs off he doesn't go after her. Mary's life goes downhill and she takes to the streets. Morton, meanwhile, is attacked by a mob and decides that he is better without his inheritance. He holds onto his ministry, however, and Mary returns to him when she decides to repent. A version of this story was filmed as a talkie in 1930. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi


1925


Released April 19, 1925

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Finis Fox, Martha M. Stanley

Cast

  • Alla Nazimova – Ana Silva
  • Jack Pickford – Tony
  • Hobart Bosworth – Sheriff Ellery Parker
  • Ian Keith – Felipe Vargas
  • Mary Akin – Rosa Pina
  • Charles Murray – Capt. Joe Barnby
  • Constance Bennett – Betty Smith
  • Dot Farley – Hattie Smith
  • Location - Filmed in Monterey, California

Released July 12, 1925
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Robert Hichens, Lois Leeson

Cast

  • Lewis Stone – Horace Pierpont
  • Virginia Valli – Fay Kennion
  • Louis Payne – Sir Henry Kennion
  • Nita Naldi – Fifi
  • Edward Earle – Alan Mortimer
  • Leo White – Valet
  • <Scenario>

    During a carnival in Venice, Horace Pierpont, a wealthy American (Lewis Stone), falls in love with Fay Kennion (Virginia Valli). Their romance is derailed when she goes over to his apartment and finds the vampy Fifi (Nita Naldi) there. Fay goes down to Algiers, where she marries a former sweetheart, Dr. Alan Mortimer (Edward Earle). Pierpont goes after Fay and when he discovers she has wed, takes a trip with the Mortimer’s over the desert. Dr. Mortimer is suspicious of the relationship between his wife and the newcomer, and when Pierpont is bitten by a viper, he refuses to treat him if there is a relationship going on. Fay lies so that Mortimer will take care of the wound. Later, she confesses the truth and sends Pierpont away. Eventually Mortimer is killed by an Arab attack, and when Fay runs into Pierpont, he reveals that Fifi was at his apartment that long-ago day to exact revenge. Now that nothing at all stands in their way, the pair reunite. This drama was based on the novel Snake Bite by Robert Hichens, a popular writer of the day.



Released 1925

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Wilard Robertson, Ralph Spence
  • Location – Filmed in Monterey, California

Cast

  • Blanche Sweet – Molla Hansen
  • Edward Earle – Ira Meers, the Engineer
  • Robert Frazer – Rodney O’Malley, the Captain
  • Bert Sprotte – Olaf Hansen
  • Dorothy Sebastian – Pearl
  • Charles Murrey – Jerry
  • <Scenario>

    Although Blanche Sweet was often busy making films with her then-husband Marshall Neilan, during 1925 and 1926, she also made several films for First National. This one is a melodrama of the sea in which she plays Molla Hansen, the daughter of the captain of an oil schooner (Bert Sprotte). Molla has made plans to marry Captain Rodney O'Malley (Robert Frazer) when she returns from a voyage with her father, but the ship burns at sea. She is saved by a lighthouse keeper who dies from his wounds, and in gratitude, she cares for the man's daughter, Pearl (Dorothy Sebastian). O'Malley, believing Molla to be dead, goes on a two-year voyage. Charley Watts (Alan Roscoe), a rum-runner, seduces Pearl, who tries to blame her pregnancy on an innocent man. Then she learns that Watts is married, and she turns on the gas in the lighthouse, hoping that the explosion will kill them both. It also nearly kills Molla, but O'Malley, returned from his trip, rescues her. This picture was adapted from the play by Willard Robertson.



Released December 14, 1925
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Henry Leyford Gates, Lois Leeson

Cast

  • Dorothy Mackaill – Joanna Manners
  • Jack Mulhall – John Wilmore
  • Paul Nicholson – Frank Brandon
  • George Fawcett – Anthony Eggleson
  • John T. Murray – Lord Teddy Dorminster
  • Rita Carewe – Georgia Leach
  • Dolores del Rio – Carlotta de Silva
  • Lillian Langdon – Mrs. Roxanna Adams
  • Edwards Davis – Grayson
  • <Scenario>

    Using her married surname, Dolores del Río made her first film in Joanna 1925. Hollywood first thought of her as a sex siren. Dolores did not like the "Mexicali Rose" image. Despite her small performance in her first film, Carewe arranged for huge publicity for the actress. In her second film High Steppers, del Rio took the second female credit after Mary Astor. These films helped increase del Río's popularity. Carewe's intention was to transform her into a star to match Rudolph Valentino.


1926


Released August 8, 1926

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Lee Wilson Dodd, Francis Perry Elliott, Lois Leeson

Cast

  • Dolores del Rio – Jeanne Lamont
  • Lloyd Hughes
  • George Cooper – The Squirrel
  • Edward Earle – Dr. Harry Chilton
  • George Reed – Uncle Alex
  • Alice Belcher – Charley Anderson
  • Alec B. Francis – Dominie
  • Hamilton Morse – Judge Lamont
  • Alice Nichols – Aunt Caroline
  • <Scenario>

    Based on a novel by Frances Perry Elliot, Pals First paired film star Harold Lockwood with stage favorite James Lackaye. The story focuses on two hoboes, Danny (Lockwood) and The Dominie (Lackaye). Danny is on the lam from a murder charge, while Dominie, a defrocked minister, is running away from himself. While trying to bum a meal at a Tennessee mansion, Danny is mistaken for Richard Castleman, the long-lost owner of the house. Taking advantage of the situation, the two pals enjoy a luxurious afternoon and evening, culminating with the engagement of Danny to his lovely "cousin" (Ruby De Rehmer). His conscience bothering him, Dominie is all for telling the truth and taking the consequences, when it turns out that Danny really is the missing Richard Castleman! Pals First was directed by Edwin Carewe, who also called the shots on the 1926 remake.



Released March 14, 1926
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Finis Fox, Philip Gibbs

Cast

  • Lloyd Hughes – Julian Perryam
  • Mary Astor – Audrey Nye
  • Dolores del Rio – Evelyn Iffield
  • Rita Carewe – Janet Perryam
  • John T. Murray – Cyril Buckland
  • Edwards Davis – Victor Buckland
  • Alec B. Francis – Father Perryam
  • Clarissa Selwynne – Mrs. Perryam
  • Charles Sellon – Grandpa Perryam
  • John Steppling – Maj. Iffield
  • Emily Fitzroy – Mrs. Iffield
  • Margaret McWade – Mrs. Clancy
  • <Scenario>

    This drama was a hint that perhaps the Jazz Age was beginning to wind down; its characters overcome their wild, wicked ways early in the film. Of course, there is still enough revelry to titillate 1926 audiences. As Julian Perryam, the likable but bland Lloyd Hughes is outclassed by his co-stars. Perryam is going through a round of bad luck; he is thrown out of school and loses at love. In search of a change, he heads for London, where he meets Audrey Nye (Mary Astor), a former Jazz baby who has gotten a responsible job on a newspaper. She helps Perryam get hired as a reporter. Victor Buckland (Edwards Davis) has been leading on Perryam's sister, Janet (Rita Carewe, the daughter of director Edwin Carewe). Victor's father, Cyril (John T. Murray), meanwhile, is stealing from a charitable fund. Perryam is instrumental in exposing these deeds, and a mob dynamites Buckland's building. Victor flees, and Perryam weds Audrey.


1927


Released March 19, 1927

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Leo Tolstoy, Edwin Carewe, Finis Fox, Ilya Tolstoy

Cast

  • Rod La Rocque – Prince Dimitry Ivanitch Nekhludov
  • Dolores del Rio – Katyusha Maslova
  • Rita Carewe
  • Marc McDermott – Maj. Schoenboch
  • Lucy Beaumont – Aunt Sophya
  • Vera Lewis – Aunt Marya
  • Clarissa Selwynne – Princess Olga Ivanovitch Nekhludov
  • Even Southern – Princess Sonia Korchagin
  • Ilya Tolstoy – The Old Philosopher
  • <Scenario>

    Katyusha, a country girl, is seduced and abandoned by Prince Dimitry. Dimitry finds himself, years later, on a jury trying the same Katyusha for a crime he now realizes his actions drove her to. He follows her to imprisonment in Siberia, intent on redeeming her and himself as well.



Opened March 8, 1927, Forest Theater, New York, A play in three acts

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – George Scarborough, Annette Westbay

Cast

  • Charles Abbe – Lafe Kethchum
  • Joseph Allen – Pop Peters
  • Reginald Barlow – Kent Hardy
  • Louis Bennison – Devil Ace Gibson
  • John Benson – Cap Mayhorn
  • Thomas Chalmers – Bud Ketchum
  • Harry Clarens – Dock Tolliver

1928


Released October 1928

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Konrad Bercovici, Finis Fox

Cast

  • Dolores del Rio – Rascha
  • James A. Marcus – Costa
  • Sophia Ortiga – Binka
  • LeRoy Mason – Jorga
  • Rita Carewe – Tina
  • Jose Crespo – Stefan
  • Sam Appel – Jancu
  • Marta Golden – Leana
  • Jess Cavin – Lt. De Jorga
  • <Scenario>

    Mexican-born Dolores Del Rio is convincingly cast as a fiery Hungarian lass in Revenge. Yet another variation on The Taming of the Shrew, the film concentrates on the tempestuous relationship between whip-wielding Rascha (Del Rio), the daughter of a bear tamer, and virile Hussar officer Jorga (Leroy Mason). Kidnapping Rascha, Jorga demands that she become his wife -- and a docile, obedient one at that. The more Rascha protests against this set-up (and she puts up quite a fight!), the more Jorga falls in love with her. By film's end, Rascha is as sweet and subservient as any of her daddy's trained bears, but one still wonders how long this will last. A silent film, Revenge was released with a synchronized musical score


Released April 17, 1928 in Japan

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writer – Finis Fox

Cast

  • Dolores del Rio – Ramona
  • Warner Baxter – Alessandro
  • Roland Drew – Felipe
  • Vera Lewis – Senora Morena
  • Michael Visaroff – Juan Canito
  • John T. Prince – Father Salvierderra
  • Mathilde Comont – Marda
  • Carlos Amor – Sheepherder
  • Jess Cavin – Bandit Leader
  • Rita Carewe – Baby
  • <Scenario>

    The 1928 production Ramona was the third film version of the Helen Hunt Jackson novel of the same name, first dramatized (in one reel!) by D. W. Griffith in 1910. Dolores Del Rio plays the title character, the ward of domineering California sheep rancher Senora Moreno (Vera Lewis). Escaping her cruel and judgmental guardian, Ramona sadly resigns herself to the probability that she will never find true happiness because she is -- gasp! -- a half-breed. Though she loves Moreno's grandson Felipe (Roland Drew), Ramona does not want him to bear the stigma of a mixed marriage, so she marries Allesandro (Warner Baxter), an Indian shepherd. Misfortune continues to befall the heroine when her husband is lynched by bigoted white ranchers; shortly thereafter, her baby dies from injuries sustained in a bandit raid because the white doctor refuses to treat an Indian infant. Suffering a total nervous breakdown, Ramona wanders into the woods, having lost all memory of her previous existence. But faithful Felipe rescues the girl, snapping her out of her amnesia by singing her favorite childhood song (courtesy of the Vitaphone soundtrack).


1929


Released August 24, 1929

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writer – Finis Fox
  • Filmed at Big Basin, Santa Cruz, Point Lobos, Monterey and St. Martinsville, Louisiana.

Cast

  • Dolores del Rio – Evangeline
  • Roland Drew – Gabriel
  • Alec B. Francis – Father Felician
  • Donald Reed – Baptiste
  • Paul MsAllister – Benedict Bellefontaine
  • James A. Marcus – Basil
  • George F. Marion – Rene La Blanc
  • Bobby Mack – Michael
  • Louis Payne – Governor General
  • Lee Shumway – Col. Winslow
  • <Scenario>

    In the quiet Nova Scotian village of Grand-Pré lives the fair, beloved Evangeline with her father, Benedict Bellefontaine, a prosperous and honored farmer of the Acadian community. Though she admires and is loved by Baptiste, son of the notary, she is pledged to Gabriel, son of Basil, the village smith. Before they can be married, France and England declare war; the Acadians, bound by allegiance to England and by ties of kinship to France, refuse to take up arms against France, and as a result are ordered deported. As the men are herded aboard a British man-o'-war, the governor-general sets fire to the village of Grand-Pré. Suffering from exposure and broken by the sight, Benedict dies in the arms of Evangeline, who then departs for unknown lands with Father Felician. They arrive at Bayou Têche, Louisiana, where former residents of Grand Pré have established a settlement, just missing Gabriel. Through the wilds of the gulf coast, Evangeline suffers many hardships in search of her beloved, refusing the hand of Baptiste, who has meanwhile become a prosperous land owner. Basil offers to aid her in her search for Gabriel, but they are separated by a storm on the rapids. Traveling alone through unexplored country, Evangeline arrives at a settlement of Jesuits; she becomes a Sister of Mercy, though ever hopeful of finding Gabriel. At the end of the war, Evangeline is sent to Philadelphia to care for the maimed and friendless; there, in an almshouse, she is at last reunited with her long-sought beloved


1930


Released September 20, 1930
  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Rex Beach, Bartlett Cormack

Cast

  • Gary Cooper – Roy Glenister
  • Key Johnson – Helen Chester
  • Betty Compson – Cherry Malotte
  • William ‘Stage’ Boyd – Alec McNamera
  • Harry Green – Herman
  • Slim Summerville – Slapjack Simms
  • James Kirkwood – Joe Dextry
  • Lloyd Ingraham – Judge Stillman
  • Oscar Apfel – Struve
  • George Irving – William Wheaton
  • Knute Erickson – Capt. Stevens
  • Hal David – Bill Wheaton
  • •Fun Fact - Gary Cooper tore his hamstring and wrenched his back during the famous fight scene, and was in severe pain for most of the rest of the film.


    <Scenario>

    While traveling to Nome, Alaska, Roy Glenister (Gary Cooper) meets beautiful Helen Chester (Kay Johnson), who soon becomes his sweetheart. Glenister is one of several owners of a lucrative mine called The Midas. When he arrives in Nome, he discovers that his partners, Slapjack Simms (Slim Summerville) and Joe Dextry (James Kirkwood), are in the middle of a legal dispute with three corrupt officials: United States Marshal Voorhees (Jack Holmes), Judge Stillman (Lloyd Ingraham), and a politician named Alec McNamara (William "Stage" Boyd ). They have been engaged in a racket claiming titles to various mines, ejecting the miners, and then making McNamara owner of the disputed properties. The three corrupt officials lay claim to The Midas. McNamara also steals money from Glenister, Dextry, and Slapjack, preventing them from enlisting legal help from the United States. When Dextry and Glenister plan a vigilante action, McNamara calls in a detail of soldiers to protect "his property". As Glenister and McNamara prepare for a gunfight, they are dissuaded by Helen, who suggests that the courts handle the dispute. Later, after jealous saloon owner Cherry Malotte (Betty Compson) lies to Glennister telling him that Helen and McNamara are conspiring to cheat him again, Glennister and McNamara settle their differences with a spectacular fistfight, with McNamara getting the worst. Afterwards, Glenister wins the hand of Helen.


1931


Released February 2, 1931

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Producers – Edwin Carewe, Carl Laemmle, Jr.
  • Writers – Finis Fox, Leo Tolstoy

Cast

  • John Boles – Prince Dimitry Ivanitch Nekhludov
  • Lupe Velez – Katusha Maslova
  • Nance O’Neil – Aunt Marya
  • William Keighley – Capt. Schoenbock
  • Rose Tapley – Aunt Sophya
  • Michael Mark – Simon Kartinkin, the Innkeeper
  • Sylvia Nadina – Simon’s Wife
  • George Irving – Judge
  • Edward Cecil – Smelkoff the Merchant
  • Mary Forman – Beautiful Exile
  • Grace Cunard – Olga
  • Francis Ford – Drinker Soldier on Train
  • •Fun Fact - Two of the bit players, Grace Cunard and Francis Ford (once probably married), had been major stars in big silent serials 15+ years earlier, and Francis Ford had been a major director who had given his kid brother John Ford some of John's first movie jobs. This was Edwin Carewe’s first attempt at an all-talking film.


1934


Released 1934

  • Director – Edwin Carewe
  • Writers – Harold Sherman, Finis Fox

Cast

  • William Farnum – Paul Franklin, Jr.
  • Anita Louise – Norma Bockner
  • Frank McGlynn Sr. – Abraham Lincoln
  • LeRoy Mason – Paul Franklin Jr.
  • Oscar Apfel – Dr. Leonard Gear
  • Stuart Holmes – Col. Salter
  • Alin Cavin – Moses
  • Conrad Seideman – Buddha
  • Sidney T. Pink – Confucius
  • Harry Burkhardt – Caesar
  • Charles Requa – Christ
  • J.C. Fowler – Mohammed
  • Bert Lindley – Christopher Columbus
  • Aaron Edwards – George Washington
  • William Humphrey – Napoleon
  • <Scenario>

    Silent-film director Edwin Carewe hoped to stage a talkie comeback with his self-produced Are We Civilized? Set in a fictional European country, the story concerns the rise to power of a Hitler-like despot. A courageous newspaper publisher (William Farnum) challenges the new dictator's oppressive reign of terror, and the resultant brouhaha nearly leads to a Second World War. Overladen with symbolism, Are We Civilized? invokes the ghosts of such past movers and shakers as Abraham Lincoln, Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Julius Caesar, Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte and even Jesus Christ to hammer home its pacifistic message (the film wants to be both anti-war and anti-dictators, which history has proven to be an oxymoronic set of circumstances). Director Carewe fleshes out his film with generous stock footage from silent Cecil B. DeMille, D. W. Griffith and Thomas Ince historical epics. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi



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