King Lear (December 17, 1916)

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Exiled to Shanghai
 

Released on December 17, 1916: The first motion picture telling of the classic William Shakespeare drama.

Produced by Edwin Thanhouser

Directed by Ernest C. Warde

The Actors: Frederick Warde (King Lear), Lorraine Huling (Cordelia), Wayne Arey (the Duke of Albany), J.H. Gilmour (the Earl of Kent), Hector Dion (Edmund), Ernest C. Warde (the King's fool), Edwin Stanley (Edgar), Boyd Marshall (King of France), Ina Hammer (Goneril), Edith Diestel (Regan), Charles Brook (the Duke of Cornwall), Robert Whittier (Oswald), Henry Ardsley (Gloucester)

 

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I Don't Want Her . . . Give Her To The French!

King Lear of Britain has three daughters and one son . . . now . . . nothing wrong with that I guess . . . My papa had 5 daughters and one surviving son, and my sister Carol is the dearest person in my life. But old King Lear was a stupid fellow, as some Kings were in medieval days, and when he wanted to relax a bit from the burdens of being King, he stupidly divided his Kingdom between the two nasty sisters, and the youngest sister who was the only one that really loved her father the King was given to the King of France to do with as he might, because King Lear didn't want to ever see her again. Of course you remember this great William Shakespeare story from your days in seventh grade when you read several of the great bard's writings . . . What? . . . You say that William Shakespeare is not mandatory reading in the seventh grade anymore? . . . sigh . . . How times have changed . . . Well, youngsters, if you have never been exposed to William Shakespeare yet, this is a great way to dip your toes into the literary waters of long, long ago, when stories were full of pathos and grief and there wasn't always a happy ending . . . and at a bit over 30 minutes long, think of it as a half hour television show that you just can't miss . . . I know, the clothing from 1600 seems a bit strange today, but let me tell you, kiddies . . . some of the stuff I see you wearing today looks a bit strange to me! Edwin Thanhouser was a Broadway producer when motion pictures were invented and instead of producing bank robberies and silly slapstick humor he brought some of the greatest Broadway dramas to motion pictures. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy a slice of literary history wrapped in a historic early motion picture. SPOILER ALERT: Much like some real life experiences, this story does NOT have a happy ending.

Boyd Marshall and Lorraine Huling
Boyd Marshall and Lorraine Huling
Boyd Marshall
Boyd Marshall
Edith Diestel
Edith Diestel
Edith Diestel and Frederick Warde
Edith Diestel and Frederick Warde
Edith Diestel and Ina Hammer
Edith Diestel and Ina Hammer
Ernest C. Warde, Frederick Warde and Lorraine Huling
Ernest C. Warde, Frederick Warde and Lorraine Huling
Ernest C. Warde and Frederick Warde
Ernest C. Warde and Frederick Warde
Ernest C. Warde
Ernest C. Warde
Frederick Warde and Lorraine Huling
Frederick Warde and Lorraine Huling
Frederick Warde
Frederick Warde
Ina Hammer and Edith Diestel
Ina Hammer and Edith Diestel
J.H. Gilmour and Lorraine Huling
Ina Hammer and Edith Diestel
J.H. Gilmour
J.H. Gilmour
Lorraine Huling
Lorraine Huling
Lorraine Huling
Maurice Cass and Dean Jagger
Wayne Arey and Ina Hammer
Wayne Arey and Ina Hammer