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The Fires of Youth (June 17, 1917)

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Exiled to Shanghai
 

Released on June 17, 1917: A wealthy mill owner secretly goes to work in his own factory to learn how the workers are treated.

Produced by Edwin Thanhouser

Directed by Emile Chautard

The Actors: Frederick Warde (Iron Hearted Pemberton), Helen Badgley (Billy), Ernest Howard (Billy's Father), Jeanne Eagels (Billy's sister), Robert N. Vaughn (Jim), James Ewens (unknown), Carey L. Hastings (unknown), Grace Stevens (unknown)

 
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Ordered to Kill Himself

In the earliest days of moving pictures the motto was, 'If it moves, film it,' and most movies worked hard to film trains, buggies, wagons, and anything else that moved, trying to weave a story around the motion. As I write this and 3-d movies are all the rage, it seems to me that we have returned to those days - today some movies are crammed with 3-d effects designed to thrill, with very little story plot and character development surrounding the amazing effects. In 1917 Edwin Thanhouser was different . . . he was a Broadway producer who brought great stories to life with moving pictures, bringing characters and story lines to the screen that movie fans would remember long after they left the theater. In this half hour drama lots are drawn to see who will kill the evil mill owner Pemberton, and who is the lucky fellow who must kill the boss? Pemberton himself, who is masquerading as a poor working man . . . and after working with his laborers in his dirty and dangerous mill he is so distraught that he agrees with the men and decides to commit suicide because he feels that he really doesn't deserve to live. Wow, what a surprise for a 1917 short movie . . . no slapstick comedy . . . no gee-whiz visual thrills . . . just a great little morality play with excellent characters and an unusually clever storyline. The story is much more complicated than this short description, but I'll let you discover the plot twists and turns on your own as you munch your buttered white kernel popcorn.

Ernest Howard and Robert Vaughn
Ernest Howard and Robert Vaughn
Ernest Howard
Ernest Howard
Frederick Warde and Helen Badgley
Frederick Warde and Helen Badgley
Frederick Warde meets Jeanne Eagels
Frederick Warde meets Jeanne Eagels
Frederick Warde has a crush on Jeanne Eagels
Frederick Warde has a crush on Jeanne Eagels
Frederick Warde
Frederick Warde
Helen Badgley and Frederick Warde
Helen Badgley and Frederick Warde
Helen Badgley
Helen Badgley
Helen Badgley
Helen Badgley
Jeanne Eagels and Frederick Warde
Jeanne Eagels and Frederick Warde
Jeanne Eagels as Billy's sister
Jeanne Eagels as Billy's sister
Jeanne Eagels
Jeanne Eagels
Robert Vaughn and Jeanne Eagels
Robert Vaughn and Jeanne Eagels