Thursday, October 27, 2016

FILMBAY 2000 Greatest Films of All-Time (1888-2014) by Year # 0077 - OLD ACTOR, THE (D.W. Griffith, 1912, USA, 17m, BW)



OLD ACTOR, THE 

(D.W. Griffith, 1912, USA, 17m, BW)

 



Introduction

The Old Actor (1912)

Duration: 17min
Short, Drama
6 May 1912 (USA)
Director: D.W. Griffith
Writer: George Hennessy
Stars: W. Chrystie Miller, Kate Bruce, Mary Pickford



Plot

An elderly actor who lives with his wife and daughter is dismissed from his acting job because he is considered to old. On his way home from the theatre he panics at the thought of telling his family the bad news and decides to disguise himself as a beggar. His daughter's beau accidentally gives him a five dollar gold piece,thinking it was a smaller coin. A chase ensues with a policeman the daughter and her beau in hot pursuit. When caught he is recognized by his shocked daughter, but is quickly forgiven by all. Meanwhile the actor hired to replace him has already been fired and a messenger is dispatched to rehire the Old Actor to the delight of his wife, daughter and his fellow actors. Edwin August plays the sweetheart of Mary Pickford in this short film.





Review


Mary Pickford Filmography (1909-1933)

Films are listed by Distributor and/or Production Company, and date of release.

Biograph Company (1909-1913)[1]
    1. Two Memories (May 24, 1909)
     2. His Duty (May 31, 1909)
     3. The Violin Maker of Cremona (June 7, 1909)
     4. The Lonely Villa (June 10, 1909)
     5. The Son's Return (June 14, 1909)
     6. The Faded Lilies (June 17, 1909)
     7. Her First Biscuits (June 17, 1909)
     8. The Peachbasket Hat (June 24, 1909)
     9. The Way of Man (June 28, 1909)
    10. The Necklace (July 1, 1909)
    11. The Country Doctor (July 8, 1909)
    12. The Cardinal's Conspiracy (July 12, 1909)
    13. Tender Hearts (July 19, 1909)
    14. The Renunciation (July 19, 1909)
    15. Sweet and Twenty (July 22, 1909)
    16. The Slave (July 29, 1909)
    17. They Would Elope (August 9, 1909)
    18. His Wife's Visitor (August 19, 1909)
    19. The Indian Runner's Romance (August 23, 1909)
    20. "Oh, Uncle" (August 26, 1909)
    21. The Seventh Day (August 26, 1909)
    22. The Little Darling (September 2, 1909)
    23. The Sealed Room (September 2, 1909)
    24. "1776" or, The Hessian Renegades (September 6, 1909)
    25  Getting Even* (September 13, 1909)
    26. The Broken Locket (September 16, 1909)
    27. In Old Kentucky (September 20 , 1909)
    28. The Awakening* (September 30, 1909)
    29. The Little Teacher (October 11, 1909)
    30. His Lost Love (October 18, 1909)
    31. In the Watches of the Night (October 25, 1909)
    32. Lines of White in the Sullen Sea (October 28, 1909)
    33. The Gibson Goddess (November 1, 1909)
    34. What's Your Hurry? (November 1, 1909)
    35. The Restoration (November 8, 1909)
    36. The Light That Came (November 11, 1909)
    37. A Midnight Adventure (November 18, 1909)
    38. The Mountaineer's Honor (November 25, 1909)
    39. The Trick That Failed (November 29, 1909)
    40. Through the Breakers (December 6, 1909) [2]
    41. The Test (December 16, 1909)
    42. To Save Her Soul (December 27, 1909)
    43. The Day After** (December 30, 1909)

Biograph Company (continued)
    44. All On Account of the Milk (January 13, 1910)
    45. The Woman From Mellon's (February 3, 1910)
    46. The Englishman and the Girl (February 17, 1910)
    47. The Newlyweds (March 3, 1910)
    48. The Thread of Destiny (March 7, 1910)
    49. The Twisted Trail (March 24, 1910)
    50. The Smoker (March 31, 1910)
    51. As It Is In Life (April 6, 1910)
    52. A Rich Revenge (April 7, 1910)
    53. A Romance of the Western Hills (April 11, 1910)
    54. The Unchanging Sea (May 5, 1910)
    55. Love Among the Roses (May 9, 1910)
    56. The Two Brothers (May 12, 1910)
    57. Ramona (May 23, 1910)
    58. In the Season of Buds (June 2, 1910)
    59. A Victim of Jealousy (June 9, 1910)
    60. Never Again (June 20, 1910)
    61. May and December* (June 20, 1910)
    62. A Child's Impulse (June 27, 1910)
    63. Muggsy's First Sweetheart (June 30, 1910)
    64. What the Daisy Said (July 11, 1910)
    65. The Call To Arms (July 25, 1910)
    66. An Arcadian Maid (August 1, 1910)
    67. When We Were In Our 'Teens (August 18, 1910)
    68. The Sorrows of the Unfaithful (August 22, 1910)
    69. Wilful Peggy (August 25, 1910)
    70. Muggsy Becomes a Hero (September 1, 1910)
    71. A Gold Necklace (October 6, 1910)
    72. A Lucky Toothache (October 13, 1910)
    73. Waiter No. 5 (November 3, 1910)
    74. Simple Charity (November 10, 1910)
    75. The Song of the Wildwood Flute (November 21, 1910)
    76. A Plain Song (November 28, 1910)
    77. White Roses (December 22, 1910)
    78. When a Man Loves (January 5, 1911)
    79. The Italian Barber (January 9, 1911)
    80. Three Sisters (February 2, 1911)
    81. A Decree of Destiny (March 6, 1911)
    82. Madame Rex** (April 17, 1911)
    83. The Mender of the Nets (February 15, 1912)
    84. Iola's Promise (March 14, 1912)
    85. Fate's Interception (April 8, 1912)
    86. The Female of the Species (April 15, 1912)
    87. Just Like a Woman (April 18, 1912)
    88. Won by a Fish (April 22, 1912)
    89. The Old Actor (May 6, 1912)
    90. A Lodging for the Night (May 9, 1912)
    91. A Beast at Bay (May 27, 1912)
   
    Biograph Company (continued)
    92. Home Folks (June 6, 1912)
    93. Lena and the Geese* (June 17, 1912)
    94. The School Teacher and the Waif (June 27, 1912)
    95. An Indian Summer (July 8, 1912)
    96. The Narrow Road (August 1, 1912)
    97. The Inner Circle (August 12, 1912)
    98. With the Enemy's Help (August 19, 1912)
    99. A Pueblo Legend (August 29, 1912)
   100. Friends (September 23, 1912)
   101. So Near, Yet So Far (September 30, 1912)
   102. A Feud in the Kentucky Hills (October 3, 1912)
   103. The One She Loved (October 21, 1912)
   104. My Baby (November 14, 1912)
   105. The Informer (November 21, 1912)
   106. The New York Hat (December 5, 1912)
   107. The Unwelcome Guest (March 15, 1913)
   108. The Heart of An Outlaw (1909)-Unreleased

Selig (1911) [3]
   109. The Medallion** (March 9, 1911)
   110. Caught in the Act** (July 31, 1911)

Independent Moving Picture Company (1911-1912) [4]
   111. Their First Misunderstanding* (January 9, 1911)
  112. The Dream* (January 23, 1911)
   113. Maid or Man (January 30, 1911)
   114. The Mirror (Febrary 9, 1911)
   115. When the Cat's Away (February 9, 1911)
   116. Her Darkest Hour (February 13, 1911)
   117. The Convert (February 16, 1911)
   118. Artful Kate (February 23, 1911)
   119. A Manly Man (February 27, 1911)
   120. Pictureland (March 4, 1911)[5]
   121. Tracked (March 6, 1911)
   122. The Message in the Bottle (March 9, 1911)
   123. The Secret of the Palm (March 13, 1911)
   124. The Fisher-Maid (March 16, 1911)
   125. In Old Madrid (March 20, 1911)
   126. Sweet Memories (March 27, 1911)
  127. The Stampede (April 17, 1911)
   128. While There Is Hope, There Is Life (April 24, 1911)
   129. Second Sight (May 1, 1911)
   130. The Fair Dentist (May 8, 1911)
   131. For Her Brother's Sake (May 11, 1911)
   132. The Master and the Man (May 15, 1911)  
   133. The Lighthouse Keeper (May 18, 1911)
  134. Back to the Soil (June 8, 1911)
   135. In the Sultan's Garden (July 3, 1911)
  136. For the Queen's Honor (July 6, 1911)
   137. A Gasoline Engagement (July 10, 1911)
   138. At a Quarter of Two+ (July 13, 1911)
  139. Science (July 24, 1911)
   140. The Skating Bug (July 31, 1911)
  
Independent Moving Picture Company (continued)
   141. The Call of the Song (August 13, 1911)
   142. As a Boy Dreams (August 24, 1911) [6]
   143. The Toss of a Coin (August 31, 1911)
   144. 'Tween Two Loves (September 29, 1911)
   145. The Rose's Story (October 2, 1911)
   146. The Sentinel Asleep (October 9, 1911)
   147. The Better Way (October 12, 1911)
   148. His Dress Shirt (October 30, 1911)
   149. A Timely Repentance+ (March 11, 1912)

The Majestic Company (1911-1912)
   150. The Courting of Mary (November 26, 1911)
   151. Love Heeds Not the Showers (December 3, 1911)       
   152. Little Red Riding Hood (December 17, 1911)
   153. The Caddy's Dream (December 31, 1911)
   154. Honor Thy Father (February 9, 1912)

States Rights/Famous Players Film Company
  155. In the Bishop's Carriage (September 10, 1913)
   156. Caprice (November, 1913)
   157. Hearts Adrift (February 10, 1914)  
   158. A Good Little Devil++ (March 1, 1914)
   159. Tess of the Storm Country (March 20, 1914)

Paramount Pictures/Famous Players Film Company
   160. The Eagle's Mate (July 5, 1914)
   161. Such a Little Queen (September 21, 1914)
   162. Behind the Scenes (October 26, 1914)
   163. Cinderella (December 28, 1914)
   164. Mistress Nell (February 1, 1915)
   165. Fanchon the Cricket (May 10, 1915)
   166. The Dawn of Tomorrow (June 6, 1915)
   167. Little Pal (July 1, 1915)
   168. Rags (August 2, 1915)
  169. Esmeralda (September 6, 1915)
   170. A Girl of Yesterday* (October 7, 1915)
   171. Madame Butterfly (November 8, 1915)
   172. The Foundling (January 3, 1916)
   173. Poor Little Peppina (February 20, 1916)
   174. The Eternal Grind (April 17, 1916)
   175. Hulda from Holland (July 31, 1916)

Artcraft Pictures Corporation/Pickford Film Corporation
   176. Less than the Dust (November 6, 1916)
   177. The Pride of the Clan (January 8, 1917)
   178. The Poor Little Rich Girl (March 5, 1917)
   179. A Romance of the Redwoods (May 14, 1917)
   180. The Little American (July 2, 1917)
   181. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (September 22, 1917)
  
Artcraft Pictures Corporation/Pickford Film Corporation (continued)
   182. A Little Princess (November 5, 1917)
   183. Stella Maris (January 21, 1918)
   184. Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley (March 11, 1918)
   185. M'liss (April 18, 1918)
   186. How Could You, Jean? (June 23, 1918)  
   187. Johanna Enlists (September 29, 1918)
   188. Captain Kidd, Jr. (April 6, 1919)

First National Exhibitors Circuit/Mary Pickford Company
   189. Daddy-Long-Legs (May 11, 1919) [7]
    190. The Hoodlum (September 1, 1919)
   191. The Heart o' the Hills (November 17, 1919)

United Artists/Mary Pickford Company
   192. Pollyanna (January 18, 1920)
   193. Suds (June 27, 1920)
   194. The Love Light (January 9, 1921)
   195. Through the Back Door (May 17, 1921)
   196. Little Lord Fauntleroy (September 11, 1921)                                 
   197. Tess of the Storm Country (November 12, 1922)
   198. Rosita (September 3, 1922)
   199. Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall (March 15, 1924)
   200. Little Annie Rooney* (October 18, 1925)
   201. Sparrows (September 19, 1926)
   202. My Best Girl (October 31, 1927)
   203. Coquette (April 12, 1929)
   204. The Taming of the Shrew (October 26, 1929) [8]
   205. Kiki (March 14, 1931) [9]
   206. Secrets (March, 1933)

Other Film Appearances
   207. All-star Production of Patriotic Episodes for the Second Liberty Loan (1917)
   208. One Hundred Percent American (1918) [10]
   209. A Kiss From Mary Pickford (1926) [11]
   210. The Gaucho (1927) [12]

*Actress/Author     **Author Only     +Fragment Only     ++One Extant Reel     No Extant Material

NOTES

[1] Several Biograph titles, including "Examination Day at School," "The Affair of an Egg," and "The Usurer" have erroneously been listed in Mary Pickford filmographies. I screened these titles (and a number of others) and the actress was not among the cast.
[2] "Through the Breakers" (1909) is a title missing from a number of Pickford filmographies. I have identified her appearance as an extra in this film.
[3] Pickford credits herself as author of two titles made by Selig. "Unspoiled by Fame is Mary Pickford," The New York Dramatic Mirror, Mar 19, 1913, p. 28.
[4] Two IMP titles, "At the Duke's Command" and "From the Bottom of the Sea," that have appeared in a number of Pickford filmographies are notably absent here. I viewed MoMA's print of "At the Duke's Command" and confirmed Mary Pickford's absence from the cast. "From the Bottom of the Sea" is not extant,but Ethel Grandin is credited as playing the sweetheart. "Letters and Questions,"The New York Dramatic Mirror, Nov 29, 1911, p. 25. An image of Grandin from the film accompany's the review in The Moving Picture World, Nov 11, 1911, p. 454.
[5] Given the information from the synopisis of the film found in Moving Picture News, Feb 11, 1911, p. 17, it is more than likely Pickford appeared here. "Pictureland is unique in its way, and really two stories are photographed. The arrival of the "IMP " Company in Cuba, prepared to pose for films and the reception of the company are in the opening pictures. ...All of the well-known "IMP" stars appear in traveling costume, which is their first formal introduction in proper personae, an innovation which will be welcomed by their many admirers."
[6] Film fan Scott Taylor rediscovered this IMP short on a Grapevine Video. Pickford was not mentioned in contemporary reviews or advertisements. The title has been missing from all previously published Pickford filmographies.
[7] Mary Pickford is co-author of the screen play for "Daddy-Long-Legs" (1919).
[8] Douglas Fairbanks production company The Elton Corporation co-produced this feature with the Mary Pickford Company.
[9] Art Cinema (Joseph Schenck's company)produced "Kiki" not the Mary Pickford Company. Pickford took ownership of the title after Art Cinema dissolved in 1936.
[10] A version titled "One Hundred Percent Canadian" (1918) was released in Canada.
[11]Mary Pickford agreed to be in one scene of the Russian comedy "Potselui Meri Pikford" [A Kiss From Mary Pickford] during a visit to Russia in 1926. She also appears in the film, via newsreel footage, with husband Douglas Fairbanks.
[12] Pickford makes a brief and unbilled appearance as the Virgin Mary.

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