Miss Robinson Crusoe
Miss Robinson Crusoe is a 1917 silent American comedy-drama film, directed by Christy Cabanne. It stars Emmy Wehlen, Walter C. Miller, Harold Entwistle, was released on July 30, 1917. Emmy Wehlen as Pamela Sayre Walter Miller as Bertie Holden Harold Entwistle as Charles Van Gordon Sue Balfour as Aunt Agatha Margaret Seddon as Aunt Eloise Augustus Phillips as Bertini Daniel Jarrett as Van Hoffman Ethel Hallor Miss Robinson Crusoe on IMDb Miss Robinson Crusoe at the TCM Movie Database Miss Robinson Crusoe at the American Film Institute Catalog
The Absentee (1915 film)
The Absentee is a 1915 American silent allegory film, directed by Christy Cabanne. It stars Robert Edeson, A. D. Sears, Olga Grey, was released on May 8, 1915. In a prologue, the mythical figure of Ambition seeks to attain the position held by Success. Success has reached the pinnacle of his desire, sits looking over his kingdom. Having achieved his success, Success decides to take a break and goes off with Pleasure, leaving Might in control of the land. Might, under the influence of Evil, along with Might's wife Extravagance, as well as by his daughter Vanity, begins to abuse the land's occupants, including Toil, Strength, Innocence and Ambition. Spurred on by Evil, who says that Justice is blind and cannot see what he is doing, Might whips the laborers; however Justice is not blind, she learns of the situation, informing Success, who returns and sets the situation right again. In current time, Nathaniel Crosby is the sole owner of a prosperous factory. After receiving a letter from his general manager telling him that he needs to take a vacation, can trust him to take care of things while he is away, he decides to take a holiday.
Leaving his general manager, Sampson Rhodes in charge, he starts out on an extended pleasure trip. Rhodes is influenced by his wife and Genevieve, his daughter, to take advantage of his position to increase their wealth and social position. Rhodes lowers the workers' wages, so he can take a bigger cut of the profits; the workers retaliate by going on strike, the police are called in to protect the plant. Tom Burke can no longer financially support his ill mother. Neither can he go through with plans to marry older daughter Happiness. Lee, along with several other laborers, become more and more discontent as the strike continues, they turn the strike into a riot. In the first assault several of the workers, as well as one of the policemen, are killed; as the violence continues to escalate, Rhodes realizes that it has gone beyond the abilities of the police to handle, calls in the militia to put down the riot. However Rhodes secretary, Ruth Farwell, tells him of the situation; when he is reticent to return, telling her that Rhodes can handle the situation, she explodes at him, letting him know that over a dozen have been killed in the riots and that their blood will be on his head.
She runs from the room, dropping one of her gloves. Rhodes returns to the plant in order to diffuse the situation, but when Ruth recognizes him as he approaches the factory, the rioters turn their ire on him, beginning to beat him. Ruth, along with Burke, manage to get him away into a nearby boarding house. Recovering from his daze, he asks Ruth what is happening, she points out the window, where they can see the mob approaching the militia, standing in a line, weapons at the ready, they have been given the authority by Rhodes to fire on the crowd if necessary to protect the factory. Crosby rushes out of the room, followed by Ruth. In the ruckus which follows, Ruth is shot when she steps in front of a bullet meant for Crosby, fired by Lee. Crosby ends the riot by telling them men to come back to work at their prior wages, what they wanted; the militia is dismissed, Crosby fires Rhodes. With the plant returned to its former status, Crosby goes to visit Ruth in the hospital where she has been convalescing.
She assures him that she can return to work soon, telling him that she's been practicing her shorthand, showing him her pad and pencil. He asks her to take a letter for him, thanking someone for opening his eyes, asking her to marry him; when Ruth asks him to whom she should address the letter, he takes out the glove she left behind when she came to tell him of the riots, says "To the owner of this glove". Arthur Paget as Evil Charles Lee as Age Otto Lincoln as Toil Robert Edeson as Nathaniel Crosby, the Absentee/Success A. D. Sears as Sampson Rhodes/Might George Andre Beranger as Tom Burke/Ambition Augustus Carney as David Lee/Contentment Loretta Blake as Happiness Mildred Harris as Innocence Wahnetta Hanson as Genevieve Rhodes/Vanity Olga Grey as Ruth Farwell/Justice In early April 1915 it was announced that Cabanne was working on allegorical film titled The Absentee which he co-wrote with Frank E. Woods. At one point during filming, Robert Edeson forgot that he was acting and broke up a mob during filming.
However, the script had called for the mob to turn him back. Cabanne had completed filming by April 1915. On May 1, it was announced that the film would be released that week, on May 3. Variety gave the film a lukewarm review, they lauded Cabanne's direction as well as the script and plot the mob scenes. However, they felt the movie was too slow, stating "... the film lags until the final reel." The Saturday Evening Post gave the film a positive review, saying "It gives you a mental Turkish bath rubs your conscience down with a rough towel. It's a great picture to see. Full of beautiful scenes —– interspersed with some that have prongs in them." Motion Picture News gave the picture an overall favorable review, although they felt the epilogue in which all the resolutions are shown was too long. They enjoyed the allegorical prologue projected into the main story: "Yet this knowledge furnished to the onlooker is by no means a dampener to his interest, it is most attractive to watch the development of the main plot after seeing the same characters i
Thriller film known as suspense film or suspense thriller, is a broad film genre that involves excitement and suspense in the audience. The suspense element, found in most films' plots, is exploited by the filmmaker in this genre. Tension is created by delaying what the audience sees as inevitable, is built through situations that are menacing or where escape seems impossible; the cover-up of important information from the viewer, fight and chase scenes are common methods. Life is threatened in thriller film, such as when the protagonist does not realize that they are entering a dangerous situation. Thriller films' characters conflict with each other or with an outside force, which can sometimes be abstract; the protagonist is set against a problem, such as an escape, a mission, or a mystery. Thriller films are hybridized with other genres. Thriller films share a close relationship with horror films, both eliciting tension. In plots about crime, thriller films focus less on the criminal or the detective and more on generating suspense.
Common themes include, political conspiracy and romantic triangles leading to murder. In 2001, the American Film Institute made its selection of the top 100 greatest American "heart-pounding" and "adrenaline-inducing" films of all time; the 400 nominated films had to be American-made films whose thrills have "enlivened and enriched America's film heritage". AFI asked jurors to consider "the total adrenaline-inducing impact of a film's artistry and craft". One of the earliest thriller films was Harold Lloyd's comedy Safety Last!, with a character performing a daredevil stunt on the side of a skyscraper. Alfred Hitchcock's first thriller was his third silent film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, a suspenseful Jack the Ripper story, his next thriller was Blackmail and Britain's first sound film. His notable 1930s thrillers include The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes, the latter two ranked among the greatest British films of the 20th century. One of the earliest spy films was Fritz Lang's Spies, the director's first independent production, with an anarchist international conspirator and criminal spy character named Haghi, pursued by good-guy Agent No. 326 —this film would be an inspiration for the future James Bond films.
The German film M, directed by Fritz Lang, starred Peter Lorre as a criminal deviant who preys on children. Hitchcock continued his suspense-thrillers, directing Foreign Correspondent, the Oscar-winning Rebecca, Suspicion and Shadow of a Doubt, Hitchcock's own personal favorite. Notable non-Hitchcock films of the 1940s include The Spiral Sorry, Wrong Number. In the late 1940s, Hitchcock added Technicolor to his thrillers, now with exotic locales. Hitchcock's first Technicolor film was Rope, he reached the zenith of his career with a succession of classic films such as, Strangers on a Train, Dial M For Murder with Ray Milland, Rear Window and Vertigo. Non-Hitchcock thrillers of the 1950s include The Night of the Hunter —Charles Laughton's only film as director—and Orson Welles's crime thriller Touch of Evil. Director Michael Powell's Peeping Tom featured Carl Boehm as a psychopathic cameraman. After Hitchcock's classic films of the 1950s, he produced Psycho about a lonely, mother-fixated motel owner and taxidermist.
J. Lee Thompson's Cape Fear, with Robert Mitchum, had a menacing ex-con seeking revenge. A famous thriller at the time of its release was Wait Until Dark by director Terence Young, with Audrey Hepburn as a victimized blind woman in her Manhattan apartment; the 1970s saw an increase of violence in the thriller genre, beginning with Canadian director Ted Kotcheff's Wake in Fright, which completely overlapped with the horror genre, Frenzy, Hitchcock's first British film in two decades, given an R rating for its vicious and explicit strangulation scene. One of the first films about a fan's being disturbingly obsessed with their idol was Clint Eastwood's directorial debut, Play Misty for Me, about a California disc jockey pursued by a disturbed female listener. John Boorman's Deliverance followed the perilous fate of four Southern businessmen during a weekend's trip. In Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, a bugging-device expert systematically uncovered a covert murder while he himself was being spied upon.
Alan Pakula's The Parallax View told of a conspiracy, led by the Parallax Corporation, surrounding the assassination of a presidential-candidate US Senator, witnessed by investigative reporter Joseph Frady. Peter Hyam's science fiction thriller Capricorn One proposed a government conspiracy to fake the first mission to Mars. Brian De Palma had themes of guilt, voyeurism and obsession in his films, as well as such plot elements as killing off a main character early on, switching points of view, dream-like sequences, his notable films include Sisters. In the early 1990s, thrillers had recurring elements of obsession and trapped protagonists who must find a way to escape the clutches of the villain—these devices influenced a number of thrillers in the following years. Rob Reiner's Misery, based on a book by Stephen King, featured Kath
Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó, better known as Bela Lugosi, was a Hungarian-American actor best remembered for portraying Count Dracula in the 1931 film and for his roles in other horror films. After playing small parts on the stage in his native Hungary, Lugosi gained his first role in a film in 1917, he had to leave the country after the failed Hungarian Communist Revolution of 1919 because of his socialist activism. He acted in several films in Weimar Germany before arriving in the United States as a seaman on a merchant ship. In 1927, he appeared as Count Dracula in a Broadway adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel, he appeared in the 1931 film Dracula directed by Tod Browning and produced by Universal Pictures. Through the 1930s, he occupied an important niche in horror films, with their East European setting, but his Hungarian accent limited his potential casting, he unsuccessfully tried to avoid typecasting. Meanwhile, he was paired with Boris Karloff, able to demand top billing. To his frustration, Lugosi, a charter member of the American Screen Actors Guild, was restricted to minor parts, kept employed by the studio principally so that they could put his name on the posters.
Among his pairings with Karloff, he performed major roles only in The Black Cat, The Raven, Son of Frankenstein. By this time, Lugosi had been receiving regular medication for sciatic neuritis, he became addicted to morphine and methadone; this drug dependence was known to producers, the offers dwindled to a few parts in Ed Wood's low-budget films—including a brief appearance in Plan 9 from Outer Space. Lugosi, married five times and had one son, Bela George, died of a heart attack on August 16, 1956. Lugosi, the youngest of four children, was born Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó in Lugos, Kingdom of Hungary to Hungarian father István Blaskó, a banker, Serbian-born mother Paula de Vojnich, he based his last name on his hometown. He and his sister Vilma were raised in a Roman Catholic family. At the age of 12, Lugosi dropped out of school, he began his acting career in 1901 or 1902. His earliest known performances are from provincial theatres in the 1903–04 season, playing small roles in several plays and operettas.
He went on to perform in Shakespeare's plays. After moving to Budapest in 1911, he played dozens of roles with the National Theatre of Hungary between 1913–19. Although Lugosi would claim that he "became the leading actor of Hungary's Royal National Theatre" all his roles there were small or supporting parts. During World War I, he served as an infantryman in the Austro-Hungarian Army from 1914–16, rising to the rank of Lieutenant, he was awarded the Wound Medal for wounds. Due to his activism in the actors' union in Hungary during the revolution of 1919, he was forced to flee his homeland, he went first to Vienna before settling in Berlin. He took the name "Lugosi" in 1903 to honor his birthplace, travelled to New Orleans, Louisiana as a crewman aboard a merchant ship. Lugosi's first film appearance was in the movie Az ezredes; when appearing in Hungarian silent films, he used the stage name Arisztid Olt. Lugosi made 12 films in Hungary between 1918 before leaving for Germany. Following the collapse of Béla Kun's Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919, leftists and trade unionists became vulnerable.
Lugosi was proscribed from acting due to his participation in the formation of an actors' union. Exiled in Weimar-era Germany, he began appearing in a small number of well-received films, among them adaptations of the Karl May novels On the Brink of Paradise and Caravan of Death with Dora Gerson. Lugosi left Germany in October 1920, intending to emigrate to the United States, entered the country at New Orleans in December 1920, he made his way to New York and was inspected by immigration officers at Ellis Island in March 1921. He declared his intention to become a US citizen in 1928. On his arrival in America, the 6-foot-1-inch, 180-pound Lugosi worked for some time as a laborer, entered the theater in New York City's Hungarian immigrant colony. With fellow expatriate Hungarian actors he formed a small stock company that toured Eastern cities, playing for immigrant audiences. Lugosi acted in several Hungarian plays before breaking out into his first English Broadway play, The Red Poppy, in 1922.
Three more parts came in 1925–26, including a five-month run in the comedy-fantasy The Devil in the Cheese. In 1925, he appeared as an Arab Sheik in Arabesque which premiered in Buffalo, New York at the Teck Theatre before moving to Broadway, his first American film role was in the melodrama The Silent Command. Several more silent roles followed and continental types, all in productions made in the New York area. Lugosi was approached in the summer of 1927 to star in a Broadway theatre production of Dracula, adapted by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston from Bram Stoker's 1897 novel; the Horace Liveright production was successful, running for 261 performances before touring the United States to much fanfare and critical acclaim throughout 1928 and 1929. In 1928, Lugosi decided to stay in California, his performance had piqued the interest of Fox Film, he was cast in the studio's silent film The Veiled Woman
Flirting with Fate (1916 film)
Flirting with Fate is a 1916 American film directed by Christy Cabanne and starring Douglas Fairbanks. It was distributed by Triangle Film Corporation. In a desperate, but not-too-courageous, attempt to end his life, a man hires a murderer to do the job for him. Soon, things are looking better and he must now avoid the hit. Douglas Fairbanks as Augy Holliday W. E. Lawrence as Harry, Augy's Friend Jewel Carmen as Gladys, the Girl Dorothy Haydel as Phyllis, Her Chum George Beranger as Automatic Joe J. P. McCarty as The Detective Tribulations of a Chinaman in China The Man in Search of His Murderer The Whistler Five Days Up to His Ears Tulips I Hired a Contract Killer Bulworth Shut Up and Shoot Me Flirting with Fate on IMDb synopsis at AllMovie Flirting with Fate is available for free download at the Internet Archive
Molly Lamont was a British film actress. Lamont was born in Boksburg, South Africa, she began her career in British films in 1930 and for several years played small uncredited roles. Her roles began to improve by the mid-1930s, whilst resident in London, but moved to Hollywood where she continued playing roles such as Cary Grant's fiancée in The Awful Truth, her other appearances include such popular films as The White Cliffs of Mr. Skeffington, she retired from acting in 1951 with more than fifty films to her credit. Lamont died on 7 July 2001 in Brentwood, Los Angeles at age 91; the First Legion as Mrs. Nora Gilmartin South Sea Sinner as Kay Williams Christmas Eve as Harriet Rhodes Ivy as Bella Crail Scared to Death as Laura Van Ee So Goes My Love as Cousin Garnet Allison Devil Bat's Daughter as Ellen Masters Morris The Dark Corner as Lucy Wilding The Suspect as Edith Simmons Three Sisters of the Moors as Charlotte Brontë Youth Runs Wild as Mrs. Webster Minstrel Man as Caroline The White Cliffs of Dover as Helen Hampton Follow the Boys as Miss Hartford Thumbs Up as Welfare Supervisor A Gentle Gangster as Ann Hallit The Moon and Sixpence as Mrs.
Any Strickland Somewhere I'll Find You as Nurse Winifred The Awful Truth as Barbara Vance A Doctor's Diary as Mrs. Fielding The Jungle Princess as Ava Lucky Corrigan A Woman Rebels as Young Girl with Sick Baby Fury and the Woman as June McCrae Mary of Scotland as Mary Livingstone Muss'em Up as Nancy Harding, Paul's Daughter Another Face as Mary McCall Jalna as Pheasant Vaughn Whiteoaks Rolling Home as Ann Alibi Inn as Mary Talbot Handle with Care as Patricia Oh, What a Night as Pat The Third Clue as Rosemary Clayton Irish Hearts as Nurse Otway No Escape as Helen Arnold White Ensign as Consul's Daughter Murder at Monte Carlo as Margaret Becker Paris Plane Leave It to Me as Eve Halliday Letting in the Sunshine as Lady Anne Lord Camber's Ladies as Actress Lucky Girl as Lady Moira Brother Alfred as Stella His Wife's Mother as Cynthia Josser on the River as Julia Kaye The Last Coupon as Betty Carter The Strangler as Frances Marsden Strictly Business as Maureen Doctor Josser K. C; the House Opposite as Doris The Wife's Family as Sally Old Soldiers Never Die as Ada Uneasy Virtue as Ada Shadows as Jill Dexter What a Night! as Nora Livingstone The Black Hand Gang Quinlan, David.
Quinlan's Film Stars. Batsford Books. ISBN 0-7134-7751-2. Dix-Peek, Ross. "Hollywood's South African-born actors of the 1930s and 1940s". Live Journal. Molly Lamont on IMDb Molly Lamont at Find a Grave
George Zucco was an English character actor who appeared always in supporting roles, in 96 films during a career spanning two decades, from 1931 to 1951. In his horror films, he played a suave villain or a mad doctor. Zucco was born in Manchester, Lancashire, on 11 January 1886, his mother Marian ran a dressmaking business. His father, George De Sylla Zucco, was a Greek merchant. Zucco debuted on the Canadian stage in 1908 in a stock theater company. In 1910, he entered the United States for the first time from Canada, bound for Seattle, where he soon appeared in plays such as The Melting Pot and The White Sister, he and his wife Frances toured the American vaudeville circuit during the 1910s, their satirical sketch about suffragettes earning them renown. He returned to the UK and served as a lieutenant in the British Army's West Yorkshire Regiment during the First World War, he lost the use of two fingers. When the war ended, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and taught there, he became a leading stage actor of the 1920s, made his film debut as Eugène Godefroy Cavaignac in The Dreyfus Case, a British film dramatising the Dreyfus Affair.
Zucco returned to the United States in 1935 to play Benjamin Disraeli in Victoria Regina, appeared with Gary Cooper and George Raft in Souls at Sea. He played Professor Moriarty in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, opposite Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Zucco earned a reputation as a bespectacled, nefarious character in films such as After the Thin Man, Fast Company, Arrest Bulldog Drummond, Charlie Chan in Honolulu, The Cat and the Canary, My Favorite Blonde. During the 1940s, he took every role he was offered, landing himself in B-films and Universal horror films, including The Mummy's Hand, The Mummy's Tomb, The Mad Monster, The Mad Ghoul, Dead Men Walk, The Mummy's Ghost, House of Frankenstein, Tarzan and the Mermaids, he was reunited with Basil Rathbone in another Sherlock Holmes adventure, Sherlock Holmes in Washington, this time playing not Moriarty, but a Nazi spy. He retired due after playing a bit part in David and Bathsheba. Zucco was to have played in The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel, but his health issues resulted in his being replaced by Cedric Hardwicke.
Zucco suffered from dementia throughout the 1950s, he died on 27 May 1960 from pneumonia in an assisted-living facility at the age of 74. He and his wife, Stella Francis, had a daughter, who died of throat cancer at age 30, a grandson, George Zucco. Stella Zucco died from natural causes in 1999. George Zucco on IMDb George Zucco at the Internet Broadway Database George Zucco bio on Search my Trash George Zucco at Find a Grave