List of lost silent films (1910–1914)

This is a list of lost silent films that were released from 1910 to 1914.

1910Il TrovatoreLouis J. Gasnier, Ugo FalenaFrancesca Bertini, Gemma Farina, Alberto VestriAn adaptation, by Film d'Arte Italiana, of the Gutiérrez play, with a special music score adapted from Verdi.[1][2]
Jean and the Calico DollLaurence TrimbleJeanFilm debut of Helen Hayes[3][4]
1911Back to the SoilThomas H. InceKing Baggot, Mary Pickford, Owen MooreA drama short.[5]
The Better WayRalph InceKing Baggot, Mary Pickford, Owen MooreA drama short.[6]
Billy the KidLaurence TrimbleTefft Johnson, Edith StoreyA one-reel western short.[7]
The Fisher-MaidThomas H. InceMary Pickford, Owen MooreA short.[8]
For Her Brother's SakeThomas H. InceMary Pickford, Owen Moore, Jack Pickford, Thomas H. InceA one-reel short.[9]
For the Queen's HonorThomas H. InceMary Pickford, Owen Moore, King Baggot, George Loane Tucker, Isabel ReaA short.[10]
Her Darkest HourMary PickfordA short.[11]
His Dress ShirtMary PickfordA short.[12]
The Immortal AlamoWilliam F. HaddockFrancis FordEarliest film of the Battle of the Alamo, shot at the Alamo itself.[13][14]
Love Heeds Not the ShowersOwen MooreMary Pickford, Owen MooreA one-reel short.[15]
Only a Factory GirlAustralian drama.[16]
The Rose's StoryMary PickfordA short.[17]
ScienceMary Pickford, King BaggotA short.[18]
Second SightMary PickfordA short.[19]
The Sentinel AsleepMary PickfordA short.[20]
The Toss of a CoinThomas H. InceMary Pickford, Irvin Willat, Ethel Grandin, Lottie PickfordA one-reel short.[21]
1912The Honor of the FamilyLon ChaneyThought by some to be Chaney's on-screen debut, though this is disputed.[22]
Honor Thy FatherMary Pickford, Owen MooreA one-reel short.[23]
Saved from the TitanicÉtienne ArnaudDorothy GibsonFirst film about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Gibson was an actual Titanic survivor.[24][25]
1913Adrienne LecouvreurLouis Mercanton
Henri Desfontaines
Sarah BernhardtA two-reeler.[26]
Almost an ActressAllen CurtisLouise Fazenda[27]
Back to LifeAllan DwanPauline Bush, J. Warren Kerrigan, William WorthingtonA 20-minute short, with Lon Chaney.[28]
The Battle of GettysburgCharles Giblyn, Thomas H. InceWillard Mack, Charles K. FrenchThe film was reported to have been screened in France in 1973. Mack Sennett arranged to shoot Cohen Saves the Flag alongside the production of Gettsyburg, surreptitiously capturing Ince's battle sequences in his film at no cost to himself. This indirect footage survives.[29][30]
Bloodhounds of the NorthAllan DwanMurdock MacQuarrie, Pauline Bush, William LloydA 20-minute short, with Lon Chaney.[31]
CapriceJ. Searle DawleyMary Pickford, Owen Moore[32]
The CrisisW. J. LincolnRoy Redgrave, Godfrey CassAn Australian melodrama.[33]
An Elephant on His HandsAl ChristieEddie Lyons, Lee Moran, Ramona LangleyA one-reel short.[34]
EvangelineEdward P. Sullivan, William CavanaughLaura Lyman, John F. CarletonThe first Canadian feature-length movie.[35]
In the Bishop's CarriageEdwin S. Porter, J. Searle DawleyMary Pickford[36]
MacbethArthur BourchierArthur Bourchier, Violet VanbrughThe International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House may have a print.[37]
Maria Marten, or the Mystery of the Red BarnMaurice ElveyNessie Blackford, Maurice ElveyOn the BFI 75 Most Wanted list.[38]
A promotional Kinemacolor film of The New HenriettaDouglas FairbanksThe New Henrietta was a then-current stage adaptation of the very successful 19th century play The Henrietta which had starred William Henry Crane. The footage was not of the play, but instead depicted the cast relaxing "in their social hours." It was the first screen appearance of future movie star Douglas Fairbanks.[39]
Red Margaret, MoonshinerAllan DwanPauline Bush, Murdock MacQuarrieA two-reel short.[40]
The Restless SpiritAllan DwanJ. Warren Kerrigan, Pauline Bush[41]
The Sea UrchinEdwin AugustJeanie Macpherson, Lon Chaney[42]
Shon the PiperOtis TurnerRobert Z. Leonard, Joseph Singleton, Lon Chaney[43]
The TrapEdwin AugustMurdock MacQuarrie, Pauline Bush, Cleo Madison, Lon ChaneyA one-reel short.[44]
The VampireRobert G. VignolaHarry Millarde, Marguerite Courtot, Alice HollisterThe first film to offer the character of the "vamp," or femme fatale.[45]
The WerewolfHenry MacRaeClarence Burton, Marie WalcampThe first werewolf film; it was destroyed in a Universal fire in 1924 on the East Coast.[46][47]
1914The Birth of the TelephoneAllen Ramsey?Thomas A. Watson as himselfWatson was the person who received the first telephone call, from Alexander Graham Bell. The Kinetophone sound cylinder remains.[48]
A Celebrated CaseGeorge Melford?Alice Joyce, Guy Coombs, Marguerite Courtot[49]
The CrucibleEdwin Stanton Porter, Hugh FordMarguerite ClarkClark's second feature, based on the play by Mark Lee Luther. Re-released in 1919.[50]
Damaged GoodsThomas RickettsRichard BennettBennett starred in the 1913 Broadway play Damaged Goods with Wilton Lackaye.[51]
Darktown JubileeBert Williams (likely)Bert WilliamsAn "all-Negro" film starring comedian Williams, the lone black star of the Ziegfeld Follies and America's top recording artist. The distributor, Biograph, pulled the film from circulation after white audiences responded poorly to Williams' wily, independent characterization.[52]
The EscapeD. W. GriffithDonald CrispA rare silent feature on the subject of venereal disease, begun by Griffith as his first Reliance-Majestic film, but released nearly last.[53]
Fighting DeathHerbert BlachéRodman LawA thrill film starring early motion picture stuntman Rodman Law. Filmed in New York and New Jersey.
Hearts AdriftEdwin Stanton PorterMary PickfordA film similar in theme to Henry De Vere Stacpoole's The Blue Lagoon.[54]
Her Friend the BanditCharlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin, Mabel NormandThe only lost film starring Chaplin. Rumors that it had been found in Argentina proved to be untrue.[55]
The Higher LawCharles GiblynMurdock MacQuarrie, Pauline Bush[56]
The Hopes of Blind AlleyAllan DwanMurdock MacQuarrie, Pauline Bush, George Cooper[57]
In the Clutches of the GangGeorge Nichols, Mack SennettFatty Arbuckle[58]
The JungleGeorge Irving, John H. PrattGeorge Nash, Gail KaneThe only film version to date of Upton Sinclair's book of the same name.[59]
The Life of General VillaChristy CabannePancho VillaA film about Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, starring Villa as himself.[60]
The Man Who DisappearedCharles BrabinMarc McDermott, Herbert YostA ten-part serial.[61]
The Million Dollar MysteryHowell HanselA serial in 23 parts.[62]
A Night of ThrillsJoe De GrasseLon Chaney, Pauline Bush[63]
The Old CobblerMurdock MacQuarrieMurdock MacQuarrie, Richard Rosson, Agnes VernonThis two-reel short was MacQuarrie's directorial debut.[64]
The Siege and Fall of the AlamoRay MyersFour production stills and a review are held at the Library of Congress.[65]
Sperduti nel buioNino MartoglioGiovanni Grasso, Virginia BalistrieriThe only known copy of this movie was stolen in Rome by German soldiers during the Second World War, and then presumably lost. No other copy has been found since then.[66]
A Study in ScarletGeorge PearsonJames BragingtonThe first feature-length adaptation of a Sherlock Holmes story, it is on the BFI 75 Most Wanted list of missing films.[67][68][69]
Such a Little QueenEdwin S. Porter, Hugh FordMary PickfordBased on a play by Channing Pollock.[70]
The Trey o' HeartsWilfred Lucas, Henry MacRaeCleo Madison, George LarkinA serial with 15 episodes.[71]
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