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Dave Sindelar wrote:Anti-Hair Powder (1908) aka La poudre epilatoireCountry: FranceCompany: Pathe FreresCommentary: The anti-hair powder is sold by a certain Dr. Quack, a name which hardly inspires much of a sense of competence, so I suspect that the hair removal process doesn't go quite as smoothly as hoped. Certainly the process of finding this movie hasn't gone well, otherwise it wouldn't be seen on this list. I'm classifying the survival status as Unknown.
The Apish Trick (1909) aka An Apish TrickCountry: FranceCompany: Pathe FreresFantastic content: A monkey serum makes an man act like an ape.Commentary:
Here's another one of a whole series of movies made at the time
involving people who, for one reason or another, end up acting like wild
animals, usually monkeys or apes. I have yet to see one of the monkey
ones, but I know I've seen one in which a man acts like a horse. No
votes on IMDB, and Silent Era says the survival status is Unknown, so
I'm going with that.
The Arrow Maiden (1915)Directed by Francis PowersFeaturing Billie West, Harry Moody, Eagle EyeCountry: USACompany: RelianceCommentary:
It sounds like we've got an early weird western here. An Indian
warrior under suspended animation (or a spell, as they call it), is
revived by a medicine woman and scares those who thought he was dead.
I'm assuming Eagle Eye (who is here playing himself) was an American
Indian who specialized in playing those types of roles in westerns.
Aunt Eliza Recovers Her Pet (1908)Country: FranceCompany: PatheFantastic content: Hypnotism and open stomach surgeryThere's no listing for
this one (under this title) on IMDB, and I'm classifying its survival
status as Unknown.
Aviation Has Its Surprises (1909)aka Les surprises de l'aviationDirector unknownCompany: Pathe FreresListed in "Horror and Science Fiction Films" by Donald C. Willis
Fantastic content: A mixture causes a man to inflate like a balloon.
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Dave Sindelar wrote:No More Bald Heads (1908)Country: FranceCompany: PatheFantastic content: Super hair-growth tonic
Papa Gaspard; or The Ghost of the Rocks (1909)Country unknownCompany: Le Lion/BrocklissFantastic content: Miser poses as ghostCommentary:
This one must be really obscure; the Willis book is where I found the
listing, but I don't see it listed in the Walt Lee book, nor do I find
it listed in either IMDB or CITWF. This one is a real mystery to me.
Goddess of the Sea (1909)Country: FranceCompany: Les LionsFantastic content: Gods and Goddesses
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Dave Sindelar wrote:The Battle Cry of Peace (1915)Directed by J. Stuart Blackton and Wilfrid NorthFeaturing Charles Richman, L. Rogers Lytton, James MorrisonCountry: USACompany: VitagraphListed in "Horror and Science Fiction Films" by Donald C. Willis
Fantastic content: Alternate history invasion of USA by mythical country.Commentary: Rather than hunting all over the place for info on this one, I turned to the recent "American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films" and read the entry there. The movie seems pretty similar to INVASION USA from the fifties, only not in the mode of the exploitation quickie that that one was. Having been released as it was just when World War I was getting underway, it was an important and controversial film taking the side of more war preparedness, which was a major political issue at the time. However, all that's left of it nowadays is a few fragments and the last reel, which is not quite enough for me to say that the film exists, so I'm classifying it as LOST.
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Dave Sindelar wrote:Back to Life After 2000 Years (1910)aka The Roman's AwakeningCountry: FranceCompany: Pathe FreresFantastic content: Ancient Roman comes back to life.Commentary: It's deja vu all over again again. Didn't I just cover a movie called THE ANCIENT ROMAN? At any rate, this one is probably more of the same, though I don't know if it has the same ending as the other film.
A Battle in the Dark (1916)Directed by James W. HorneFeaturing Marin Sais, True Boardman, Frank JonassonCountry: USACompany: KalemApparently this was part of a series of shorts known collectively as
GIRL FROM FRISCO, and IMDB classifies its genre as a western. I'm not
sure how much of a role the mystic plays in the story, but I do know
that Walt Lee consigned the movie to his Out list, so I'm guessing that
it's a pretty minor plot element.
Beauty and the Beast (1908)aka La belle et la beteDirected by Albert CapellaniFeaturing Julienne MathieuCountry: FranceCompany: Pathe FreresWhen the sole user comment on IMDB is from F. Gwynplaine McIntyre,
there is reason to be skeptical. However, his entry on this one (which
lists its showing at a specific film festival and claims that only a
third of the movie exists, the rest being lost to deterioration) has the
air of truth about it this time, so I'm going take his word on this
one. If he is correct, than not enough of the film exists to really make
me want to classify it as such, and though I suppose a new copy might
have popped up in the interim, I'm going to let the classification of
Lost sit on this one... though I would be quite glad to be contradicted
The Bells (1913)Directed by Oscar ApfelFeaturing Edward P. Sullivan, Irving Cummings, Gertrude RobinsonCountry: USACompany: RelianceCommentary:
The thing that just caught my attention while looking over the entry
for this one is that Edgar Allan Poe is listed among the writing
credits. I'd assumed that this version was based on the same play that
resulted in the 1925 movie of the same name, and though I'd seen that
one, I never associated any connection of that movie to the Poe poem
(which, if I remember, didn't really have a plot to speak of). But I
see this version credits both Poe and Emile Erckmann, who wrote the
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