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Dave Sindelar wrote:Time for a few more rarities to make room for some which I can (hopefully) find.The Devil (1910)Director unknownCast unknownCountry: USACompany: Powers Picture PlaysListed in "Horror and Science Fiction Films" by Donald C. Willis
Fantastic content: Mephistopheles...Commentary: ... but not really. In truth, it's some guy in a Mephistopheles costume that scares people, as the Willis guide says. I've noticed that the Willis guide was more likely to include marginal concepts than the Walt Lee guide was, and sure enough, this movie ended up in the Exclusions section of the latter guide. Still, I don't mind these marginal titles; it gives me a chance to cover a wide spectrum. And once again, we have a title which is a bear to search for. I'm classifying the survival status as Unknown.
Sep 23 12 10:45 PM
Dave Sindelar wrote:The Devil (1910)Country: USACompany: Powers Picture Plays
The Devil as Lawyer (1911)Country: UKCompany: MessterThere's no listing for this on IMDB, and I found myself
checking the title against "The British Film Catalogue 1895-1985". It's
not listed there, which didn't surprise me; for some reason, I had a
feeling that this might be a British title to a non-British movie,
though which one, I don't know. I'm classifying the survival status as
The Devil's Billiard Table (1910)aja Ginhara ou Fidele jusqu'a la mortDirected by Georges Hatot and Victorin-Hippolyte JassetCountry: FranceCompany: EclairFantastic content: A man sells his soul to the devil...Commentary:...
so that he can win a pool competition. It seems like a an odd thing to
sell your soul for, but I suppose there are those who might want it
badly enough to do so.
The Devil's Fiddler (1914)Country: UK or DenmarkCompany: Apex or BiographFantastic content: A woman under a musical spell dances herself to death.Commentary:
Allmovies.com has a fairly elaborate plot description of this one.
However, I find contradictory information depending on which source I
go to. Is it English or Danish? Is it from Apex or Biograph? Could we
actually be dealing with two movies? I'm not sure, but for the moment,
I'm classifying its survival status as Unknown.
The Devil's Mother-in-Law (1910)Country: USACompany: PatheCommentary:
If you were the devil, and you got married, where would you have your
mother-in-law stay? The answer to that question is probably the main
gag in what I suspect was a comic short; actually, I suspect any movie
with "mother-in-law" in the title is going to turn out to be a comedy.
There's no listing for this one on IMDB.
I think I cast my net too wide. I guess I feared the sin of omission
more than the sin of inclusion. But I'm not going to dwell too much on
decisions made 40-some years ago....
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Dave Sindelar wrote:Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1910)aka Den skaebnesvangre opfindelseDirected by August BlomFeaturing Alwin NeussCountry: DenmarkCompany: Nordisk I suspect the voters either got off on it being an early version of the famous story or were mistaking it for one of the earlier extant versions;
Oct 9 12 12:13 AM
Dave Sindelar wrote:It's time for a few more rarities to get off my hunt list and on this one.The Diamond Mystery (1913)Directed by Charles KentFeaturing Charles Kent, Mary Maurice, Leah BairdCountry: USACompany: Vitagraph The tag line for the movie on IMDB makes it sound like the story won a contest in Motion Picture Story Magazine.
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doctor kiss wrote:I fear that, with this latest bunch of titles, we've had a quintet of LOST films.THE DIAMOND MYSTERY (1913) and DISTILLED SPIRITS (1915) are both considered long-LOST, like the majority of movies by their production companies, Vitagraph and MinA (the latter a contraction of 'Made in America').DR. MESNER'S FATAL PRESCRIPTION (1910) was indeed not a British-made movie, but rather a production of Warwick's French affiliate Raleigh et Robert. The original title was the 'grand guignol'-esque À HUIT HEURES, TU TE SUICIDERAS! ('At Eight O'Clock, You Will Commit Suicide!'), of which - like so much of Raleigh & Robert's output - there is no trace to be found in any online movie database. The movie appears to have been 'strong stuff' and was released only in France and Britain. It too is considered long-LOST; below is a list of R&R's releases for June 1910 by way of proof that the title ever existed at all:
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The Doctor's Experiment (1908) Country: FranceCompany: Gaumont (?)Listed in "Horror and Science Fiction Films" by Donald C. WillisWhat's
intriguing about this one is that it has ten votes on IMDB, which
implies that it still exists. So I'm going to classify it as
Hard-to-Find, even though these votes aren't really proof. Maybe I'd
just like to believe at least ONE of these films exist. The question
mark after the company name is because only one of my sources references
it; the others don't say one way or the other.
Doomed (1909)Country: FranceCompany: Pathe FreresFantastic content: Either hypnotism or Satan himself.Commentary:
One of my sources talks about a man with Satanic hypnotic powers,
while another says that Satan himself is present. Which it is I can't
say, since I haven't seen it.
The Dream of Old Scrooge (1910) aka Il sogno dell'usuraioCountry: ItalyCompany: CinesCommentary: Looks like another adaptation of the Dickens classic. I'm classifying its survival status as Unknown.
The Earthquake Alarm (1909)Country: GermanyCompany: SchultzeCommentary:
According to the Willis guide, the alarm goes off five minutes before
the earthquake, allowing you to hit the snooze button and get a few
extra winks. Beyond that, this movie may actually not be German; I
notice that when I search the title on IMDB, I get a hit, only the movie
I hit on is an Italian movie from a year earlier called L'AVVISATORE DI
TERREMOTO by Itala. Different movies or the same?
Electrocuted (1911) aka L'electrocute Directed by Camille de MorlhonCountry: FranceCompany: Pathe FreresFantastic content: The body of a cook is revived through the use of electricity.Commentary:
I may have the wrong listing on IMDB for this one. The Willis guide
lists a 1907 movie by this title from Pathe, and so does the Walt Lee
guide. The one listed above that I found from IMDB is also from Pathe,
but it's from four years later. However, all the descriptions agree
that it is the body of a cook specifically that is revived, and this
leads me to believe they are all the same movie.
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