Lillian Gish with the Biograph Company (1912 – 1916)

 

Lillian Gish with the Biograph Company (1912 – 1916)

  • D. W. Griffith and the Biograph Company
  • by Cooper C. Graham Steven Higgins Elaine Mancini Joao Luiz Vieira
  • The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Metuchen, N.J., and London 1985

*** Early 1912 – 1914 Lillian Gish appeared in a lot of Biograph short productions, unfortunately lost or deteriorated. Some of the (below) titles are not even mentioned in her biography /filmography.

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AN UNSEEN ENEMY – 1912

D. W. Griffith (d); Edward Acker (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); finished July 1912 (f); New York (1); 9 September 1912 (r); 999 feet (rl); LU38 / 16 October 1912 (copyright)Dorothy Gish, Lillian Gish (The Sisters); Elmer Booth (Their brother); Grace Henderson (Maid); Harry Carey (Her accomplice); Robert Har- ron (A friend); Walter Miller (Car owner); Adolph Lestina (In boarding house); ? (Telegraph man); Antonio Moreno (On bridge) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 24 September 1915.

SO NEAR, YET SO FAR – 1912

D. W. Griffith (d); George Hennessy [“Their First Meeting”] (au);G. W. Bitzer (c); finished July 1912 (f); New York (1); 30 September 1912 (r); 999 feet (rl); LU54 / 23 October 1912 (copyright) Walter Miller (Howard); Mary Pickford (Young woman); L. M. Wells? (Her father); Robert Harron (The rival); ? (Brother); Charles Hill Mailes, Claire McDowell (Rich friends in other town); ? (Maid); Lionel Barrymore, Antonio Moreno, Courtenay Foote, Adolph Lestina, Robert Harron, W. Christy Cabanne, Gus Pixley, W. C. Robinson, J. Waltham (In club); Elmer Booth, Harry Carey (Thieves); Dorothy Gish, Lillian Gish (Friends); W. Christy Cabanne, Florence Geneva (On street)

IN THE AISLES OF THE WILD – 1912

D. W. Griffith (d); Stanner E. V. Taylor (a.u); G. W. Bitzer (c); c. July 1912 (f); New York (1); 14 October 1912 (r); one reel (rl); LU68 / 30 October 1912 (copyright) Fragment: Claire McDowell (Elder daughter); Lillian Gish (Younger daughter); William J. Butler (Widower); Henry B. Walthall (Jim Watson); Harry Carey (Bob Cole); Alfred Paget (Indian); Elmer Booth, Charles Hill Mailes (Woodsmen) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 10 January 1916.

THE PAINTED LADY – 1912

D. W. Griffith (d); D. W. Griffith (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); c. August 1912 (f); New York (1); 24 October 1912 (r); one reel (rl); LU72 / 30 October 1912 (copyright) Blanche Sweet (Elder sister); Madge Kirby (Younger sister); Charles Hill Mailes (Father); Kate Bruce (Maid); Joseph Graybill (The Stranger); William J. Butler (Minister); Harry Carey, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Miller, W. Christy Cabanne, Henry B. Walthall, Robert Harron, Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Elmer Booth, Jack Pickford, Walter P. Lewis (At ice cream festival); ? (Stranger’s accomplice); Gladys Egan, ? (Girls); Harry Carey, Charles Gorman (Hired hands) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 10 December 1915.

A Timely Interception – Lillian Gish Biograph

THE MUSKETEERS OF PIG ALLEY – 1912

D. W. Griffith (d); D. W. Griffith (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); c. September 1912 (f); New York (1); 31 October 1912 (r); one reel (rl); LU90 / 4 November 1912 (copyright) Elmer Booth (Snapper Kid); Lillian Gish (The Little Lady); Clara T. Bracey (Her mother); Walter Miller (Musician); Alfred Paget (Rival gang leader); John T. Dillon (Policeman); Madge Kirby (Little Lady’s friend); Harry Carey (In Snapper Kid’s gang); Robert Harron, W. C. Robinson (In rival gang); Adolph Lestina (Bartender); Jack Pickford (A gang member); Dorothy Gish, Adolph Lestina, Kathleen Butler (On street); Madge Kirby, Robert Harron, Walter P. Lewis, J. Waltham (In alley); Jack Pickford, Antonio Moreno, Gertrude Bambrick, W. Christy Cabanne, Robert Harron, Kathleen Butler, Frank Evans, Walter P. Lewis, Marie Newton (At dance); ? (Musician’s friend) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 5 November 1915.

GOLD AND GLITTER – 1912

D. W. Griffith (d); George Hennessy [“True Gold That Glitters”] (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); finished October 1912 (f); New York (L); 11 November 1912 (r); 999 feet (rl); LU109 / 13 November 1912 (copyright) Fragment: Elmer Booth (Husband); Grace Lewis (Wife); Lionel Barrymore (Lover); Lillian Gish (young woman); William J. Butler, Walter P. Lewis (Her older brothers); John T. Dillon, Harry Carey, Joseph Graybill, W. C. Robinson (Lumbermen); Dorothy Gish (On street); Alfred Paget (In canoe); ? (Young mother)

THE INFORMER – 1912

D. W. Griffith (d); George Hennessy (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); finished October 1912 (f); Milford, Pennsylvania (1); 21 November 1912 (r); 1080 feet (rl); LU131 / 23 November 1912 (copyright) Walter Miller (Confederate captain); Mary Pickford (His sweetheart); Henry B. Walthall (False brother); Kate Bruce (Mother); Harry Carey (Union corporal); Lionel Barrymore, John T. Dillon, Elmer Booth, Joseph Graybill, W. C. Robinson (Union soldiers); Alfred Paget (Confederate general); Edward Dillon (Confederate soldier); Clara T. Bracey[blackface] (Servant); Jack Pickford[blackface] (Boy); W. Christy Cabanne, Robert Harron, Dorothy Gish, Lillian Gish (Other couples)

BRUTALITY – 1912

D. W. Griffith (d); George Hennessy [“The Brute”] (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); finished October 1912 (f); New York (1); 2 December 1912 (r); two reels (rl); LU144 / 29 November 1912 (copyright) Walter Miller (Young man); Mae Marsh (Young woman); Joseph Graybill (Victim of anger); Lionel Barrymore, John T. Dillon, Clara T. Bracey, Walter P. Lewis (At wedding); ? (Bouncer); John T. Dillon, Alfred Paget, Frank Evans (Outside bar); Harry Carey, Clara T. Bracey, Madge Kirby, W. C. Robinson, Charles Hill Mailes, Jack Pickford, Gus Pixley, William J. Butler, J. Waltham, Lillian Gish (At theater); Elmer Booth, Henry B. Walthall (In play) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 1 October 1915.

THE NEW YORK HAT – 1912

D. W. Griffith (d); Anita Loos (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); finished November 1912 (f); New York (l); 5 December 1912 (r); 999 feet (rl); LU151 / 5 December 1912 (copyright) Mary Pickford (Young woman); Charles Hill Mailes (Her father); Kate Bruce (Her mother); Lionel Barrymore (Minister); Alfred Paget (Doctor); Claire McDowell, Mae Marsh, Clara T. Bracey (Gossips); Madge Kirby (Shopkeeper); Lillian Gish, Gertrude Bambrick, W. C. Robinson (In shop); Jack Pickford, Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Gertrude Bambrick (Outside church); Walter P. Lewis, John T. Dillon, Adolph Lestina (Church board); Madge Kirby (At mother’s deathbed); Kathleen Butler, Marguerite Marsh (Window shoppers) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 6 November 1916.

THE BURGLAR’S DILEMMA – 1912

D. W. Griffith (d); Lionel Barrymore [“The Brothers”] (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); finished November 1912 (f); New York (I); 16 December 1912 (r); 998 feet (rl); LU169 / 13 December 1912 (copyright) Lionel Barrymore (Householder); Henry B. Walthall (The weakling brother); Adolph Lestina (Butler); Lillian Gish, Madge Kirby, Gertrude Bambrick, J. Jiquel Lanoe (Householder’s friends); Harry Carey, Robert Harron (Thieves); W. C. Robinson, ? (Policemen); Alfred Paget, John T. Dillon (Detectives); Charles H. West (Medic); Frank Evans (Policeman) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 28 February 1916.

A CRY FOR HELP – 1912

D. W. Griffith (d); Edward Acker (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); finished November 1912 (f); New York (1); 23 December 1912 (r); 1000 feet (rl); LU185 / 18 December 1912 (copyright) Lionel Barrymore (The Bum); Walter Miller (Doctor); Lillian Gish (Maid); Harry Carey (Thief); Alfred Paget, John T. Dillon, ? (Policemen); Robert Harron, W. Christy Cabanne, John T. Dillon (Witnesses to accident); Claire McDowell (Charity patient) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 17 April 1916.

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OIL AND WATER – 1912

D. W. Griffith (d); E. J. Montagne [“The Better Way”] (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); finished November 1912 (f); New York (1); 6 February 1913 (r); 1513 feet (rl); LU329 / 31 January 1913 (copyright) Fragment: Blanche Sweet (Mile. Genova); Henry B. Walthall (The Idealist); Walter Miller (His brother, a minister); Clara T. Bracey (Nurse); ? (Child); Lionel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Kathleen Butler, Dorothy Gish, W. Chrystie Miller, J. Jiquel Lanoe, Charles H. West, Frank Evans, Matt B. Snyder (In theater audience); J. Jiquel Lanoe, Alfred Paget, William J. Butler?, Gertrude Bambrick, Kathleen Butler (Among dancers); Charles H. West, Lionel Barrymore, John T. Dillon, Adolph Lestina, Frank Evans (In second audience); Joseph McDermott, Antonio Moreno, L. Willis (Actors in play); Harry Carey (Stage manager); Joseph McDermott, Harry Carey, John T. Dillon (At dinner); ? (Maid); ? (Governess); Lionel Barrymore (Visitor); ? (Father Time) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 10 September 1915 and 21 November 1916.

THE UNWELCOME GUEST – 1912

D. W. Griffith (d); George Hennessy (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); c. October 1912 (f); New York a); 15 March 1913 (r); 1004 feet (rl); LU456 / 10 March 1913 (copyright) Mary Pickford (The Slavey); W. Chrystie Miller (The old father); Charles Hill Mailes (The son); Claire McDowell (His wife); Jack Pickford, ? (Their children); Elmer Booth (Hired hand); Kate Bruce (Old wife); Harry Carey (Sheriff?); J. Jiquel Lanoe (Doctor); Lillian Gish, Frank Evans, Adolph Lestina, W. C. Robinson, Lionel Barrymore (At auction) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 26 June 1916.

A MISUNDERSTOOD BOY – 1913

D. W. Griffith (d); W. Christy Cabanne (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); finished February 1913 (f); California (1); 19 April 1913 (r); 998 feet (rl); LU620 / 18 April 1913 (copyright) Fragment: Kate Bruce, Lionel Barrymore (Parents); Lillian Gish, Robert Harron (Children); W. Christy Cabanne (On street); Alfred Paget (Vigilante leader); William Carroll, Antonio Moreno, Joseph McDermott, W. C. Robinson? (Vigilantes); Charles Hill Mailes, Viola Barry (Thieving merchants); Frank Opperman (In next town); ? (Girl) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 19 June 1916.

THE LEFT-HANDED MAN – 1913

D. W. Griffith?/Anthony O’Sullivan? (d); Frank E. Woods (au); G. W. Bitzer? (c); c. February 1913 (f); California (1); 21 April 1913 (r); one reel (rl); LU621 / 19 April 1913 (copyright) Fragment: ? (Old soldier); Lillian Gish (His daughter); Charles H. West (Her sweetheart); Harry Carey (Thief); ? (Desk clerk); Charles Gorman (In bar); Frank Evans, Joseph McDermott, William Elmer, Alfred Paget (Policemen); William J. Butler, Kathleen Butler (In court); William Carroll (Extra)

THE CURE – 1913

Dell Henderson (d); Laura B. Chandler (au); c. February 1913 (f); California (1); 24 April 1913 (r); one-half reel (rl); LU633 / 22 April 1913 (copyright) Lillian Gish (Young woman); Lionel Barrymore (Her father); Harry Hyde (Rich man/tramp); Dorothy Gish (Sick sister); Kate Toncray (The aunt); Robert Harron (Young friend); Adolph Lestina (Doctor); Henry B. Walthall, Viola Barry, J. Jiquel Lanoe (At garden party); W. C. Robinson, Frank Opperman, Joseph McDermott (Creditors) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 13 March 1916.

THE HOUSE OF DARKNESS – 1913

D. W. Griffith (d); J. F. Looney [“Saved by Music”] (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); finished March 1913 (f); California (1); 10 May 1913 (r); one reel (rl); LU670 / 3 May 1913 (copyright) Lionel Barrymore (The doctor); Claire McDowell (His wife); Charles Hill Mailes (The “unfortunate” patient); Lillian Gish (Nurse); Kate Bruce, Adolph Lestina, Frank Opperman (Patients); Walter Miller, J. Jiquel Lanoe, Frank Opperman (Clerks); Alfred Paget, W. C. Robinson, William Elmer (Guards); Robert Harron, Joseph McDermott (Searchers); W. Christy Cabanne, ? (Attack victims); Mrs. Adelaide Bronti (In tenement apartment); William J. Butler (Extra) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 6 March 1916.

JUST GOLD – 1913

D. W. Griffith (d); D. W. Griffith (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); March 1913 (f); California (1); 24 May 1913 (r); 999 feet (rl); LU756 / 17 May 1913 (copyright) Lionel Barrymore, Alfred Paget, Charles H. West, Joseph McDermott (The brothers); Kate Bruce, Charles Hill Mailes (Their parents); Lillian Gish (The sweetheart); Dorothy Gish (Her friend); Adolph Lestina, Frank Opperman, Kathleen Butler (At farewell); Adolph Lestina, Frank Opperman (In town); ? (Indians) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 14 February 1916.

Lillian Gish Richard Barthelmess Dorothy Gish and Donald Crisp – Biograph team

A TIMELY INTERCEPTION – 1913

D. W. Griffith (d); W. Christy Cabanne (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); finished 31 March 1913 (f); California (l); 7 June 1913 (r); 998 feet (rl); LU801 / 2 June 1913 (copyright) W. Chrystie Miller (Farmer); Lillian Gish (His daughter); Robert Harron (His adopted son); Lionel Barrymore (His brother); Joseph McDermott, William J. Butler, Alfred Paget (The oil syndicate); Frank Evans, Frank Opperman (Foremen); Adolph Lestina (Brother’s friend); Charles Gorman (Policeman); ? (Brother’s daughter); ? (Two creditors) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 9 July 1915.

THE MOTHERING HEART – 1913

D. W. Griffith (d); Hazel H. Hubbard [“Mother Love”] (au); G. W. Bitzer (c); begun March, finished April 1913 (f); California (1); 21 June 1913 (r); 1525 feet (rl); LU835 / 14 June 1913 (copyright) Walter Miller (Husband); Lillian Gish (Wife); Kate Bruce (Her mother); Peggy Pearce (The “Idle Woman”); Charles H. West (Her “New Light”); Adolph Lestina (Doctor); Jennie Lee (Wash customer); Charles Murray, Gertrude Bambrick (Lead dancers); Joseph McDermott, Charles H. West (Among waiters); Harry Hyde, J. Jiquel Lanoe, W. Christy Cabanne, Viola Barry (Outside club); William Elmer (Doorman); Adolph Lestina, John T. Dillon, Henry B. Walthall, Edward Dillon, W. C. Robinson, Charles Hill Mailes, Alfred Paget, William J. Butler, Dell Henderson, J. Jiquel Lanoe, Gus Pixley (Club patrons) NOTE: According to Moving Picture World, 17 May 1913, p. 690, this took five weeks to film and tho club scenes cost $1800 exclusive of salaries. This news item announced that the film would be released at the “odd length” of 1700 feet.

DURING THE ROUND-UP – 1913

W. Christy Cabanne (d); W. Christy Cabanne (au); finished 31 May 1913 (f); California (1); 19 July 1913 (r); 997 feet (rl); LU922 / 11 July 1913 (copyright) Fragment: Frank Opperman (The ranchero); Lillian Gish (His daughter); Henry B. Walthall (The stranger); ? (His accomplice); William Carroll (The Mexican); Fred Burns (Foreman); Bob Burns (His brother) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 8 May 1916. According to Moving Picture World, 26 July 1913, pp. 415-416, this was the first film Cabanne | sic] directed for Biograph. It was especially noted that he was no longer a Griffith assistant.

AN INDIAN’S LOYALTY – 1913

W. Christy Cabanne? (d); Fred Burns [“The Loyal Indian”] (au); finished 5 June 1913 (f); California (1); 16 August 1913 (r); 1000 feet (rl); LU1085 / 11 August 1913 (copyright) Fragment: Frank Opperman (Ranchero); Lillian Gish (His daughter); Edward Dillon (Young foreman); Eagle Eye (Indian); Fred Burns (Ranchhand); Lionel Barrymore (Cattle buyer); William Carroll (Accomplice) NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 2 October 1916.

A WOMAN IN THE ULTIMATE – 1913

Dell Henderson (d); William E. Wing (au); finished 16 July 1913 (f); New York (1); 4 September 1913 (r); 999 feet (rl); LU1211 / 6 September 1913 (copyright) Fragment: Lillian Gish (Verda); Charles Hill Mailes (Her stepfather); Henry B. Walthall, Alfred Paget, John T. Dillon, Joseph McDermott (Badger Gang); ? (Dancers); ? (Policeman)

A MODEST HERO – 1913

Dell Henderson (d); George Hennessy (au); finished 22 July 1913 (f); New York (1); 8 September 1913 (r); 1000 feet (rl); LU1216 / 8 September 1913 (copyright) Fragment: Walter Miller (Husband); Lillian Gish (Wife); ? (Mother); Charles Hill Mailes, John T. Dillon (Thieves); Charles H. West (Crook/Cleaning man); Alfred Paget, ? (Policemen) NOTE: Partial cast due to fragment deterioration.

SO RUNS THE WAY – 1913

W. Christy Cabanne (d); W. Christy Cabanne (au); finished 18 August 1913 (f); New York (1); 11 October 1913 (r); 998 feet (rl); LU1356 /9 October 1913 (copyright) Fragment: Reggie Morris (Frederick A. Paulson); ? (His popular sister); Lillian Gish (Young woman); ? (Aspiring mother); W. C. Robinson (Butler); Kate Toncray (At party); Joseph McDermott (Detective)

THE MADONNA OF THE STORM – 1913

Alfred Paget? (d); M. B. Havey [“Out of the Storm”] (au); finished 28 August 1913 (f); New York (1); 25 October 1913 (r); 999 feet (rl); LU1456 / 25 October 1913 (copyright) Fragment: Lillian Gish (Mother); Charles Hill Mailes (Father); J. Jiquel Lanoe (Club-man); ? (The demi-monde); W. C. Robinson (Waiter); ? (At club)

JUDITH OF BETHULIA – 1914

D. W. Griffith (d); Grace A. Pierce [“Judith and Holofernes”] (au); Judith of Bethulia, the play and “Judith and Holofernes, ” the poem by Thomas Bailey Aldrich, from the Book of Judith in the Apocrypha of the Old Testament (s); G. W. Bitzer (c); June-July 1913 (f); California/New York (1); 8 March 1914 (r); four reels (rl); LP1660 / 31 October 1913 and LU1591 / 17 November 1913 (copyright)

Blanche Sweet (Judith); Henry B. Walthall (Holofernes); Mae Marsh (Naomi); Robert Harron (Nathan, son of Eliah); Kate Bruce (Marah, Judith’s servant); Lillian Gish (Young mother); J. Jiquel Lanoe (Holo- fernes’ eunuch); Dorothy Gish (Crippled beggar); Kate Toncray, ? (Judith’s servants); Frank Opperman, Adolph Lestina, W. Chrystie Miller, Jennie Lee, J. Jiquel Lanoe, Kathleen Butler, William J. Butler, Alfred Paget, Harry Hyde, Clara T. Bracey (Inhabitants of (Bethulia); Harry Hyde, W. C. Robinson, Frank Evans, Charles Hill Mailes (Soldiers of Bethulia); Gertrude Bambrick (Lead Assyrian dancer); Harry Carey (Assyrian traitor); Harry Hyde, William Car- roll, Alfred Paget (Assyrian soldiers)

NOTE: Reissued by Biograph in January 1917 as HER CONDONED SIN [LP10278 / 12 January 1917 (copyright)]. Expanded to six reels and new titles added, this version was offered to exhibitors on a states’ rights basis. Reviews of the time noted that the extra footage was taken from 150, 000 feet of original negative. Thomas Bailey Aldrich is identified as the author in Catalogue of Copyright Entries: 1912-1939.

THE BATTLE AT ELDERBUSH GULCH – 1914

D. W. Griffith (d); G. W. Bitzer (c); finished 8 May 1913 (f); California ft); 28 March 1914 (r); 2021 feet (rl); LU893 / 1 July 1913 and LP1807 / 15 July 1913 (copyright)

Mae Marsh, Leslie Loveridge (The waifs); Alfred Paget (Their uncle); Robert Harron, Lillian Gish (Young couple); Charles Hill Mailes (Ranch boss); William Carroll (The Mexican); Frank Opperman (Indian chief); Henry B. Walthall (His son); Joseph McDermott, Jennie Lee (Waifs’ guardians); Charles Gorman, W. C. Robinson, Alfred Paget (Among Indians); W. Chrystie Miller, Frank Opperman, Kate Bruce (Among settlers); Joseph McDermott, Henry B. Walthall, Elmo Lincoln (In cavalry); Frank Opperman (In wagon); ? (Wagon driver)

NOTE: Reissued by Biograph 30 July 1915 and 24 October 1916.

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