Highest Rated Titles With William V. Ranous


1. Romeo and Juliet (I) (1908)

Short, Drama, Romance

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Two feuding houses are united with the marriage and eventual death of their children.

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Paul Panzer, Florence Lawrence, John G. Adolfi, Josephine Atkinson

Votes: 32

2. Les Miserables (Part I) (1909)

Short, Drama

6.9
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The present subject deals with the imprisonment of Jean Valjean and the incidents immediately following his release. He is first shown in his humble home, his family utterly destitute. ... See full summary »

Stars: William V. Ranous, Maurice Costello, William Humphrey, Helene Costello

Votes: 7

3. The Haunted Hotel (1907)

5 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

6.7
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A traveler stays the night at a rural inn, but gets no rest as he is tormented by various spectres and mysterious happenings. The food on the table prepares itself, his clothes leave the ... See full summary »

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Paul Panzer, William V. Ranous

Votes: 131

4. Richard III (1908)

Short, Drama

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Exterior of the Tower of London. Tressel brings to the dethroned Henry VI the news of the loss of the battle of Tewkesbury and the death of the king's son. "Now is the winter of our ... See full summary »

Directors: J. Stuart Blackton, William V. Ranous | Stars: William V. Ranous, Florence Auer, Maurice Costello, Julia Swayne Gordon

Votes: 5

5. Les Misérables (1909)

Short, Drama, History

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The fourth, and last, of the famous scripts de luxe derived from incidents from Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables." In this the story is followed from the love of Marius and Cosette to the ... See full summary »

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: William V. Ranous, Maurice Costello, Hazel Neason, Marc McDermott

Votes: 11

6. Macbeth (1908)

9 min | Short, Drama

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Macbeth usurps the Scottish throne by murdering his predecessor.

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: William V. Ranous, Louise Carver, Paul Panzer, Charles Kent

Votes: 5

7. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1909)

12 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

5.9
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In ancient Athens, four young lovers escape into the woods. Meanwhile, tradesmen rehearse a play. All of them suffer from the shenanigans of mischievous fairies.

Directors: Charles Kent, J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Walter Ackerman, Charles Chapman, Dolores Costello, Helene Costello

Votes: 247

8. Vanity Fair (1911)

Drama, Short

5.9
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(Reel One) Amelia Sedley, accompanied by Miss Becky Sharpe, returns from boarding school. Becky is a natural born flirt. Bashful Joseph Sedley falls desperately in love with her. He takes ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Kent | Stars: Helen Gardner, William V. Ranous, John Bunny, Harry Northrup

Votes: 11

9. Julius Caesar (I) (1908)

Short, Drama, History

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Shakespeare's historical tragedy of the rise and fall of Julius Caesar, told in fifteen scenes.

Directors: J. Stuart Blackton, William V. Ranous | Stars: Charles Kent, William Shea, Maurice Costello, William V. Ranous

Votes: 12

10. The Signal Fire (1912)

Short, Western

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After many days of drifting, the Captain of the good ship Martha finds that he cannot save the vessel which is already a wreck. He will not abandon her, however, but insists that Jack ... See full summary »

Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Herbert Berry, Leo Delaney, Tefft Johnson, Edith Storey

Votes: 6

11. Hiawatha (1909)

15 min | Drama, Short

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Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Gladys Hulette, William V. Ranous

Votes: 7

12. King Lear (1909)

16 min | Drama, Short

5.6
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An aging King invites disaster when he abdicates to his corrupt, toadying daughters and rejects his one loving, but honest one.

Directors: J. Stuart Blackton, William V. Ranous | Stars: William V. Ranous, Julia Arthur, Florence Auer, Maurice Costello

Votes: 50

13. The Merchant of Venice (1908)

9 min | Drama, Short

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A rich merchant, Antonio is depressed for no good reason, until his good friend Bassanio comes to tell him how he's in love with Portia. Portia's father has died and left a very strange ... See full summary »

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Julia Swayne Gordon, William V. Ranous, Florence Turner, Maurice Costello

Votes: 29

14. Antony and Cleopatra (1908)

Short, Drama, History

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The story of the ill-fated love affair between Marc Antony and Cleopatra.

Directors: J. Stuart Blackton, Charles Kent | Stars: Maurice Costello, Florence Lawrence, William V. Ranous, Charles Chapman

Votes: 5

15. She (1908)

Short, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

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A mysterious metal box is bequeathed to Leo, a young Englishman, to be opened on his twenty-fifth birthday. It is opened in the presence of his guardian, and his servant. They find an ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Florence Auer, William V. Ranous

16. Delayed Proposals (1913)

Short, Comedy

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It is sometimes decidedly difficult to get a little privacy on shipboard. Several times Jack Hardy almost reaches the proposal point with Marion Van Sickles, but each time the fates are ... See full summary »

Director: James Young | Stars: Maurice Costello, Clara Kimball Young, James Young, L. Rogers Lytton

17. The Joys of a Jealous Wife (1913)

Short, Comedy

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Director: Maurice Costello | Stars: Maurice Costello, Mae Costello, William V. Ranous, James Young

18. The Mystery of the Stolen Jewels (1913)

Short, Drama, Mystery

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Lambert Chase, the detective, is on his way to Europe: he is surprised to see a box lowered from a ventilator, leading out to the upper deck. He takes the box, and discovers it contains a ... See full summary »

Directors: Maurice Costello, William V. Ranous | Stars: Maurice Costello, Clara Kimball Young, James Young, Kate Price

19. The Perplexed Bridegroom (1914)

Short, Comedy

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Director: Maurice Costello | Stars: Maurice Costello, Clara Kimball Young, William V. Ranous, James Young

20. Francesca di Rimini; or, The Two Brothers (1908)

Drama, Short

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Scene 1: The Letter. Francesca, surrounded by ladies-in-waiting at the palace. Her father enters, and together they read a letter from Lanciotto, asking for the hand of Francesca. Both are ... See full summary »

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: William V. Ranous, Florence Turner, Hector Dion, Paul Panzer

21. Sue Simpkins' Ambition (1912)

Comedy, Short

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My, my, but Sue Simpkins is some elocutionist. With longing aspirations to the stage, she pays a visit to the newly-opened motion picture show and her ambition takes a new turn, and she ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Ince | Stars: Leah Baird, Kingsley Higgins, William V. Ranous, Richard Rosson

22. A Maid of Mandalay (1913)

Short, Drama, Romance

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Director: Maurice Costello | Stars: Maurice Costello, Clara Kimball Young, William V. Ranous, Doris Thompson

23. The Wrath of Osaka (1913)

Drama, Short

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Kobe, the father of Miro, is a grouch. Miro is beloved of Osaka, a poor man, whose suit is rudely rejected by Kobe, who, in a drunken orgy, offers his daughter to the highest bidder among ... See full summary »

Directors: Maurice Costello, William V. Ranous | Stars: Maurice Costello, Clara Kimball Young, William V. Ranous, Stephen Smith

24. Saul and David (1909)

10 min | Short, Drama

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The Biblical story of the shepherd boy who became King of the Israelites.

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Maurice Costello, William V. Ranous, Florence Lawrence

25. Les misérables (Part III) (1909)

Short, Drama

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The third in the series of films de luxe based upon incidents of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. Cosette will be found to be a worthy successor to The Galley Slave and Fantine. Although ... See full summary »

Director: Van Dyke Brooke | Stars: Maurice Costello, William V. Ranous

26. The White Slave; or, The Octoroon (1913)

Drama, Short

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Director: James Young | Stars: Clara Kimball Young, Earle Williams, Herbert Barry, Lillian Walker

27. Les miserables (Part II) (1909)

Short, Drama

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This second incident deals with the unfortunate Fantine and Jean Valjean, now a respectable member of society, thanks to the generous action of the good bishop, and Mayor of the town, is ... See full summary »

Director: Van Dyke Brooke | Stars: Maurice Costello, Mary Maurice, William V. Ranous

28. Cupid Versus Women's Rights (1913)

Comedy, Drama, Short

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Director: Maurice Costello | Stars: Maurice Costello, Clara Kimball Young, William V. Ranous

29. The Lonely Princess (1913)

Short, Drama, Romance

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Director: Maurice Costello | Stars: Maurice Costello, Clara Kimball Young, William V. Ranous, Doris Thompson

30. The Chalice of Courage (1915)

65 min | Action, Drama, Romance

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Fearing James Armstrong, a former suitor, Louise Newbold. accompanies her husband William on a trip to the Colorado Rockies. While riding a mountain trail, Louise and her horse fall over a ... See full summary »

Director: Rollin S. Sturgeon | Stars: William Duncan, Myrtle Gonzalez, Natalie De Lontan, George Holt

31. Life's a Game of Cards (1908)

Short, Drama, Western

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Prelude: Sir John Lubbock says "Life's a Game" like the game of cards, fate deals each hand, daily, face down. In life, "It is not always in holding a good hand but in playing a bad band ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: William V. Ranous

32. Treasure Island (1913)

Short, Thriller

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Director: William V. Ranous | Star: William V. Ranous

33. Man, Hat and Cocktail, a New Drink, But an Old Joke (1907)

Short, Comedy

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Director: William V. Ranous

35. Love's Stratagem (1909)

Short, Romance

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Director: Harry Solter | Stars: William V. Ranous, Florence Lawrence, King Baggot

36. The Heart of Esmeralda (1912)

Short, Drama

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Esmeralda Foster, an attractive girl, is very much impressed with Duncan Miller, a crafty country swain, who makes love to Esmeralda because of her father's wealth. Ben Holt, who has been ... See full summary »

Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Edith Storey, Helen Gardner, Ralph Ince, James Morrison

37. The Spirit of the Orient (1913)

Short, Drama, Romance

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A wealthy Englishman living in the suburbs of Bombay, the Hon. Sir Leslie Gillespie, is ensnared into marrying a beautiful but half-caste Hindu girl. He had rescued her from starvation and ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Costello | Stars: Maurice Costello, Clara Kimball Young, Mae Costello, William V. Ranous

38. The One Good Turn (1913)

Drama, Short

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Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Florence Turner, Leo Delaney, Mae Costello, Helene Costello

39. The Skull (1913)

Short, Drama, Thriller

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Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Florence Turner, Leo Delaney, George Cooper, Edwin R. Phillips

40. Bread Upon the Waters (1914)

20 min | Short, Drama

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Director: Wilfrid North | Stars: Etienne Girardot, Lillian Walker, Kate Price, Harry Northrup

41. The Easterner; or, A Tale of the West (1907)

Short, Western

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Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Star: William V. Ranous

42. The Locked House (1914)

Short, Comedy

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Director: George D. Baker | Stars: John Bunny, Flora Finch, Charles Eldridge, Ethel Corcoran

43. A Self-Made Hero (1910)

Short, Comedy, Romance

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A young man desperately tries to win over his sweetheart's father through various impossible situations.

Director: Harry Solter | Stars: Florence Lawrence, King Baggot, William V. Ranous

44. The Face on the Bar-Room Floor (1908)

Short, Drama

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The Unexpected: A convivial group around the bar. Weary Willie blows in. A human wreck. Amuses the crowd. Gets free drink. Chance word awakens pride. A soul laid bare. His Life's Story: ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Charles Inslee, William V. Ranous, David Wall

46. The Spy: A Romantic Story of the Civil War (1907)

Short, Drama

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Director: William V. Ranous | Star: John G. Adolfi

47. Jack's Chrysanthemum (1913)

Short, Drama, Romance

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Lingering amidst the beautiful scenery of Southern Japan in search of pretty subjects for his paintings, Jack one day meets his heart's desire. In turning a corner in his rikshaw he ... See full summary »

Directors: Maurice Costello, William V. Ranous | Stars: Maurice Costello, Clara Kimball Young, James Young, William V. Ranous

48. The New Private Secretary (1913)

Short, Drama

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Director: William V. Ranous | Star: Leonard Grover

49. The Taming of Betty (1913)

Short, Comedy

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Director: Maurice Costello | Stars: Maurice Costello, Clara Kimball Young, William V. Ranous, Doris Thompson

50. Bargain Fiend; or, Shopping à la Mode (1907)

Drama, Short

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Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Florence Lawrence, Florence Turner

51. A Faithful Servant (1913)

Drama, Short

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Director: Maurice Costello | Stars: Maurice Costello, Clara Kimball Young, William V. Ranous, James Young

52. The Little Minister (1913)

Short, Drama, Romance

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Director: James Young | Stars: Clara Kimball Young, James Young, Mrs. E.M. Kimball, Robert Gaillard

53. Mr. Mintern's Misadventures (1913)

Short, Comedy

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Madison Mintern is crossed in love. He goes to Europe. Muriel Leach, also crossed in love, and hating men, takes passage on the same boat. Trapper, a detective, also a passenger, is in ... See full summary »

Directors: Maurice Costello, William V. Ranous | Stars: Maurice Costello, Clara Kimball Young, James Young, William V. Ranous

54. The Discoverers: A Grand Historical Pageant Picturing the Discovery and Founding of New France, Canada (1908)

Short, Drama

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Our picture opens in the Indian village of Stadacone, now the City of Quebec, in the year 1534. A lone Indian standing on the bank overlooking the river sees strange ships approaching. He ... See full summary »

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Star: William V. Ranous

55. Heroes of the Mutiny (1911)

Drama, Short

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Gerald O'Hara, a young officer in the Anglo-Indian Army, is in love with his Colonel's daughter. One day he sees Harab, an Indian merchant, unmercifully beating one of his servants, who has... See full summary »

Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Ralph Ince, Rose Tapley, Zena Keefe, Tom Fortune

56. The Mystery of the Stolen Child (1913)

Short, Drama

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An enemy of Mr. Frost, desiring revenge, reads of the death of Mr. and Mrs. Marvell, his daughter and son-in-law. Mr. Frost adopts the little girl and requires a nurse. His enemy sends a ... See full summary »

Directors: Maurice Costello, William V. Ranous | Stars: Maurice Costello, Helene Costello, Clara Kimball Young, George Cooper

57. The Voiceless Message (1911)

Drama, Short

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Mr. and Mrs. Tinsdale, a wealthy couple, after the death of their little daughter, are inconsolable until one day they visit an orphan asylum and see a sweet little deaf and dumb girl, whom... See full summary »

Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Robert Gaillard, Anne Schaefer, Adele DeGarde, William R. Dunn

58. Poet and Peasant (1912)

Drama, Romance, Short

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Louis La Salle, a young poet, tired of the dissipations of Paris, resolves to quit Paris for a summer holiday and go for a walking tour in Normandy. Mr. Savard lives on his small farm with ... See full summary »

Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Herbert Barry, Charles Eldridge, Clara Kimball Young, James Young

59. The Hindoo Charm (1913)

Short, Drama

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Director: Maurice Costello | Stars: Maurice Costello, Clara Kimball Young, James Young, William V. Ranous

60. Civilization (1911)

Short, Drama

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Star: William V. Ranous

61. Little Partner (1916)

Short, Drama

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Agnes Vernon is the daughter of an old prospector whose hard luck leads him to turn holdup. The father is hanged and the girl, unknowing the real truth, becomes the ward of two young and successful miners.

Director: William Worthington | Stars: Franklyn Farnum, Agnes Vernon, William V. Ranous, Clyde Benson

62. The Higher Mercy (1912)

Drama, Short

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No matter how absorbed with affairs of state, Abraham Lincoln was always ready to give audience to his little son Tad. Little Tad, playing at the boat landing of the White House lake, falls... See full summary »

Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Ralph Ince, Julia Swayne Gordon, James Morrison, Rose Tapley

63. Yellow Bird (1912)

Short, Drama

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Disregarding the sanctity of "Song Bird's" feelings, John Strong, a young surveyor in the pioneer forests of the west, makes love to the Indian maiden whenever he chances to meet her, until... See full summary »

Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Helen Gardner, Tefft Johnson, Edith Storey, James Morrison

64. The Way Out (1913)

Drama, Short, Comedy

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Directors: Maurice Costello, William V. Ranous | Stars: Maurice Costello, Clara Kimball Young, Kate Price, Flora Finch

65. An Intercepted Vengeance (1915)

Short, Western

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Director: Ulysses Davis | Stars: Patricia Palmer, Jack Mower, George Stanley, William V. Ranous

66. Maria's Sacrifice (1914)

Short, Drama

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Director: William Humphrey | Stars: William Humphrey, Eulalie Jensen, S. Rankin Drew, William V. Ranous

67. The Serpents (1912)

Short, Drama

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Wending their way and locating in a land far from the contentions through which they passed a few weeks before, Eric and Chloe are located in a garden spot of primeval beauty, surrounded by... See full summary »

Directors: Charles L. Gaskill, Ralph Ince | Stars: Edith Storey, Ralph Ince, Helen Gardner, Tefft Johnson

68. Western Courtship: A Love Story of Arizona (1908)

Short, Western

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In a room of the modest home of a western ranchman, the owner, a middle-aged man, is seated smoking. His daughter, Beth, young, pretty, simply but becomingly dressed, is sewing. The girl ... See full summary »

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Star: William V. Ranous

69. The Life of Buffalo Bill (1912)

Short, Biography, Western

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Director: Paul Panzer | Stars: William F. Cody, William James Craft, Irving Cummings, Paul Panzer

70. The Gentleman Burglar (1908)

Crime, Drama, Short

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The Proposal: The gentleman burglar walking with his lady love. They admire the grandeur and beauty of nature. He proposes and she accepts. She does not suspect his occupation. Turning Over... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: William V. Ranous

71. Alixe; or, The Test of Friendship (1913)

Short, Drama

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Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Helen Gardner, Harry T. Morey, Earle Williams, Harry Northrup

72. Skinner's Finish (1908)

Short, Comedy

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Side Show: Showing side show tent of a traveling circus. The Fat Lady, Midget Woman, Giantess, Siamese Twins, the Snake Charmer, Zulu Girl, the Bearded Lady; all are in love with the ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Charles Inslee, William V. Ranous

73. The New Magdalen (1910)

Short

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Mercy Merrick, a beautiful young English woman, is the victim of a heartless man. When she learns that he is married she is about to commit suicide and is prevented from doing so by Julian ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph A. Golden | Stars: Pearl White, Paul Panzer, William V. Ranous

74. Saving the Special (1911)

Short, Action, Drama

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Pete Black determines to win the wife of the engineer, Jim White. He comes to Jim's home and makes advances to Mrs. White; she repulses him and he leaves the house in anger. The time is due... See full summary »

Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Robert Gaillard, Julia Swayne Gordon, Adele DeGarde, William R. Dunn

75. An Eventful Elopement (1912)

Comedy, Romance, Short

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Emphatically opposed to Jack Moss, old Mr. McGillicuddy puts the ban on his marriage to his daughter Dolly. The old gentleman is adamant to the appeals of the young lovers and interposes ... See full summary »

Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Edwin R. Phillips, John Bunny, Lillian Walker, Kate Price

76. The Upper Hand (1914)

Drama, Short

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Director: William Humphrey | Stars: William Humphrey, Leah Baird, Rex Ingram, William V. Ranous

77. Othello (I) (1908)

Short, Drama, Romance

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The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.

Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: William V. Ranous, Julia Swayne Gordon, Hector Dion, Paul Panzer

78. Tommy's Sister (1912)

Drama, Short

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Left with two small children, Mrs. Morgan finds it difficult to make both ends meet. Polly, her daughter, does the housework. Tommy is looking for a situation to help his mother. He applies... See full summary »

Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Zena Keefe, James Morrison, Rose Tapley

79. The Hindoo's Curse (1912)

Drama, Short

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Living by their wits in India, two adventurers, Guy Randall and Jack Lowell, are caught cheating in a game of cards at the English army quarters. They are about to leave India, when their ... See full summary »

Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Harry Northrup, Herbert Barry, Zena Keefe, Tefft Johnson

80. At the Eleventh Hour (I) (1912)

Drama, Short

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During a social call at the handsome residence of the Daly's, the men drift into business matters, and Mrs. Daly and Mrs. Richards occupy their time with small talk. Richards has some D. & ... See full summary »

Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Harry Northrup, Lillian Walker, Herbert Barry, Zena Keefe

81. Love Will Out (1914)

Short, Comedy, Drama

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Director: Ulysses Davis | Stars: J. Carlton Wetherby, Patricia Palmer, William V. Ranous, William R. Dunn

82. David Garrick (1914)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

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Director: James Young | Stars: James Young, Clara Kimball Young, Edward Kimball, Albert Roccardi