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J. Searle Dawley (1877–1949)

J. Searle Dawley, the man who considered himself "the first motion picture director", was born James Searle Dawley on 5/13/1877 in Del Norte, CO. He was educated in Denver, and after graduating in 1895 became an actor with Louis Morrison's stock theatrical company. The tour he was hired for was canceled, however, and he returned to Denver. In 1897 ... See full bio »

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 1924 Abraham Lincoln (Short)
 1923 Love's Old Sweet Song (Short)
 1921 Beyond Price
 1919 Twilight
 1918 The Lie
 1917 Bab's Burglar
 1917 Bab's Diary
 1916/I Snow White
 1916 Mice and Men
 1915 Still Waters
 1915 The Rehearsal (Short)
 1915 Four Feathers
 1914 The Oath of a Viking (Short)
 1914 A Good Little Devil (uncredited)
 1914 An American Citizen (Short)
 1913 A Tudor Princess (Short)
 1913 The Daughter of the Hills (Short)
 1913 Leah Kleschna
 1913 Caprice (Short)
 1913 An Hour Before Dawn (Short)
 1913 Chelsea 7750 (Short)
 1913 The Ghost of Granleigh (Short)
 1913 The Rightful Heir (Short)
 1913 Bill's Sweetheart (Short)
 1913 On the Broad Stairway (Short)
 1913 The Diamond Crown (Short)
 1913 Right for Right's Sake (Short)
 1913 Dances of the Ages (Documentary short)
 1913 Groundless Suspicion (Short)
 1913 Hulda of Holland (Short)
 1913 The Well Sick Man (Short)
 1913 Master and Man (Short)
 1913 A Way to the Underworld (Short)
 1913 The Priest and the Man (Short)
 1913 In a Japanese Tea Garden (Short)
 1913 The Old Monk's Tale (Short)
 1913 The City of San Francisco (Documentary short)
 1913 The Lorelei (Short)
 1913 False to Their Trust (Short)
 1913 The Eldorado Lode (Short)
 1913 The Red Man's Burden (Short)
 1912 A Clue to Her Parentage (Short)
 1912 Love Among the Geysers (Short)
 1912 The First Settler's Story (Short)
 1912 Harnessing a Mountain Stream (Documentary short)
 1912 A Forest Fire (Documentary short)
 1912 Salt Lake City, Utah, and Its Surroundings (Documentary short)
 1912 Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, U.S. (Documentary short)
 1912 Copper Mines at Bingham, Utah (Documentary short)
 1912 Glimpses of Bermuda (Documentary short)
 1912 Calumet 'K' (Short)
 1912 'Ostler Joe (Short)
 1912 Aladdin Up-to-Date (Short)
 1912 In His Father's Steps (Short)
 1912 The Lord and the Peasant (Short)
 1912 More Precious Than Gold (Short)
 1912 The Relief of Lucknow (Short)
 1912 For Valour (Short)
 1912 Between Two Fires (Short)
 1912 Master and Pupil (Short)
 1912 A Prisoner of War (Short)
 1912 Martin Chuzzlewit (Short)
 1912 The Man Who Made Good (Short)
 1912 The Passion Flower (Short)
 1912 Treasure Island (Short)
 1912 The Spanish Cavalier (Short)
 1912 The House with the Tall Porch (Short) (as J.S. Dawley)
 1912 Personally Conducted: A Trip to Bermuda (Documentary short)
 1912 The Corsican Brothers (Short)
 1912/I Jack, the Giant Killer (Short)
 1911 Napoleon at Saint Helena (Short)
 1911 A Perilous Ride (Short)
 1911 A Modern Cinderella (Short)
 1911/I Three of a Kind (Short)
 1911 The Big Dam (Short)
 1911 The Sailor's Love Letter (Short)
 1911 The Sheriff (Short)
 1911 Under the Tropical Sun (Short)
 1911 The Battle of Bunker Hill (Short)
 1911 The Doomed Ship (Short)
 1911 The Star Spangled Banner (Short)
 1911 A Thoroughbred (Short)
 1911/I Aida (Short)
 1911 Between Two Fires (Short)
 1911 Who Gets the Order (Short)
 1911 The Ransom of Red Chief (Short)
 1911 The Rajah (Short)
 1911 The Doctor (Short)
 1911 In the Days of Chivalry (Short)
 1910 A Christmas Carol (Short) (uncredited)
 1910 The Life of a Salmon (Documentary short)
 1910 A Daughter of the Mines (Short)
 1910 More Than His Duty (Short)
 1910 An Unselfish Love (Short)
 1910 From Tyranny to Liberty (Short)
 1910 The Stars and Stripes (Short)
 1910 Michael Strogoff (Short)
 1910 Frankenstein (Short)
 1910 His First Valentine (Short)
 1909 The Keeper of the Light (Short)
 1909 Bluebeard (Short)
 1909 A Rose of the Tenderloin (Short)
 1909 Comedy and Tragedy (Short)
 1909 Hansel and Gretel (Short)
 1909 Lochinvar (Short)
 1909 The Prince and the Pauper (Short)
 1909 The Egyptian Mystery (Short)
 1909 Lunatics in Power (Short)
 1908 Cupid's Pranks (Short)
 1908 Fireside Reminiscences (Short)
 1907 The Nine Lives of a Cat (Short)
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