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    Get Rich Quick: One reel of approximately 1,000 feet, May 26, 1911.

    A moral tale about material wealth, with William Garwood, William Russell and Marguerite Snow.

    Print source: The Museum of Modern Art, 13 minutes, Cast: William Russell (bunco artist), William Garwood (husband), Marguerite Snow (wife), Marie Eline (daughter of poor widow).
    Original music composed and performed by Andrew Crow (thanhouser.org/people/crowa.htm.)

    The moral tale, a staple of early film, observes in this case how an elaborate swindle, the "Utopia Investment Corporation," affects one of its participants. The film challenges the quest for material wealth without concern for those victimized.

    A review in The Billboard praised Marguerite Snow's acting as being "the most natural we have ever seen in a moving picture, the story as "excellent," and the picture as "splendidly photographed." Another review noted the "novel" technique of "the dissolving picture appearing through the newspaper headlines." The narrative progression is smooth without having to depend on too many titles.

    This film is available on DVD from Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc. at thanhouser.org.

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    The Pasha's Daughter: One reel of approximately 1,000 feet, January 3, 1911

    A young American man in trouble is assisted by the daughter of the pasha to escape in woman's clothes from Turkey.

    Print source: Museum of Modern Art, 13 minutes 39 seconds.
    Cast: William Garwood.
    Original music composed and performed by Ben Model (silentfilmmusic.com/).

    The elements of an adventure-romance are dressed in an exotic setting. (Ottoman Turkey was hot in the news as the empire was on the verge of collapse and the European powers were preparing to carve up the Near East and Middle East into colonies.) An American visitor somewhere in the Ottoman Empire, is mistakenly arrested, escapes, is aided by the local Pasha’s daughter, they fall in love, and they find each other later in America. The vivid exoticism in emphasized (1911 viewers must have wondered, is that a depiction of a real harem?), and the brisk, dashing pace of the story again shows Thanhouser’s deft touch.

    This film is available on DVD from Thanhouser Film Company Preservation, Inc. at thanhouser.org

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    Her Nephews from Labrador: One reel split reel with short subject: "Los Angeles the Beautiful" at the end, January 26, 1913.

    The young men from Labrador can't keep cool in the middle of a severe winter. They skate on the ice, attired simply in bathing suits, and plunge repeatedly into the icy water.

    Print source: Museum of Modern Art, 12 minutes 38 seconds.
    Cast: Billy Noel (a nephew), Ed Brady (a nephew).
    Alternate (British release) title: The Nephews from Labrador.
    Original music composed and performed by Ben Model (silentfilmmusic.com).

    Can’t-believe-your-eyes authenticity of film is found in "Her Nephews from Labrador," a lighthearted story as a vehicle for two New Rochelle residents, Billy Noel and Ed Brady. They were locally famous for the antics they portray here without stunt doubles and without any deception—ice skating in their bathing suits and swimming in an icy pond in New Rochelle’s Hudson Park.

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    Marble Heart: Two reels of approx.2,000 feet, released May 13, 1913.

    A story of unrequited love, with three popular Thanhouser stars James Cruze, Margurite Snow and Florence LaBadie.

    Scenario adapted from the play by Charles Selby.
    Print source: Museum of Modern Art, 26 minutes, 50 seconds.
    Cast: Marguerite Snow (Marco, the woman with the marble heart), James Cruze (Raphael, the jilted sculptor), Florence LaBadie (Marie, the girl who found refuge in the sculptor's home), William Russell (the editor friend), Burton Law.
    Original music composed and performed by Ray Brubacher thanhouser.org/people/Rayb.htm.

    This story, already a well-known English play of 1854 adapted from an earlier French play, casts the three most popular Thanhouser adult stars in a story of unrequited love, with a dream sequence that parallels the main story. Pale makeup is especially noticeable in some scenes, the answer to orthochromatic film’s blotchy-dark rendering of skin tones. Within a couple of years the technique of film makeup, filtering and lighting would be greatly improved.

    This film is available on DVD from Thanhouser Film Company Preservation, Inc. at thanhouser.org

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  5. Shep’s Race with Death: One reel, approx. 790 feet, released November 1, 1914

    Heroic dog "Shep" saves the day, also featuring the "Thanhouser Twins" Marion and Madeline Fairbanks.

    Directed by John Harvey.
    Print source: Museum of Modern Art, 12 minutes, 15 seconds.
    Cast: Mrs. Whitcove (Mrs. Mateland), J.S. Murray (Mr. Stearns), Marie Rainford (Mrs. Stearns), Marion and Madeline Fairbanks (the twins), Shep (the Thanhouser Collie, as himself).
    Original music by Ray Burbacher thanhouser.org/people/Rayb.htm.

    The simple story of a heroic dog that saves the day appealed to audiences (especially with a well-trained animal as attractive and energetic as Shep), and became a movie staple for generations.

    This film is available on DVD from Thanhouser Film Company Preservation, Inc. at thanhouser.org

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