Looking for Mabel Normand

Madcap Mabel Normand

 

     I don’t know if you have found this list but it not, the films that will be returned from Gosfilmofond, should be listed here; Roger Skarsten posted the list from the FIAF database being held by Gosfilmofond. There are no claims for the completeness of the list; the FIAF database disclaimer: "Inclusion of a title in this database does not guarantee its availability nor completeness.  

     Back in 2007, the Russian Federation decided to create digital copies of the American silent films for their library and is going to send the Library of Congress copies. The digital films from the Gosfilmofond that were given to the Library of Congress back in October 2010 are: The Arab (Metro, 1924) The Call of the Canyon (Famous Players, 1923), Canyon of the Fools (R-C Pictures, 1923), Circus Days (First National, 1923) The Conquest of Canaan (Famous Players, 1921), The Eternal Struggle (Metro Pictures, Louis B. Mayer, 1923), Keep Smiling (Monty Banks, 1925), Kick In (Famous Players, 1922), You’re Fired (Famous Players, 1919), Valley of the Giants (Famous Players, 1919) We have the first 10 films, at Looking-for-Mabel, is some data on them; here is the link

 http://looking-for-mabel.webs.com/gosfilmofondfilmsloc.htm

     The 10 are highlighted in yellow; Mabel films in blue, all of which are already viewable in the USA. The Gosfilmofons version of Suzanna is of particular interest as the available USA copy doesn’t have the “bullfighting”, perhaps the Russian one is the complete feature.  There are THREE Roscoe Arbuckle features on the list: highlighted in green (thanks Paul for knowing this and telling us about it) CRAZY TO MARRY,  GASOLINE GUS, LIFE OF THE PARTY.  We don’t have any timetable as to when these may be returned, also no information as to “shorts” yet.

1. AFFAIRS OF ANATOL, THE DeMille, Cecil B. United States of America 1921
2.
AMERICA Griffith, D. W. United States of America
1924
3. ANNA CHRISTIE Wray, John Griffith
United States of America
1923
4. ARAB, THE Ingram, Rex
United States of America 1924

5. AT THE END OF THE WORLD Stanlaws, Penrhyn United States of
America
1921
6. BARBED WIRE Lee, Rowland V. United States of America 1927
7. BATTLING BUNYAN Hurst, Paul C. United States of America 1925
8. BATTLING ORIOLES, THE Wilde, Ted
United States of America
1924
9. BEASTS OF
PARADISE Craft, William James United States of America
1923
10. BEHIND THE DOOR Willat, Irvin V. United States of America 1919
11. BELLA DONNA Fitzmaurice, George
United States of America
1923
12. BIG PARADE, THE Vidor, King
United States of America
1925
13. BIGGEST SHOW ON EARTH, THE Storm, Jerome
United States of America
1918
14. BILL HENRY Storm, Jerome
United States of America
1919
15. BIRTH OF A NATION, THE Griffith, D. W.
United States of America
1915
16. BLACK LIGHTNING Hogan, James P. United States of America 1925
17. BLACK OXEN Lloyd, Frank
United States of America
1923
18. BLOOD AND SAND Niblo, Fred
United States of America
1922
19. BONDED WOMAN, THE Rosen, Phil
United States of America
1922
20. BOY OF
FLANDERS, A Schertzinger, Victor United States of America
1924
21. BROADWAY ROSE Leonard, Robert Z. United States of America 1922
22. BROKEN BLOSSOMS Griffith, D. W.
United States of America
1919
23. BUBBLES Mack,
Wayne United States of America
1920
24. BUSHER, THE Storm, Jerome
United States of America
1919
25. CALL OF THE CANYON, THE Fleming, Victor
United States of America 1923

26. CAMILLE Capellani, Albert
United States of America
1915
27. CAMILLE OF THE
BARBARY COAST Dierker, Hugh United States of America
1925
28. CANYON OF THE FOOLS Paul, Val United States of
America 1923

29. CAPTAIN JANUARY Cline, Edward F. (Eddie)
United States of America
1924
30. CARMEN DeMille, Cecil B. United States of America 1915
31. CHECHAHCOS, THE Moomaw, Lewis H. United States of America 1924
32.
CHICAGO Urson, Frank United States of America
1927
33. CIRCUS DAYS Cline, Edward F. (Eddie)
United States of America 1923

34. CIVILIAN CLOTHES Ford, Hugh
United States of America
1920
35. CIVILIZATION Ince, Thomas H. United States of America 1916
36. COBRA Henabery, Joseph E. United States of America 1925
37. CONDEMNED Rosson, Arthur
United States of America
1923
38. CONQUEST OF
CANAAN, THE Neill, Roy William United States of America 1921

39. CRAZY TO MARRY Cruze, James United States of
America
1921
40. CROWD, THE Vidor, King
United States of America
1928
41. DANGER AHEAD Howard, William K. United States of America 1923
42. DANGEROUS MAID Heerman, Victor
United States of America
1923
43. DESERTER, THE Sidney, Scott
United States of America
1916
44. DISRAELI Kolker, Henry
United States of America
1921
45. DIVINE WOMAN, THE Sjöström (Seastrom), Victor
United States of America
1928
46. DOCKS OF
NEW YORK, THE Von Sternberg, Josef United States of America
1928
47. DON Q, SON OF ZORRO Crisp, Donald
United States of America
1925
48. DOROTHY
VERNON
OF HADDON HALL Neilan, Marshall A. United States of America 1924
49. DOUBLE ADVENTURE Van Dyke,
Woodbridge Strong (W. S.) United States of America
1920
50. DOWN ON THE FARM Kenton, Erle C. United States of America 1920
51. DR. JACK Newmeyer, Fred
United States of America
192
52. DREAM STREET Griffith, D. W.
United States of America
1921
53. DRIFTING Browning, Tod United States of
America
1923
54. EAGLE'S FEATHER, THE Sloman, Edward United States of America 1923
55. EGG-CRATE WALLOP, THE Storm, Jerome
United States of America
1919
56. ETERNAL STRUGGLE, THE Barker, Reginald
United States of America 1923

57. EXTRA GIRL, THE Jones, F. Richard
United States of America 1923

58. EYE FOR EYE Capellani, Albert United States of
America
1918
59. FAIR WEEK Wagner, Robert
United States of America
1924
60. FAMILY SKELETON, THE Schertzinger, Victor
United States of America
1918
61. FIGHTER, THE Kolker, Henry
United States of America
1921
62. FIGHTING COWARD, THE Cruze, James
United States of America
1924
63. FLYING FLEET, THE Hill, George
United States of America
1929
64. FLYING LUCK Raymaker, Herman C. United States of
America
1927
65. FOOLISH WIVES Von Stroheim, Erich
United States of America
1922
66. FORBIDDEN FRUIT DeMille, Cecil B. United States of America 1921
67. FRENCH DOLL, THE Leonard, Robert Z. United States of America 1923
68. GARRISON'S FINISH Rosson, Arthur United States of America 1923
69. GASOLINE GUS Cruze, James
United States of America
1921
70. GENERAL, THE Keaton, Buster
United States of America
1927
71. GIRL I LOVED, THE De Grasse, Joseph
United States of America
1923
72. GIRL SHY Newmeyer, Fred
United States of America
1924
73. GO GET 'EM HUTCH Seitz, George B. United States of America 1922
74. GODLESS GIRL, THE DeMille, Cecil B. United States of America 1929
75. GRANDMA'S BOY Newmeyer, Fred United States of America 1922
76. GREASED LIGHTNING Storm, Jerome
United States of America
1919
77. GREATEST LOVE OF ALL, THE Beban, George
United States of America
1925
78. GREED Von Stroheim, Erich
United States of America
1923
79. GRUMPY DeMille, William C. United States of America 1923
80. HAPPINESS Vidor, King
United States of America
1924
81. HELEN'S BABIES Seiter, William A. United States of America 1924
82. HER HUSBAND'S TRADEMARK Wood, Sam United States of America 1922
83. HERITAGE OF THE DESERT, THE Willat, Irvin V. United States of America 1924
84. HIS MAJESTY, THE AMERICAN Henabery, Joseph E. United States of America 1919
85. HOODLUM, THE Franklin, Sidney A. United States of America 1919
86. HORSE SHOES Bruckman,
Clyde United States of America
1927
87. HOUSE OF HATE. EPISODE 01, THE HOODED TERROR, THE Seitz, George B. United States of America 1918
88. HOUSE OF HATE. EPISODE 02, THE TIGER'S EYE, THE Seitz, George B. United States of America 1918
89. HUCKLEBERRY FINN Taylor, William Desmond
United States of America
1920
90. HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THE Worsley, Wallace
United States of America
1923
91. HURRICANE'S GAL Holubar, Allen United States of America 1922
92. IDOLS OF CLAY Fitzmaurice, George United States of
America
1920
93. IN SEARCH OF A THRILL Apfel, Oscar United States of
America
1923
94. INTOLERANCE Griffith, D. W.
United States of America
1916
95. INTRODUCE ME Crone, George J. United States of America 1925
96. IRON TRAIL, THE Neill, Roy William United States of America 1921
97. JOHN PETTICOATS Hillyer, Lambert United States of America 1919
98. KEEP SMILING Pratt, Gilbert W. (Gil) United States of America 1925
99. KICK IN Fitzmaurice, George United States of America 1922
100. KID, THE Chaplin, Charles United States of America 1921
101. LAUGHING AT DANGER Horne, James Wesley United States of America 1924
102. LI TING LANG Swickard, Charles United States of America 1920
103. LIFE OF THE PARTY, THE Henabery, Joseph E. United States of America 1920
104. LITTLE CHURCH AROUND THE CORNER, THE Seiter, William A. United States of America 1923
105. LITTLE CLOWN, THE Heffron, Thomas N. United States of America 1921
106. LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY Green, Alfred E. United States of America 1921
107. LITTLE OLD NEW YORK Olcott, Sidney United States of America 1923
108. LITTLE ROBINSON CRUSOE Cline, Edward F. (Eddie) United States of America 1924
109. LONG LIVE THE KING Schertzinger, Victor United States of America 1923
110. LOVE FLOWER, THE Griffith, D. W. United States of America 1920
111. LOVE LIGHT, THE Marion, Frances United States of America 1920
112. MADEMOISELLE MIDNIGHT Leonard, Robert Z. United States of America 1924
113. MAN LIFE PASSED BY, THE Schertzinger, Victor United States of America 1923
114. MAN WHO LAUGHS, THE Leni, Paul United States of America 1928
115. MARK OF ZORRO, THE Niblo, Fred United States of America 1920
116. MARKET OF SOULS, THE De Grasse, Joseph United States of America 1919
117. MARRIAGE CIRCLE, THE Lubitsch, Ernst United States of America 1924
118. MASK OF LOPEZ, THE Rogell, Albert United States of America 1924
119. MERRY WIDOW, THE Von Stroheim, Erich United States of America 1925
120. MINE WITH THE IRON DOOR, THE Wood, Sam United States of America 1924
121. MISSING LINK, THE Riesner, Charles F. United States of America 1927
122. MOANA Flaherty, Robert United States of America 1926
123. MOLLY O' Jones, F. Richard United States of America 1921
124. MOLLYCODDLE, THE Fleming, Victor United States of America 1920
125. MY COUSIN José, Edward United States of America 1918
126. NAME THE MAN Sjöström (Seastrom), Victor United States of America 1924
127. NANOOK OF THE NORTH Flaherty, Robert United States of America 1922
128. NAVIGATOR, THE Crisp, Donald United States of America 1924
129. NELLIE, THE BEAUTIFUL CLOAK MODEL Flynn, Emmett J. United States of America 1924
130. NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER Brenon, Herbert United States of America 1914
131. NIGHT CRY, THE Raymaker, Herman C. United States of America 1926
132. NOISY NEIGHBORS Riesner, Charles F. United States of America 1929
133. NUT, THE Reed, Theodore United States of America 1921
134. OLD FASHIONED BOY, AN Storm, Jerome United States of America 1920
135. OLD HOMESTEAD, THE Cruze, James United States of America 1922
136. OLD IRONSIDES Cruze, James United States of America 1926
137. OLIVER TWIST Lloyd, Frank United States of America 1922
138. ONE NIGHT IN ROME Badger, Clarence C. United States of America 1924
139. ONE WONDERFUL NIGHT Paton, Stuart United States of America 1922
140. ORPHANS OF THE STORM Griffith, D. W. United States of America 1921
141. OUR HOSPITALITY Keaton, Buster United States of America 1923
142. PERFECT GENTLEMAN, A Bruckman, Clyde United States of America 1928
143. PIED PIPER MALONE Green, Alfred E. United States of America 1924
144. PILGRIM, THE Chaplin, Charles United States of America 1923
145. POISON Chapin, James United States of America 1924
146. POLLYANNA Powell, Paul United States of America 1920
147. PRISONER OF ZENDA, THE Ingram, Rex United States of America 1922
148. PROMISE, THE Balshofer, Fred J. United States of America 1917
149. "BLUE BLAZES" RAWDEN Hart, William S. United States of America 1918
150. RACING LUCK Raymaker, Herman C. United States of America 1924
151. RED HOT DOLLARS Storm, Jerome United States of America 1919
152. RED LANTERN, THE Capellani, Albert United States of America 1919
153. REDSKIN, THE Schertzinger, Victor United States of America 1929
154. RESTLESS SEX, THE Leonard, Robert Z. United States of America 1920
155. RIDDLE GAWNE Hart, William S. United States of America 1918
156. ROARING ROAD, THE Cruze, James United States of America 1919
157. ROBIN HOOD Dwan, Allan United States of America 1922
158. ROMANCE OF HAPPY VALLEY, A Griffith, D. W. United States of America 1918
159. ROSITA Lubitsch, Ernst United States of America 1923
160. SAFETY LAST Newmeyer, Fred United States of America 1923
161. SAILOR-MADE MAN, A Newmeyer, Fred United States of America 1921
162.SAL OF SINGAPORE Higgin, Howard United States of America 1928
163. SALOME Bryant, Charles United States of America 1923
164. SCARAMOUCHE Ingram, Rex United States of America 1923
165. SCARLET DAYS Griffith, D. W. United States of America 1919
166. SEA HAWK, THE Lloyd, Frank United States of America 1924
167. SECRETS Borzage, Frank United States of America 1924
168. SHEIK, THE Melford, George H. United States of America 1921
169. SHERLOCK, JR. Keaton, Buster United States of America 1924
170. SHOOTING OF DAN MCGREW, THE Badger, Clarence C. United States of America 1924
171. SIDE SHOW OF LIFE, THE Brenon, Herbert United States of America 1924
172. SINGER JIM MCKEE Smith, Clifford United States of America 1924
173. SIREN CALL, THE Willat, Irvin V. United States of America 1922
174. SKYSCRAPER Higgin, Howard United States of America 1928
175. SLEEP OF WHIP Del Ruth, Roy United States of America ca. 1920
176. SMALL TOWN IDOL, A Kenton, Erle C. United States of America 1921
177. SPANISH DANCER, THE Brenon, Herbert United States of America 1923
178. SPEED Seitz, George B. United States of America 1922
179. SPEEDY Wilde, Ted United States of America 1928
180. SPOILERS, THE Hillyer, Lambert United States of America 1923
181. SUDS Dillon, John Francis (Jack) United States of America 1920
182. SUZANNA Jones, F. Richard United States of America 1922
183. SWAMP, THE Campbell, Colin United States of America 1921
184. TAILOR MADE MAN, A De Grasse, Joseph United States of America 1922
185. TAKING CHANCES Jones, Grover United States of America 1922
186. TEARING THROUGH Rosson, Arthur United States of America 1925
187. TELL IT TO SWEENEY La Cava, Gregory United States of America 1927
188. TERROR ISLAND Cruze, James United States of America 1920
189. TESS OF THE STORM COUNTRY Robertson, John Stuart United States of America 1922
190. THIEF OF BAGDAD, THE Walsh, Raoul United States of America 1924
191. THIRD ALARM, THE Johnson, Emory United States of America 1922
192. THOROUGHBRED, THE Barker, Reginald United States of America 1916
193. THREE AGES Keaton, Buster United States of America 1923
194. THREE LIVE GHOSTS Fitzmaurice, George United States of America 1922
195. THREE MILES OUT Willat, Irvin V. United States of America 1924
196. THREE MUSKETEERS, THE Niblo, Fred United States of America 1921
197. THREE WEEKS Crosland, Alan United States of America 1924
198. THROUGH THE BACK DOOR Green, Alfred E. United States of America 1921
199. TILLIE'S PUNCTURED ROMANCE Sennett, Mack United States of America 1914
200. TO THE LAST MAN Fleming, Victor United States of America 1923
201. TOL'ABLE DAVID King, Henry United States of America 1921
202. TOLD IN THE HILLS Melford, George H. United States of America 1919
203. TROUBLE Austin, Albert United States of America 1922
204. UNCLE TOM'S CABIN Pollard, Harry A. "Snub" United States of America 1927
205. UNINVITED GUEST, THE Ince, Ralph W. United States of America 1924
206. VALLEY OF THE GIANTS, THE Cruze, James United States of America 1919
207. VILLAGE SLEUTH, THE Storm, Jerome United States of America 1920
208. WAY DOWN EAST Griffith, D. W. United States of America 1920
209. WHAT A WIFE LEARNED Wray, John Griffith United States of America 1923
210. WHAT'S YOUR HURRY? Wood, Sam United States of America 1920
211. WHIPPING BOSS, THE McGowan, J. P. (Jack) United States of America 1924
212. WHITE MAN'S LAW, THE Young, James United States of America 1918
213. WHITE MOTH, THE Tourneur, Maurice United States of America 1924
214. WHO'S GUILTY? (SERIAL) Hansell, Howell United States of America 1916
215. WHY CHANGE YOUR WIFE DeMille, Cecil B. United States of America 1920
216. WHY WORRY? Newmeyer, Fred United States of America 1923
217. WILD HORSE STAMPEDE, THE Rogell, Albert United States of America 1926
218. WILD ORANGES Vidor, King United States of America 1924
219. WITCHING HOUR, THE Taylor, William Desmond United States of America 1921
220. WITH STANLEY IN AFRICA Craft, William James United States of America 1922
221. WITHIN THE LAW Lloyd, Frank United States of America 1923
222. WITNESS FOR THE DEFENSE, THE Fitzmaurice, George United States of America 1919
223. WIZARD OF OZ, THE Semon, Larry United States of America 1925
224. WOLVES OF THE NORTH Duncan, William United States of America 1924
225. WOLVES OF THE RAIL Hart, William S. United States of America 1918
226. WOMAN Tourneur, Maurice United States of America 1918
227. WOMAN AND THE PUPPET, THE Barker, Reginald United States of America 1920
228. WOMAN GIVES, THE Neill, Roy William United States of America 1920
229. WOMAN OF PARIS, A Chaplin, Charles United States of America 1923
230. WOMAN WHO WALKED ALONE, THE Melford, George H. United States of America 1922
231. WOMEN WHO GIVE Barker, Reginald United States of America 1924
232. YANKEE CONSUL, THE Horne, James Wesley United States of America 1924
233. YOU'RE FIRED Cruze, James United States of America 1919
234. YOUTH AND ADVENTURE Horne, James Wesley United States of America 1925
235. [TIMBER QUEEN. UNIDENTIFIED CHAPTERS, THE] Jackman, Fred United States of America 1922

notes from friends

 The posted of the Gosfilmofond list didn’t include “Syncopation” it is one of the rare pre-1930 American films that survived only in the Moscow archive was the first RKO film and one of the few missing early talkies discovered there, "Syncopation," directed in a New York studio by Bert Glennon, best known as a cameraman for DeMille, Ford and others. This was one of his few directorial efforts. The notable cast, many making their talkie debuts, include Dorothy Lee (just before her legendary teaming with Wheeler and Woolsey), Verree Teasdale, Ian Hunter, Barbara Bennett (sister of Constance and Joan), Bobby Watson, famous singer Morton Downey, and the leading band, Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians. You can see and hear clips from "Syncopation" on YouTube by Googling "Do Do Something Dorothy Lee" and "Jericho Morton Downey."

Warmest regard,

William M. Drew

February 17, 2011



Eric Grayson wrote: “I'd really love to see Drifting (1923). It's the film that got Tod Browning fired from Universal, practically ended Priscilla Dean's career, and was an early film for Anna May Wong and Edna Tichenor. (I think I'm the only Tod Browning fan left...)”



I see that Keaton's Three Ages is on the list. I've always understood that the only 35mm copy of the film was the one found by James Mason in the shed at Keaton's (Mason's) mansion. It is quite damaged in spots. I wonder what the quality of this print is like. John Bengtson comment February 16, 2011



A note from Hugh Neely (February 14, 2011)

Dear Marilyn,

        It will, indeed, be interesting to see what actually shows up. 

        I have done some searching in foreign archives; I visited Gosfilmofond, near Moscow, only once, in 2005.  At that time I viewed material on Tess of the Storm country (1922), The House of Hate (serial, 1918), and two versions of the story of La Dame aux camélias, one with Clara Kimball Young (directed by Albert Capellani), and the other an Italian 1 reel version from (I think) 1909.

The material on Tess amounted to approximately 3 reels.  The original film is 10 reels; it was very interesting, as it was 35 mm and very sharp.  The only version of this film that survives in the United States was taken from 16 mm and is not as sharp as I would like.

        There is a report on imdb that the Russian print of The House of Hate is complete and "in great condition." I believe that they do have material on all the chapters of this serial. However what I saw varied greatly in quality, from reel to reel.  

        The two reels of the Clara Kimball Young production of Camille (1915) were the first and the last reel.  The last reel had been misidentified (by an Italian researcher, I was told) as being a reel of Theda Bara's Camille (1917).  It was clearly NOT Theda Bara, it was Clara Kimball Young.  

I have great hope for the accessibility of these films. I hope that the Library of Congress will make them readily available. it will likely take a great deal of work to make some of them viewable.

Best wishes,

Hugh



A note from Paul Gierucki (February 13, 2011..).

 

The recently published list of films from the Gosfilmfond collection includes a print of the long lost Arbuckle feature CRAZY TO MARRY. There are no details regarding completeness of the print -- but this is very exciting news!

 

Amazing how much material is still turning up some 90 years later.

 

I spoke too quickly; there are actually THREE Arbuckle features on the list:

CRAZY TO MARRY

GASOLINE GUS

LIFE OF THE PARTY

 

This is truly cause for celebration!

-- Paul