the Studio Burned
(One reel of 1,000 feet, February 4, 1913)
Library of Congress, 14 minutes 14 seconds.
Directed by Lawrence Marston.
Scenario by Lloyd F. Lonergan.
Cast: Marguerite Snow (as herself),
Helen Badgley (herself),
Marie Eline (herself),
James Cruze (himself), Justus D. Barnes (director),
Mrs. Gerald Badgley (member of traveling crew).
Original music composed and performed by
Fictional drama exploiting the fire that
actually struck the Thanhouser studio on January 13, 1913 and burned the
main facility to the ground.
studio’s worst enemy was fire, thanks to mostly wooden structures and highly
flammable negatives, prints and film stock. Fire actually struck the
Thanhouser studio on January 13, 1913 and burned the main facility to the
ground. Most of the negatives and prints were saved. The fire was reported
in newspapers nationwide.
there were a few shots of smoldering ruins, the cameras arrived too late to
film any of the actual fire. Although several Thanhouser players portray
themselves in When the Studio Burned, the story is all fiction from
the imagination of Lloyd Lonergan, simply meant to capitalize on the
notoriety. The views of the city of New Rochelle are perfectly authentic.
would have it, Thanhouser had just opened a studio in Los Angeles, and had
just set up production in Chicago, so it was able to continue its schedule
of releases without interruption as the replacement facilities were
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