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Past Present & Future
Six Thanhouser posters were discovered as part of the CH New collection held
Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem,
North Carolina . The Cat's Paw and The Mohammedian Conspiracy
were the second film and forth installments of two-reel dramas directed
by Frederick Sullivan. Lloyd Lonergan developed scenarios derived from the
series Adventures of a Diplomatic Free Lance by Clarence Herbert New
which had been running for the previous five years in Blue Book magazine. To
see these one, three, and six sheet posters, click on any of the images
The Cat's Paw (1914, One Sheet)
The Cat's Paw (1914, Three Sheet)
The Cat's Paw (1914, Six Sheet)
The Mohammedan's Conspiracy (1914, One Sheet)
The Mohammedan's Conspiracy (1914, Three Sheet)
Mohammedan's Conspiracy (1914, Six Sheet)
A new poster acquisition for 2011 was The Dancer (1914). It is an
interesting one sheet poster since it does not contain any reference to Thanhouser as
producer or distributor, just that it is a Mutual production. Identification
as a Thanhouser production is confirmed from the tag line, number of reels and imagery matching the
synopsis of this film.
Acquired this year was the
sheet music from the 1916 Thanhouser production Prudence, The Pirate;
unfortunately, this film is not known to survive. Also acquired in 2010 on
eBay was a nitrate print from 1911 of the split reel short subject The
Only Girl in Camp. This film has been delivered to the Library of
Congress for preservation and inclusion on a future DVD release.
acquisitions this year include two three-sheet posters, Veteran Mounted
Police Horse (1913) and Message to Headquarters (1913) plus a
six-sheet of Message to Headquarters. These posters were in poor
condition and simply preserved in their current condition mounted on linen
as the expense to restore them would be exorbitant and the corresponding
films are not known to survive.
Seven new Thanhouser films have been discovered and
identified at various locations around the world; these films are in various
stages of preservation:
- The Ring of a Spanish Grandee (1912) at The Netherlands
- The Children's Hour (1913) courtesy of Bob King of Classic Images
- The Tell-Tale Scar (1914) at the New Zealand Film Archives
- Little Brother (1913) at the New Zealand Film Archives
- Hannah's Henpecked Husband (Falstaff, 1915) at the University
of South Carolina
- The Schemers (Princess, 1915) at the University of South Carolina
- Guiders (Falstaff, 1916) at Getty Images
- Modern Monte Cristo (Pathé,
1917) at The Netherlands Filmmuseum
These discoveries bring the total known number of
surviving Thanhouser films to 200!
Two new posters were acquired from Janice Yorke Davis,
Dashing Druggist's Delima (Falstaff, April 29, 1916) and
Wendy to Willie (Falstaff, May 1, 1916). Her great uncle was Jay C.
Yorke who as the featured actor in both these films and these posters were
passed down through her family. These posters required extensive restoration
and are now available for viewing by clicking on the images below. Thanks
again to Janice for making these available for preservation and access.
Two new one-sheet
posters were acquired in 2005 via auction on eBay:
When a Man Fears
(1910) and The Valkyrie (1915).
These two posters were in fair to poor condition and were shipped in January
2006 to Studio C in Vista, California for restoration. Click on the
posters below to see the restored version completed in 2006
Also acquired in 2005
were 14 other Thanhouser memorabilia items, including beautiful images of
Mignon Anderson and
Clarine Seymour plus two heralds for
The Million Dollar Mystery, Episode 3 and
A Bird of Prey. All new acquisitions have been posted to the
nitrate film Value--Beyond Price (1910) that was acquired in 2001
from John Conning was successfully shipped in 2005 to the Library of
Congress Preservation Center in Dayton, Ohio. Also, in January 2005,
Professor Erkki Huhtamo of UCLA reported he discovered a reel of Thanhouser
nitrate film, The Guilty Baby (1912), in an Edison Kinetoscope he
acquired for his personal collection. Thanhouser Company Film Preservation,
Inc. arranged for this title to be donated to the Library of Congress where
it is now undergoing preservation.
Two new one-sheet
posters were purchased in 2004 at The Last Motion Picture Company poster
auction held in conjunction with CINECON 2004:
and The Baby
and the Boss (1915).
These posters were in fair to good condition; no restoration
work is planned at this time.
Additional Thanhouser memorabilia items acquired in
2004 include a beautifully hand tinted photograph of Thanhouser actress
Darnell, a postcard of actor
William Russell, and a collectible pinback of
Marguerite Snow as Zudora .
Several new collectables were acquired in 2003,
including a herald for
(1915) staring Audrey Munson; this film created controversy as she posed
nude for this art film. Also acquired were postcards depicting the original
Thanhouser factory on Warren and Grove streets in New Rochelle, actor
Muriel Ostriche and the most popular Thanhouser star,
Two new three-sheet
posters were acquired in 2003 from Stephen Dillow of Center, Kansas, Jack
and the Beanstalk (1913) and Little Dorrit (1913). These posters
were in very poor condition when received and were immediately shipped to
Studio C in Vista, California for restoration; the results are simplify
amazing. click on the "before" images below to see the fine work done to
preserve and restore these images.
early 2001, Amy Beaton of Fargo, North Dakota, inherited several movie posters from her
grandfather. He was the owner of a General Store in Columbus, North
Dakota, and he purchased them from a theater located next door. Three
posters are vintage Thanhouser (The Pasha's
Daughter, The Evidence of
the Film, and
Marble Heart) and were in excellent condition. Thanks to the
generosity of Amy, she donated these to Thanhouser Company Film
Preservation, Inc. for all to enjoy. Thank You Amy!
The restored posters are
now a part of the Thanhouser collection.
Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc. acquired
the Nitrate film Value--Beyond Price
(1910) from John Conning with the intention of shipping to the Library of
Congress Film Preservation Center in Dayton, Ohio for preservation.
Several Thanhouser memorabilia items were acquired
this year, including a
New York herald,
post card, and a Thanhouser
Kidlet post card.
September 1999 Mr. Bruce Lyall of Recycled Records in San Francisco donated an image of
the 1910 Thanhouser poster
Ten Nights in a
Bar Room. This poster can be viewed in the Poster Gallery.
April 1999 Kay Henrikson of St.
discovered three "Thanhouser Players" posters
James Cruze and
inside the walls of a house on her
property which was about to be demolished. The three
posters were in poor condition and had
considerable water damage. (Click here to see "before"
images.) Through the negotiations by Mr. Thanhouser,
Hennrikson generously donated these to
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Margaret Herrick Library.
Company Film Preservation, Inc.underwrote 50% of the cost of this effort. Also discovered at this location was a
poster from King Rene's Daughter (1913)
staring Maude Fealy.
In March 1999 the 1913 Thanhouser production The
Evidence of the Film was found on the floor of a projection booth in Montana. John
Eickhof from Northwest Theatre Equipment Company of Wendell, Idaho made this discovery.
His technician, Phil Housh, contacted Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc. through
the web-site. Mr. Eickhof graciously donated the nitrate print to the Library of Congress
for preservation, in exchange for a 35mm-safety print. This
film was acquired and preserved by
the Library of Congress and was projected at a Thanhouser program in
Washington, DC in June 1999.
March 1999 the Bundesarchiv / Film Archive in Berlin, Germany confirmed they held a
Thanhouser production titled Amor und Psyche. Based on a translation of the title from the
German, this film is believed to be the 1911 release of The Tempter and Dan Cupid. Dr. Pat Loughney at
the Library of Congress has confirmed the film has been transfered to the Dayton, Ohio
preservation facility. Confirmation of the title and Thanhouser production status will be
made as soon as a viewing copy from the safety print is available, expected to be in early
Three Thanhouser films were acquired in 1999 from Murray Glass,
manager of EmGee film library in Reseda, California:
The Vicar of Wakefield (1917), and
Fires of Youth (1917) starring Jeanne
Eagles. All three of these films are available today on
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