Right about here, he is shot:
|Screengrabs from online version of the film, available by subscription at Alexander Street|
NOT FOUND ON THIS PAGE: The Miser's Heart; I've looked at it over and over, and I'm sorry, but "Jules" is not Lionel Barrymore. I'm not sure WHO he is. But LB is not in this film.I've also looked at the physical frame of the man playing Jules, and he is shorter than LB's 5'10" and MUCH slighter than Barrymore would have been--see his Grizzley Fallon in 1912's Friends to see what I mean. Here's a screengrab of Jules the thief--he's a short, little guy!
HOME FOLKS: Unknown, 1912. Released June 6, 1912. This film was another short by Griffith, filmed in California mid-year at his studio, camerawork by Billy Bitzer, with Mary Pickford, Bobby Herron, HB Walthall, and Mae Marsh. According to the amazing and exhaustive Pickford Film Legacy page, this film is at MoMA in the 1995 Pickford Collection in nitrate. Film Affinity has this cast: HOME FOLKS
|This came up from bowdoin.edu as "Home Folks" (1912) film, but the img link says "Maine folk"|
|Pathe title card for this film from film affinity|
FRIENDS: Grizzley Fallon Released September 23, 1912. The first film in which Lionel Barrymore was called upon to act a part with an actual name! This extant short film, also directed by Griffith, features HB Walthall, Mary Pickford, and Harry Carey as well as LB. For the first of a very few times, Lionel Barrymore gets the girl whom both Fallon and Walthall's "Dandy Jack" love, played by Mary Pickford. This film can be viewed for free online, too! It's a lovely little film. LB speaks of it fondly in his bio.
|LB's first appearance in a role with a name--even on the title card!|
|Dora is not too impressed with Fallon at first|
|...but after Dandy Jack leaves, he is able to move in shyly!|
|And he ends up with the girl, but his friend Jack isn't too upset.|
|For the first time ever, Lionel got the girl in a film. It only took him 3 films!|
SO NEAR YET SO FAR: "In Club", so as an extra of sorts in a club, wearing a tuxedo (quite a change from Fallon!) Released September 30, 1912. Directed by DW Griffith. Mary Pickford, Bobby Harron, Walter Miller, and LB. LetterboxD tells us: "Walter Miller loves Mary Pickford, but he is very shy and doesn't dare to speak up, so she prefers Bobby Harron [who is also in the club scene with LB]. All perfectly natural. But one morning when he is nursing a hangover, Elmer Booth and Harry Carey break into her apartment and threaten her, until Walter rushes in to her rescue."https://letterboxd.com/film/so-near-yet-so-far/
Click here to watch on youtube: So Near Yet So Far 1912
The Pickford Foundation has a better
|Screengrab of LB in tails at the club our hero will walk into|
|LB and our hero, Howard, played by Walter Miller|
|Howard is drunk...|
THE CHIEF'S BLANKET: The Young Man Released Oct 10, 1912. Blanche Sweet and LB in a western short by Griffith. Not much info on the film. An article from a UWisc-Madison professor, Gregory S Jay, notes this: "The Chief's Blanket: A Story of an Indian's Sacrifice (1912) [attribution to Griffith uncertain]"https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/gjay/www/Whiteness/griffith.htm It may then be extant at the Library of Congress.
Scenes from this film have been mislabeled for years as from Fighting Blood (and once from Oil & Water). LB was not in Fighting Blood.
|MPWorld reviews, Oct-Dec 1912|
THE ONE SHE LOVED: The Neighbor Released Oct 21, 1912. HB Walthall is the husband, Mary Pickford the wife, and LB the neighbor who is involved in this drama filmed in New Jersey. Lillian Gish is also in it!
|Lillian Gish, The One She Loved (era?)|
|LB as Neighbor and L. Gish in The One She Loved|
THE PAINTED LADY: Man at Fair Released October 24, 1912. An intriguing little Griffith film with Blanche Sweet as the older sister who is more saintly but more lonely than her younger sister, Madge Kirby, and a whole host of Griffith-ites are in the film, including LB, Christy Cabanne, the Gish sisters, Harry Carey, Bobby Harron.... available online to watch, too!
|Blanche Sweet as the Older Sister|
|Bobby Harron (Jack Pickford?) and Harry Carey (I believe), LB center rear|
HEREDITY: Woodsman Released Nov 4, 1912. RAFTS of Griffith-ites here: Harry Carey as "White Renegade Father", Madge Kirby as "Indian Mother", Jack Pickford as their son... Christy Cabanne, LB, Bobby Harron, Alfred Paget... This film seems to be lost, though the poster is extant. Professor Jay's article linked above has this as the Biograph Bulletin title: Heredity: The Call of the Blood Is Answered (1912). Interestingly, the very idea of heredity and eugenics was being very widely discussed at this time. allmovie.com has this summary: "Synopsis by Hal Erickson: Nine-year-old Nedda (Madge Evans) is a direct descendant of the Trevors, a family that can trace its roots back to the reign of King Charles I. Alas, the Trevors suffer severe financial reverses, and Nedda is yanked from the luxury of her ancestral home in Britain to be raised on New York's Lower East Side. Ten years later, the grown-up Nedda (Barbara Castleton) stands accused of the murder of her mother. How this came about, and who really "done it," is revealed through a prismatic series of flashbacks. A hint: Nedda's veddy proper father Ralph is not all that he seems."
GOLD AND GLITTER: The Lover Released Nov 11, 1912. Once more, Lionel gets the girl! Lillian Gish starred as the Young Woman who ends up in the Lover's brawny arms. Harry Carey, Dorothy Gish, Grace Lewis, and other Griffith folk are in this. It may exist (Affron speaks of it in his bio of Lillian Gish) and has a typically fantastic AB poster:
THE MASSACRE**Unknown if he is in it. Griffith directed and 1912 and released in Europe that year (November 12), but only released in the US in February of 1914--see the 1913-14 film page for more on this!
MY BABY: At Table Released Nov 14, 1912. A host of Griffith players appear in this comedy. Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish appear in a still from the Pickford foundation collection with LB wearing white gloves:
THE INFORMER: Union Soldier Released November 21, 1012. According to the NE Pennsylvania film office, this 35 minute film "was filmed in 1912 and was the first silent commercial film completed in the U.S. It was directed by D.W. Griffith and written by George Hennessy." (Sure...) It is of course a US Civil War film, made primarily in Milford, PA. IN 2009, the Pike County, PA historical society screened its copy of this film. It has been shown at several film festivals.
|Henry B Walthall and Lillian Gish|
|Mary Pickford defending her lover from attacking Union soldiers (h/t PFL page)|
|Reviews from MPWorld Oct-Dec 1912 of above three films!|
BRUTALITY: At Wedding Released December 2, 1912. This Griffith film exists in the L of C as a few disparate parts. NOT a lot of images online! I found one in an e-book online from UC. Cinecola notes from Matt M's filmpedia:
Directed by - D.W. Griffith Written by - D.W. Griffith
Starring - Walter Miller, Mae Marsh, Joseph Graybill
"GRIFFITH turns his attention to domestic violence in his 1912 short BRUTALITY. Here, he tells the story of a newlywed couple. The wife, played by an excellent MAE MARSH, fails to notice the alarm bells pointing to her beloved's anger and violent outbursts, and once locked in marriage, she becomes the victim to this abuse.
The performances in BRUTALITY are excellent. WALTER MILLER is always a powerful presence, and his versatility is clearly shown as he plays the double role ala Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the form of loving husband disturbed by remorseless and incontrollable violent fits.
In the end, however, GRIFFITH fits one of his driving inspirations and elements - the power of the arts - into his film's ending as the man experiences an awakening during a theatre show.
THE BURGLAR'S DILEMMA: The Householder (LB wrote this film as well)
Released December 16,1012. This interesting, somewhat surreal Griffith film has a fantastic cast and some interesting character names:
- Lionel Barrymore as The Householder
- Henry B. Walthall as Householder's Weakling Brother
- Gertrude Bambrick as Birthday Wellwisher
- Harry Carey as Older Crook
- John T. Dillon as Interrogating Detective
- Dorothy Gish as Birthday Wellwisher
- Lillian Gish as Birthday Wellwisher
- Robert Harron as Young Burglar (pulled from Wikipedia's listing)
|LB and HB Walthall at the beginning (screengrabs from film)|
|Gishes! They wish LB's character happy birthday while HBW mopes|
|LB demonstrating his height/size advantage over brother (HBW)|
|HBW pushes LB down...uh oh...|
|Shenanigans ensue--SPOILER! Bobby Harron as the burglar in a dilemma--HBW claims BH caused drama|
|But... things are not what they seem!|
A CRY FOR HELP: The bum/ tramp.** Released December 23, 1912. The Gish sisters, Harry Carey, Bobby Harron, and Walter Miller also appear. There does not seem to be much on this film, though there is a fragmentary copy at MoMA, apparently. "Knocked down by an automobile, the intoxicated tramp is taken to the doctor's house, received and treated to a square meal. The husband of a patient has just died, calls on the doctor, intending to kill him. The grief-crazed man is foiled several times by the return of the tramp, whom the maid at last pushes out of the house. She hears the doctor struggling with his assailant and faints. The tramp hears the doctor's cry for help and enters by a rear window, despite the objections of a policeman, in time to save his benefactor." (Moving Picture World synopsis)
MoMA has this as a record: 4041 A Cry for Help. 23 Dec 1912. TMHN. 1p. However, at least one writer claims to have seen a "fragmented copy" [Acting, Springer and Levinson, excerpt on Google books (Rutgers UP, 2015)]. I cannot find a clip or picture yet of this film! Yet...
**note-- several motion picture mags of the time have LB as the DOCTOR, not the tramp: "Lionel Barrymore was the physician in A Cry for Help. [Motion Picture Story Feb-July 1913]" Walter C Miller is identified as the doctor in MPW of 1913 (multiple times!)
Thanks Media History Digital Library!
|MPWorld Oct-Dec 1912 review|
|MPWorld review Jan 1913, page 51|
|MPWorld confirmation of LB as the tramp, Jan-Mar 1913, page 258|
THE GOD WITHIN: The Woman of the Camp's Lover Released Dec 26, 1912, with HB Walthall, Blanche Sweet (as the Woman of the Camp), LB, Claire Mc Dowell. The review below does not really help to determine what the film is about! I believ here, LB would have been "The Other Man", as he often was this year when he and HB Walthall appeared in a film together.The film is extant (I'm not sure where yet) and is the last film of Lionel Barrymore's very busy 1912.
|MPWorld review, Dec 1912, p 1224|
I also found a very interesting excerpt from Wojcik's Movie Acting, the Film Reader (she covers a lot of Biograph and mentions LB and Mary Pickford a great deal):
|Movie Acting, the Film Reader, Pamela Wojcik, p 63 (google books grab)|