Best Drama Movies of 1901


The Waif and the Wizard

5.8/10 IMDB

The Waif and the Wizard features the same young man who appeared in Undressing Extraordinary (and who might be early filmmaker Walter Booth). It's another early example of a two-shot film along the lines of Paul's earlier film Come Along Do!. The young man plays a magician who, after completing his act, agrees to go home with the young boy from the audience who helped him perform his tricks. At the boy's home he finds a sick sister and a worried mother being threatened with eviction by her landlord.

Directed by: Walter R. Booth
Release date: 1901-09-01
Best Drama Movies of 1901 : Fire!


6.1/10 IMDB

Firefighters ring for help, and here comes the ladder cart; they hitch a horse to it. A second horse-drawn truck joins the first, and they head down the street to a house fire. Inside a man sleeps, he awakes amidst flames and throws himself back on the bed. In comes a firefighter, hosing down the blaze. He carries out the victim, down a ladder to safety. Other firefighters enter the house to save belongings, and out comes one with a baby. The saved man rejoices, but it's not over yet.

Directed by: James Williamson
Release date: 1901-10-15
Best Drama Movies of 1901 : History of a Crime

History of a Crime

6.2/10 IMDB

A convicted criminal dreams about his past the night before his execution.

Starring: Jean Liézer, Bretteau, Ferdinand Zecca ..
Directed by: Ferdinand Zecca
Release date: 1901-04-30
Best Drama Movies of 1901 : The Death of Poor Joe

The Death of Poor Joe

4.7/10 IMDB

A scene from Charles Dickens Bleak House.

Starring: Laura Bayley, Tom Green ..
Directed by: George Albert Smith
Release date: 1901-03-01

Execution of Czolgosz with Panorama of Auburn Prison

5.2/10 IMDB

This early docudrama shows Auburn Prison and recreates the electrocution of Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley of the United States.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1901-11-16
Best Drama Movies of 1901 : A Sneaky Boer

A Sneaky Boer

4.9/10 IMDB

Two Boers shoot and rob a sentry.

Release date: 1901-09-21
Best Drama Movies of 1901 : Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost

Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost

5.6/10 IMDB

A scene from Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol.

Directed by: Walter R. Booth
Release date: 1901-11-01
Best Drama Movies of 1901 : Arrest of Goudie

Arrest of Goudie

0.0/10 IMDB

This film recreates the arrest of Thomas Goudie, a bank employee who embezzled £170,000 to pay gambling debts, using the real locations. It shows the exterior of the house where he was hiding during a nationwide manhunt and re-enacts scenes of the landlady informing on him and his arrest. The film has no explanatory titles, so presumably audiences would have known, or were told, the story.

Release date: 1901-12-05

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