Best Drama Movies of 1904
The story of Christopher Columbus.
The Hero of Liao-Yang
Several Japanese youths are playing various games and enjoying some refreshments outdoors when a military courier arrives. The messenger asks for one of the young men, and gives him his orders. The young man puts on his uniform, leaves home, and reports to a unit in the field, where preparations are being made for a battle against the Russians. The young soldier is then sent on a dangerous but important mission.
The Heathen Chinese and the Sunday School Teachers
A couple of Sunday school teachers invite Chinese laundry workers to their session. In return the Chinese invite them to an opium den, where the devout schoolmarms quickly abandon their morals!
During a strike, several workers are killed in a confrontation. The wife of one of them kills the factory owner. At her trial, the owner's son asks for mercy, knowing that his father was wrong. Because of that the wife is freed.
The Mistletoe Bough
During a game of hide and seek, a new bride hides in a chest and remains undiscovered until a strange visitation thirty years later.
The Sign of the Cross
A prefect is converted to Christianity and dies in the arena with his lover.
Skirmish between Russian and Japanese advance guards
Renactment of a skirmish that was likely to have occurred in the Russo-Japanese War. Opens with an establishing scene entitled "A Japanese outpost on the Yalu River," which shows the Japanese soldiers of the infantry outpost doing rifle drills and raising the flag. Following scenes are entitled "The Attack," "The Capture," and "The Retreat". In them, the Japanese fire their cannon; the Russian infantry demolish the camp, replace the Japanese flag with their own, and then fire their rifles at the enemy; and the Japanese recapture the outpost and once again run up their flag. Photographed from a single camera position.
The Capture and Execution as Spies of Two Japanese Officers
Japanese pose as coolies, blow up a train, are caught and shot.