Best Drama Movies of 1904


The Hero of Liao-Yang

5.5/10 IMDB

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.

Release date: 1904-09-22
Best Drama Movies of 1904 : A Fire in a Burlesque Theatre

A Fire in a Burlesque Theatre

4.4/10 IMDB

This short, otherwise unremarkable feature is of some interest because of the way that it unabashedly caters to the tastes that it perceived in its audiences. Besides combining the elements of the risqué 'blue' movies of the era with the popularity of movies about fires, it also attempted to use the combination to get extra mileage out of it. The movie's title summarises the setup, and most of the footage shows firefighters using ladders to rescue stage girls, clad in portions of their costumes, from an upper level. Although it all seems pretty tame by today's standards, it no doubt provided its male viewers with some brief moments of excitement as the various women hurried down the ladders with their costumes in disarray. (IMDb)

Release date: 1904-03-01
Best Drama Movies of 1904 : The Child Stealers

The Child Stealers

4.4/10 IMDB

As a mother enters a store, she leaves her child outside in a carriage. Another woman standing nearby quickly snatches the child out of the carriage. Soon afterwards, another mother is playing with two children in the park, and when she leaves one of them unattended, her child is also seized by the same woman. These are only two of a number of children that an unscrupulous couple has captured for their own purposes.

Starring: Kenneth Barker ..
Directed by: William Barker
Release date: 1904-04-23
Best Drama Movies of 1904 : The Heathen Chinese and the Sunday School Teachers

The Heathen Chinese and the Sunday School Teachers

4.2/10 IMDB

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!

Release date: 1904-01-25

The Strike

6.3/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Ferdinand Zecca
Release date: 1904-09-29

The Mistletoe Bough

5.9/10 IMDB

During a game of hide and seek, a new bride hides in a chest and remains undiscovered until a strange visitation thirty years later.

Directed by: Percy Stow
Release date: 1904-11-01

The Sign of the Cross

0.0/10 IMDB

A prefect is converted to Christianity and dies in the arena with his lover.

Directed by: William Haggar
Release date: 1904-12-10

Skirmish between Russian and Japanese advance guards

4.5/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1904-04-20
Best Drama Movies of 1904 : Photographing a Female Crook

Photographing a Female Crook

0.0/10 IMDB

Directed by Edwin S. Porter.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1904-01-02

The Capture and Execution as Spies of Two Japanese Officers

0.0/10 IMDB

Japanese pose as coolies, blow up a train, are caught and shot.

Release date: 1904-03-31

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