Best Drama Movies of 1906
The Black Hand
Two gang members send a threatening letter to a butcher, demanding money if he did not want his shop to be destroyed and his daughter Maria kidnapped. When he is unable to meet their request, they take Maria away. The Black Hand is the earliest surviving gangster film.
The Story of the Kelly Gang
Just as Galeen and Wegener's Der Golem (1915) can be seen as a testament to early German film artistry, The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) symbolizes both the birth of the Australian film industry and the emergence of an Australian cinema identity. Even more significantly, it heralds the emergence of the feature film format. However, only fragments of the original production of more than one hour are known to exist, preserved at the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra; Efforts at reconstruction have made the film available to modern audiences.
A new skyscraper is being built in New York City, and numerous workmen are busy at hazardous jobs high above the ground. When one of the workers, Dago Pete, deliberately starts a fight, he is immediately fired. But the discharged worker soon comes up with a plan to commit a robbery and get even. His scheme could affect the lives of several others.
The Secret of Death Valley
A wife has a vision of her miner husband being killed at the site of his claim. She finds the murderer, now living in luxury, and exacts revenge.
Holdup of the Rocky Mountain Express
An early film drama shot on an actual railroad line in Phoenicia, NY in the Catskills.
The Automobile Thieves
A young couple conducts a series of robberies, followed by a chase, in which they are shot and killed.
A man kills a wealthy miser - frugal fellow, I like to think - and buries his corpse under a haystack. The murderer is haunted by the ghost of his victim....or is it his own conscience?
Andre Deed is moving out, so he has hired some guys with a cart to move his stuff...... and they have a drink to seal the deal. They load his cart...... and they have a drink..... in short, but the time this is over, Deed is pretty loaded too in this amusing comedy.
A child and her nurse are out walking. A band of desperate men and women knock the nurse down and abduct the child. Soon a ransom note is sent to the parents. They hire a detective to pay the kidnappers off and rescue their child, although it turns out to involve a desperate chase.
Les frères rivaux
When his father dies, two brothers inherit his property but because of a woman who loves one of them, the other becomes jealous and enmity arises.
Douaniers et fraudeurs
Smugglers land their goods. Customs inspectors spot them and take off in pursuit.
The Good Judge
A family living in poverty, in a tiny house with no furniture. When mama goes to sleep, the youngsters head out to rustle up some firewood. Apparently that's illegal, so some forest rangers seize them and the wood to bring to a well-dressed man.
About a woman thrown out after she has a child out of wedlock, with the usual "go and darken my doorstep no more!" gesture.
Un petit frère sous les choux
A family scene: father, mother, daughter and a baby in the crub. A doctor is visiting. The family is upset. In the next scene, everyone wears black, the crib is empty. Outside, a distraught woman wanders about and leaves her infant under a cabbage.
La jeteuse de sorts
Picking at random, we see the angry mob of peasants attacking the witch's home with pitchforks and fire; the use of chapter heading titles (at least for the English language version I looked at ), and a rather languid approach to mob violence: they set the witch's house on fire, then do nothing while she strolls out of the place, past them, and to the river where she climbs into a boat and makes her exit, stage right.
Les deux gosses
Lost short film
A soldier steals his officer's money and asks the music-hall singer he is mad about to run awy with him.