Best Family Movies of 1912

1.

Lena and the Geese

2.2
5.8/10 IMDB

A first-born baby girl is sent away and placed in the care of Gretchen, a trusted peasant woman, who is the widowed mother of a child about the same age. The two children grow up as sisters. Later, upon her deathbed, the noble lady repents and sends for her child to reinstate her. Gretchen takes this opportunity to make a great lady of her own daughter Lena, the goose girl, by sending her to court instead of the real heiress. Hence Lena is taken before the noble lady, happy in the belief that she has made reparation. Lena is now a great lady, but the title does not fit well-- She longs to be back with Gretchen and her "geeses".

Starring: Mary Pickford, J. Jiquel Lanoe, Kate Bruce, Mae Marsh, Edwin August, Claire McDowell, W. Chrystie Miller, Christy Cabanne, William A. Carroll, Grace Henderson ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1912-06-17
2.

The Meeting of the Ways

2.0
5.0/10 IMDB

Tom and Dick are brothers and are being educated at the same college. Tom is a studious fellow and graduates with honors, while Dick is expelled from college through misbehavior. Dick is ashamed to go home, but before leaving Tom gives him a locket containing a picture of their mother. Ten years later Tom, who is a successful lawyer, is married and has two little children. Dick, who has now been reduced through personal neglect to a derelict, overhears a plan to rob his brother's house. Making up his mind to prevent it, Dick climbs through the nursery window, catches the burglars, but effects their escape. His two little nieces, who have been watching him, kiss and hug him before he makes his exit. When their parents return from the reception they attended, the children relate to them what had happened. Dick gets into a scrape with a gambler a month or two later, who laughs at the miniature of his mother that Dick puts up in lieu of cash.

Starring: Maurice Costello, Leo Delaney, Julia Swayne Gordon, Dolores Costello, Helene Costello, Harry T. Morey, Charles Eldridge, Norma Talmadge, George Cooper ..
Release date: 1912-01-12
Best Family Movies of 1912 : The Skeleton
3.

The Skeleton

1.2
5.4/10 IMDB

Naughty children steal an anatomy-class papier-mâché skeleton and use it to play pranks on people around town.

Starring: Baby Early Gorman, Charles Manley, Matty Roubert, Mai Wells ..
Release date: 1912-10-23
Best Family Movies of 1912 : Playmates
4.

Playmates

1.2
4.9/10 IMDB

A short film about the friendship between a little girl and a stray dog.

Starring: Julia Swayne Gordon, Hazel Neason, Florence Foley, Alec B. Francis, Edith Halleran, Jean the Dog, Wallace Reid ..
Release date: 1912-02-10

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