Best Movies of 1906

1.

Motor Pirates

3.8
5.5/10 IMDB

Crooks in an armored car-- the modern-day pirates-- trespass, murder and rob other motorists while sailing the roadways. Able to traverse small bodies of water in their craft, they evade police capture... for a time.

Directed by: Arthur Melbourne Cooper
Release date: 1906-10-01
2.

The '?' Motorist

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

A magical glowing white motorcar dismembers policemen, drives up buildings, flies through outer space, and can transform into a horse and carriage.

Directed by: Walter R. Booth
Release date: 1906-10-01
Best Movies of 1906 : A Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire
3.

A Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

A Trip Down Market Street is a 13-minute actuality film recorded by placing a movie camera on the front of a cable car as it travels down San Francisco’s Market Street. A virtual time capsule from over 100 years ago, the film shows many details of daily life in a major American city, including the transportation, fashions and architecture of the era. The film begins at 8th Street and continues eastward to the cable car turntable, at The Embarcadero, in front of the San Francisco Ferry Building. It was produced by the four Miles brothers: Harry, Herbert, Earle and Joe. Harry J. Miles cranked the Bell & Howell camera during the filming.

Directed by: Harry Miles
Release date: 1906-04-21
Best Movies of 1906 : A Lively Quarter-Day
4.

A Lively Quarter-Day

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

A conjurer makes furniture return from the bailiff's.

Directed by: J.H. Martin
Release date: 1906-03-01
5.

San Francisco: Aftermath of Earthquake

2.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Footage shot not long after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco is edited together so that more than one scene and more than one vantage are included. We see fire raging. We see burned-out buildings, piles of rubble, and buildings with only one wall standing. People stand and watch; others walk purposely through the debris. A carriage passes; the camera pans the desolation. A horse-drawn cart is laden with a family's remaining possessions. A sign hangs outside one building: "A little disfigured but still in business. Men Wanted."

Release date: 1906-01-01
6.

The Impossible Convicts

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

Four prisoners, in convicts' stripes, march backwards down stairs and, under the watchful eyes of guards, hop backwards into their cells. Later, one overpowers a guard and springs his three pals. But, will they be able to pull off an escape? Other guards come to the aid of their fallen comrade before all four felons can flee. Guards and convicts spring forward and backward out of cells, up and down stairs, and into and out of freedom.

Directed by: Billy Bitzer
Release date: 1906-01-27
Best Movies of 1906 : The Black Hand
7.

The Black Hand

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Robert G. Vignola, Anthony O'Sullivan ..
Directed by: Wallace McCutcheon
Release date: 1906-03-29
Best Movies of 1906 : The Story of the Kelly Gang
8.

The Story of the Kelly Gang

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Elizabeth Tait, John Tait ..
Directed by: Charles Tait
Release date: 1906-12-26
Best Movies of 1906 : From Leadville to Aspen: A Hold-Up in the Rockies
9.

From Leadville to Aspen: A Hold-Up in the Rockies

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

A train traveling through the Rockies is held up and boarded by two thugs. They rob the wealthy occupants at gunpoint and then make their getaway by handcar. From there, they hijack a horsecart on a road running parallel to the tracks. Will justice prevail in the end?

Directed by: Wallace McCutcheon Sr., Francis J. Marion
Release date: 1906-06-29
10.

A Visit to Peek Frean and Co.'s Biscuit Works

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

A look at typical activities taking place in the Peek Frean factory: First, the workers get up steam, as supplies of milk and flour arrive. Sheets of dough are rolled, then cut, shaped, and readied for baking. The camera then continues to show further events throughout the work day.

Release date: 1906-01-01
11.

Is Spiritualism a Fraud?: The Medium Exposed

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

Men expose a fake medium's tricks and take revenge.

Directed by: J.H. Martin
Release date: 1906-07-01
12.

Getting Evidence

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

A jealous husband arrives in the office of Hawkshaw, a private detective. The husband is certain that his wife is being unfaithful, and he wants the detective to produce photographic evidence. The detective tails the wife, and thinks he has caught her, but a sudden mishap prevents him from getting a photo. Despite this and further setbacks, the dedicated detective presses on, determined to fulfill his assignment.

Starring: Paul Panzer, Viola Allen, Fay Templeton ..
Directed by: Edwin S. Porter, Wallace McCutcheon Sr.
Release date: 1906-10-08
13.

The Hand of the Artist

2.3
5.7/10 IMDB

Animated film featuring the hand of Walter R. Booth drawing a coster and his donah who come to life and dance. The hand then crumples up the paper and dispenses it in the form of confetti. (BFI)

Starring: Walter R. Booth ..
Directed by: Walter R. Booth
Release date: 1906-04-01
Best Movies of 1906 : How the Office Boy Saw the Ball Game
14.

How the Office Boy Saw the Ball Game

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

An office boy plays hooky from work so he can watch a ballgame perched high atop a telephone pole. Includes footage of an actual baseball game as if seen through a telescope.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1906-07-18
15.

Skyscrapers

2.2
5.7/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Gene Gauntier, Jim Slevin ..
Release date: 1906-12-08
Best Movies of 1906 : The Secret of Death Valley
16.

The Secret of Death Valley

2.2
5.1/10 IMDB

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.

Release date: 1906-04-26
Best Movies of 1906 : Victime des créanciers
17.

Victime des créanciers

2.1
4.7/10 IMDB

Yes, I understand that everyone gets a little behind occasionally, but when the stout, well-dressed man is woken by his servant to deal with the creditors, I tend to be a bit more sympathetic to them than him. When they rise from the soup tureen to demand their just moneys, I wonder why he didn't sell the tureen and pay them. Even when they rise from the nether regions of the lavatory en masse.

Release date: 1906-04-26
Best Movies of 1906 : Holdup of the Rocky Mountain Express
18.

Holdup of the Rocky Mountain Express

2.1
5.0/10 IMDB

An early film drama shot on an actual railroad line in Phoenicia, NY in the Catskills.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter, Wallace McCutcheon Sr., Francis J. Marion
Release date: 1906-06-29
19.

Tartans of Scottish Clans

1.9
5.4/10 IMDB

It's common knowledge that Scotsmen are macho enough to pull off wearing a skirt - perhaps it's all that caber-tossing. This disarmingly simple film concentrates on the tartan cloths of various clans rather than the men who wore them, and is an early filmic reminder of their huge importance to both Scottish national identity and the thriving tourist industry north of the border. The film's unique selling point was that pioneering filmmaker G. A. Smith showed off the vibrant designs in Kinemacolor, among the earliest colour film processes that didn't involve meticulous hand-painting. And no dangly bits in sight.

Directed by: George Albert Smith
Release date: 1906-05-23
20.

A Trip to Berkeley, Cal

1.9
4.3/10 IMDB

In the beginning of the film, a streetcar passes in front of the camera position. The camera starts to move, indicating that it was on a streetcar since it is in the same position as the car in the first scene. All the film was photographed from the streetcar.

Directed by: Otis Meader
Release date: 1906-06-22
Best Movies of 1906 : Army Pack Train Bringing Supplies
21.

Army Pack Train Bringing Supplies

1.8
4.2/10 IMDB

A troop of soldiers on horseback enter San Francisco with relief supplies following the earthquake that year.

Release date: 1906-05-23
Best Movies of 1906 : The Automobile Thieves
22.

The Automobile Thieves

1.7
7.7/10 IMDB

A young couple conducts a series of robberies, followed by a chase, in which they are shot and killed.

Directed by: J. Stuart Blackton
Release date: 1906-11-10
Best Movies of 1906 : And the Villain Still Pursued Her, or, the Author's Dream
23.

And the Villain Still Pursued Her, or, the Author's Dream

1.6
7.0/10 IMDB

A writer of tawdry fiction falls asleep at his desk and dreams of a romantic rivalry-- One likely as familiar to film fans then as it is now-- But things take a turn for the bizarre when our hero is shot in the head. An ambitious and hilarious parody of melodramatic tropes from pioneer Blackton.

Starring: Paul Panzer ..
Directed by: J. Stuart Blackton
Release date: 1906-12-01
24.

Le remords

1.6
6.0/10 IMDB

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?

Directed by: Ferdinand Zecca
Release date: 1906-04-26
Best Movies of 1906 : Paris Slums
25.

Paris Slums

1.5
6.0/10 IMDB

A criminal gang descends into the sewers of Paris and uses an interior exit to get their hands on a safe. They move it out of town, where they work to open it.

Directed by: Lucien Nonguet
Release date: 1906-12-24
26.

Boireau déménage

1.4
5.5/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: André Deed ..
Directed by: Georges Hatot
Release date: 1906-05-13
27.

Les malheurs de Madame Durand

1.4
5.4/10 IMDB

Madame Durand goes for a walk and is oblivious to practically everything. She ends up making a nuisance of herself again and again. It's so bad that she eventually even walks into an open sewer and falls down inside. She can't find her way out and wanders until she's overcome with fatigue. When she awakens, she has rats crawling on her! Eventually, despite herself, she is rescued and returns home....and you can only assume she learned absolutely nothing!

Release date: 1906-05-13
28.

Cache-toi dans la malle!

1.4
5.5/10 IMDB

A woman receives her lover at home but the husband arrives having to hide him in a trunk. They go on a trip and the porters do not treat the trunk very well.

Starring: Fernand Rivers ..
Release date: 1906-04-15
29.

La scuola di cavalleria Tor di Quinto

1.4
4.8/10 IMDB

Riders at a cavalry school take the horses through their paces, jumping over fences and walls, descending steep slopes, and fording streams. Some horses balk, and riders occasionally fall off their steeds.

Release date: 1906-12-14
30.

Richesse d'un jour

1.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A rich man receives money and loses his wallet in a park. He finds her a tramp who begins to spend all the money with no sense, to lose everything.

Release date: 1906-06-02
31.

Trois sous de poireaux

1.3
5.3/10 IMDB

A drunk man is going to buy more drink at his wife's expense, which he takes advantage of to get more drunk.

Starring: André Deed ..
Directed by: Georges Hatot
Release date: 1906-06-16
32.

Surf Scene, Waikiki, Honolulu, H.I.

1.3
4.6/10 IMDB

The documentary features the oldest footage ever taken of surfing, and it was shot in Hawaii by Robert Bonine.

Release date: 1906-09-19
33.

Scenes in San Francisco (No. 2)

1.3
4.2/10 IMDB

Views and pans among the ruins of San Francisco after the earthquake and fire.

Release date: 1906-09-06
34.

Shot for Looting

1.3
4.3/10 IMDB

Despite the lurid title, no one gets shot in this long actuality from Lubin. Instead, it's another panorama, as indicated in the movie's alternative title, of the devastation wrought on San Francisco by the Earthquake and subsequent fire.

Directed by: Jack Frawley
Release date: 1906-09-06
35.

Voilà mon mari

1.3
5.1/10 IMDB

Her husband goes away on a business trip. Her lover appears. However, before they can begin their affair, there is a knock on the door. He hides in a dirt chest. When the maid is gone, he comes out. There is a knock on the door. He hides in a filthy closet. When the gossip is gone, he comes out. There is a knock on the door....

Directed by: Georges Hatot
Release date: 1906-02-10
36.

La chaussette

1.3
4.4/10 IMDB

A man dancing at a party finds one of his socks has fallen down. Retreating where no one can see him, he removes the offending item. the consequences are not long in coming in this very short -- two minutes -- comedy from Alice Guy.

Directed by: Alice Guy-Blaché
Release date: 1906-04-26
Best Movies of 1906 : The Life of a Cowboy
37.

The Life of a Cowboy

1.3
5.1/10 IMDB

A cowboy gets involved in the kidnapping and rescue of a pretty young girl.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1906-06-01
38.

Le détective

1.3
5.3/10 IMDB

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.

Release date: 1906-12-15
39.

The Mission

1.2
4.1/10 IMDB

This Lubin actuality of the aftermath of the San Francisco Earthquake begins with a group of men, pans to the left, and the people vanish, leaving only the shattered landscape.

Directed by: Jack Frawley
Release date: 1906-09-06
Best Movies of 1906 : Bobby and His Family
40.

Bobby and His Family

1.2
5.2/10 IMDB

A clown creates a giant version of his face, and then retrieves two miniature versions of himself from his luggage.

Directed by: Segundo de Chomón
Release date: 1906-12-15
41.

Les frères rivaux

1.2
5.2/10 IMDB

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.

Release date: 1906-07-21
42.

Refugees in Camp in Jefferson Square

1.2
4.4/10 IMDB

After the San Francisco Earthquake knocked the city out, and the fires did more damage, many of the refugees from the devastated area settled in a tent city in Jefferson Square. Here are some images from that site.

Release date: 1906-12-15
43.

Hawaiians Departing to Attend a "Luau" or Native Feast

1.2
4.0/10 IMDB

A bunch of people traveling by foot or on horseback past the camera in Hawaii.

Directed by: Robert K Bonine
Release date: 1906-08-01
44.

Panorama of Market Street, the City Hall, Taken from the Roof of the U.S. Mint

1.2
4.2/10 IMDB

A camera starts on a sloppy scene: people walking around, a building that's seen better days, palm trees, with fronds waving in the breeze. As the camera pans to the left, the busy people continue, but the audience sees the devastation left by the San Francisco Earthquake.

Directed by: Jack Frawley
Release date: 1906-09-06
45.

Douaniers et fraudeurs

1.2
5.1/10 IMDB

Smugglers land their goods. Customs inspectors spot them and take off in pursuit.

Release date: 1906-04-26
46.

Luzern und der Vierwaldstätter See

1.2
5.0/10 IMDB

There are a lot of circular pans in this very long (for 1906) travelogue showing the waterfroot of Lucerne, followed by a long moving shot (taken from a boat, since the image rocks) to oe of the resorts on the lake. It's a portrait of a very prosperous bit of city and countryside.

Release date: 1906-12-14
Best Movies of 1906 : The Good Judge
47.

The Good Judge

1.2
4.9/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Segundo de Chomón
Release date: 1906-04-26
48.

La désespérée

1.2
4.8/10 IMDB

About a woman thrown out after she has a child out of wedlock, with the usual "go and darken my doorstep no more!" gesture.

Release date: 1906-12-15
49.

Les malheurs de monsieur Ducornard

1.1
4.7/10 IMDB

When the story begins, a man is called out of town after receiving some sort of letter. On his way to the train station, all sorts of problems happen. First, a man knocks him down and threatens him (you later find it is the wife's lover coming to see her as her husband leaves), his carriage loses a wheel, a group of women beat him up for no particular reason, he crashes into a table at a cafe and the patrons attack and much, much more. In the end, he misses his train and returns home...only to find burglars in his home and the pair tie him up. What could possibly happen next??

Release date: 1906-12-15
50.

Le choix d'une bonne

1.1
4.7/10 IMDB

This maid breaks the dishes, so it's off to the employment office. The next one tries on her mistress's clothes and gets kissed by the master, so it's back to the employment agency. The third...

Release date: 1906-12-15

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