Best Movies of 1912


The Girl and Her Trust

A train-station telegraphist warns the next station of approaching bandits.
Starring: Dorothy Bernard, Wilfred Lucas, Robert Harron
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1912-03-28

Falling Leaves

It's early autumn and Dr. Headley eagerly demonstrates what seems to be a miraculous cure for tuberculosis. Not far from where he is working, the disease seems preparing to soon claim yet another life, a teenage girl named Winifred. Winifred's mother and little sister Trixie are devastated. When Trixie hears the family doctor say of Winifred that "when the last leaf falls, she will have passed away," she interprets the doctor's words literally. Thinking over what she has heard, she determines to do everything possible to save her sister.
Starring: Mace Greenleaf, Blanche Cornwall, Marian Swayne, Magda Foy, Darwin Karr
Directed by: Alice Guy-Blaché
Release date: 1912-03-15

How a Mosquito Operates

A hungry mosquito spots and follows a man on his way home. The mosquito slips into the room where the man is sleeping, and gets ready for a meal. His first attempts startle the man and wake him up, but the mosquito is very persistent.
Directed by: Winsor McCay
Release date: 1912-01-01


The orphan Dora is courted by two different gold miners.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Henry B. Walthall, Lionel Barrymore, Harry Carey, Charles Hill Mailes
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1912-09-22

An Unseen Enemy

The physician's death orphans his two adolescent daughters. Their older brother is able to convert some of the doctor's small estate to cash. But it is late in the day, and with the banks closed he stores the money in his father's household safe. The slatternly housekeeper, aware of the money, enlists a criminal acquaintance to crack the safe. She attempts to get into the adjacent room where the sisters tremble in fear, but finds that the door is locked. The drunken housekeeper menaces them by brandishing a gun through a hole in the wall.
Starring: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Robert Harron, Elmer Booth, Grace Henderson
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1912-09-09

From the Manger to the Cross

One of the first American movies to depict the life of Christ.
Starring: Robert Henderson-Bland, Percy Dyer, Gene Gauntier, Alice Hollister, Samuel Morgan
Directed by: Sidney Olcott
Release date: 1912-10-03

The Girl in the Arm-Chair

Peggy Wilson has recently become an orphan and a ward of the Waston family. She’s also inherited the late Robert Wilson’s vast fortune, which puts her very much in Mr. Waston’s favor. He would like his son, Frank, to marry Peggy, but Peggy “is not his style” and “her money is no inducement”.
Starring: Blanche Cornwall, Mace Greenleaf
Directed by: Alice Guy-Blaché
Release date: 1912-12-13

Canned Harmony

The Professor will not allow his daughter to marry a non-musician, but Billy, her would-be suitor, cannot play a single note. When he is about to give up, Billy’s roommate suggests bluffing his way into the Professor’s favor with the aid of a suitably musical disguise and a well-hidden phonograph player.
Starring: Billy Quirk, Blanche Cornwall, Lee Beggs, Darwin Karr
Directed by: Alice Guy
Release date: 1912-10-09

The Female of the Species

A man and three women leave an abandoned mining town travel across the desert. After the man's death, his wife plans revenge against her companion, whom the wife suspects had an affair with her deceased husband.
Starring: Charles West, Claire McDowell, Mary Pickford, Dorothy Bernard
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1912-04-15

Algie, the Miner

When Algie Allmore asks to marry Clarice, the young woman's father gives him one year to prove that he's a man.
Starring: Billy Quirk, Mary Foy
Directed by: Edward Warren, Harry Schenck, Alice Guy
Release date: 1912-02-28

Journey of Akaki Tsereteli in Racha-Lechkhumi

The first Georgian full-length documentary follows the trip of the “king of Georgian poetry”, Akaki Tsereteli, to Racha and Lechkhumi, and his relationships with the people living in the mountainous areas of Western Georgia
Starring: Akaki Tsereteli
Directed by: Vasil Amashukeli
Release date: 1912-05-15

The Firing of the Patchwork Quilt

A mother is waiting or her son, a railroad engineer, to return home when she discovers that a railroad trestle he must pass over has been washed out. She must try to get word to him before his train reaches the trestle
Starring: Mary Maurice, Robert Gaillard
Release date: 1912-02-28

In Nacht und Eis

First Titanic Movie ever. Released only a few Days after the sinking of the Original Ship.
Starring: Waldemar Hecker, Otto Rippert, Ernst Rückert
Directed by: Mime Misu
Release date: 1912-08-16

Le garde-meubles automatique

A man who no longer can afford his rent is forced to sell his beloved furniture. The furniture can not bear to be parted from their owner and decides to return home. Not to be confused with Émile Cohl's Mobilier Fidèle from 1910.
Directed by: Romeo Bosetti
Release date: 1912-01-01

Jim's Vindication

An express rider is wrongly suspected of theft. When he is sentenced to imprisonment, friends help him to escape. In the pursuit that emerges, he manages to unmask the real thief.
Starring: William Duncan, Lester Cuneo, Rex De Rosselli, Frank McClintock, Marshall Stedman
Directed by: William Duncan
Release date: 1912-10-29

The High Cost of Living

Old Joel Smith is charged with murder in the first degree. At the trial he pleads in opposition to his own lawyers. He explains that he is now too old to be of any assistance to his widowed daughter and his grand-children who are dependent on him for support. He says he prefers death to a life of poverty and wretchedness. In telling the judge and jury his pathetic story (which is shown on the screen) old Joel betrays a love for his grandchildren and his fellow laborers that is poignant with pathos.
Directed by: Alice Guy-Blaché
Release date: 1912-10-23

The Story of a Cocoanut

An educational picture of unusual interest showing the entire process of cocoanut raising.
Release date: 1912-04-12

Iola's Promise

Iola, the little Indian girl, is held captive by a gang of cutthroats but is soon rescued by Jack Harper, a prospector. She is truly grateful to Jack, and regards him as something different from other white people. Jack's sweetheart and her father are travellers in a wagon-train headed for this place, and, not having much luck so far, he is somewhat gloomy. Iola learns the reason, and promises to help him find gold. "Will you?" he says, "Yes." "Cross your heart?" This cross-your-heart action mystifies Iola. She thinks it is a sort of tribe insignia and tells her people that "Crossheart" people are all right. Iola surely pays her debt of gratitude, not only in finding gold, but in giving her life to protect Jack's sweetheart from her own people.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Alfred Paget, Frank Evans, Dorothy Bernard, Frank Opperman
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1912-03-14

Death Jump

Paris, France. Franz Reichelt wearing the parachute that he designed and invented before ascending the Eiffel Tower. Reichelt standing on platform high up on the tower preparing to jump he hovers on the brink for some time and then eventually jumps falling straight down to his death. Police and small crowd around the body of Reichelt as it is carried away, they then measure the depth of the hole made by his fall.
Starring: Franz Reichelt
Release date: 1912-03-11

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