Best Movies of 1913



An isolated house is too remote for a lone servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door, and puts the key under the mat. Left alone in the house is a mother and her infant. A tramp has watched the servant leave and begins to skulk. When the lady of the house sees him outside as he discovers the key, she's terrified and desperately phones her husband, who's at work in town. He jumps into a car that's idling in front of his office and races toward home, the car's owner, and police, in hot pursuit.
Starring: Lois Weber, Val Paul, Sam Kaufman, Douglas Gerrard, Lule Warrenton
Directed by: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber
Release date: 1913-07-06

Traffic in Souls

A woman, with the aid of her police officer sweetheart, endeavors to uncover the prostitution ring that has kidnapped her sister, and the philanthropist who secretly runs it.
Starring: Jane Gail, Ethel Grandin, William H. Turner, Matt Moore, Irene Wallace
Directed by: George Loane Tucker
Release date: 1913-11-24

A House Divided

A married couple, suspecting one another of infidelity, decide to "live separately together."
Starring: Fraunie Fraunholz, Marian Swayne
Directed by: Alice Guy-Blaché
Release date: 1913-05-02

Karl Valentin's Wedding

The spindly Karl Valentin is roped into marriage with an Amazon.
Starring: Karl Valentin, Georg Rückert
Release date: 1913-01-01

Burstup Homes' Murder Case

A spoof of Sherlock Holmes who was quite popular at the time. Directed by Alice Guy-Blache for Solax Film Company.
Starring: Fraunie Fraunholz, Darwin Karr, Blanche Cornwall
Directed by: Alice Guy-Blaché
Release date: 1913-03-26

The Coming of Sunbeam

Proud old Major Neal disowns his only child, a beautiful girl, because he considers her marriage a misalliance. Years pass. The old major becomes a recluse feared by all. One morning, a hamper is found beneath the Major's covered driveway.The hamper contains a baby girl.
Directed by: Alice Guy-Blaché
Release date: 1913-01-22

The Politician

A political boss antagonizes his constituents when he delivers an oratory while being fed talking points from his daughter who is reading from the wrong newspaper
Starring: Edward O’Connor, Alice Washburn, Elsie MacLeod, George Robinson
Directed by: Allen Ramsey
Release date: 1913-03-17

The Spirit of the Flag

Dr. Reid, a young American physician in the Philippines, risks his life in the cause of patriotism, and eventually wins the love of the girl of his choice. With the idea of developing in the natives in his community the spirit of manly citizenship, Dr. Reid requests the War Department to furnish him with a number of discarded Winchesters with which to drill the natives. His request is granted, but he runs afoul with the occupant Spanish army.
Starring: Wallace Reid, Pauline Bush, Jessalyn Van Trump, Arthur Rosson, David Kirkland
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1913-06-07

Courage of Sorts

A ghost story in which the prospective son-in-law agrees to stay in the haunted house. The girl's father plays ghost, but the tables are turned on him in an amusing manner.
Starring: Edward Coxen, Lillian Christy, Chester Withey
Release date: 1913-10-13

Two Men of the Desert

The young authoress had come to the edge of the desert for her mother's sake. There she met the two young prospectors and a romance began. But the men were about to go across the desert, where they had heard rumors of gold. They decided to play square and before going determined to let the coin decide who should ask the young authoress the all-important question. The flip of the coin decided the older should try his luck first. He learned the girl did not love him. But the other she promised to marry when he should return from the gold lands, and the care of her sick mother, who would then be restored to health, should no longer interfere with her happiness. The young partners soon reached the other side of the desert, where success came to them far beyond their expectations.
Starring: Blanche Sweet, Henry B. Walthall, Walter Miller, Alfred Paget, Jennie Lee
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1913-08-23

The Deerslayer

Wah-Ta-Wah, or Hist, the lady-love of Chingachgook, a Delaware chief, has been captured by the warlike Hurons. Chingachgook asks the aid of Deerslayer, a white man brought up among the Indians, in rescuing her, and. the two men arrange to meet at Lake Otsego, then called Glimmerglass. Deerslayer sets out for the meeting place, accompanied by Hurry Harry March, a trapper, who acts as his guide.
Starring: Harry T. Morey, Wallace Reid, Ethel Dunn, Hal Reid, Edward Thomas
Directed by: Hal Reid, Laurence Trimble
Release date: 1913-05-06

A Trip Through Setomaa

Estonia's first ethnographic film. Made by Johannes Pääsuke in 1913 on his expedition to Setomaa, the South-Eastern region in Estonia.
Directed by: Johannes Pääsuke
Release date: 1913-01-01


Hamlet is a 1913 British silent drama film directed by Hay Plumb and starring Johnston Forbes-Robertson, Gertrude Elliot and Walter Ringham.
Starring: Johnston Forbes-Robertson, Walter Ringham, S.A. Cookson, J.H. Barnes, Alex Scott-Gatty
Directed by: Hay Plumb
Release date: 1913-09-22

His Sister's Kids

His Sister's Kids is a 1913 movie starring Roscoe Arbuckle and Minta Durfee.
Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Minta Durfee, Ford Sterling, Gordon Griffith, Charles Avery
Directed by: George Nichols
Release date: 1913-12-13

Bangville Police

A young, buxom farm maid overhears two cow-hands talking in the barn, and she’s convinced they’re about to rob her. She barricades herself in a room and calls the police. Her call wakes the chief, who rallies the constabulary and they sets off toward the farm, in steam-car and on foot. Meanwhile, the maid’s parents and their neighbors rush to save her armed with shotgun, pitchfork, and shovel. Everything points toward a showdown in the barn, where no one, including the police force, will be cowed.
Starring: Fred Mace, Mabel Normand, Nick Cogley, Charles Avery, Dot Farley
Directed by: Henry Lehrman
Release date: 1913-04-24

The Mothering Heart

A young couple struggle to get ahead, the wife always assuaging the troubles of her melancholy husband. As he climbs the ladder of success, he abandons the homely values and takes up with another woman. His wife leaves him, returning to her mother's home where she bears a child. When the husband is abandoned by his concubine, remorse drives him to find his wife.
Starring: Lillian Gish, Walter Miller, Kate Bruce, Viola Barry, Adolph Lestina
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1913-06-21

The Insects' Christmas

A Father Christmas ornament climbs down from a decorated tree, and goes to the forest. There he creates and decorates a Christmas tree for the forest creatures. He then invites all the insects, along with a friendly frog, to come and enjoy the gifts he has prepared, and to celebrate Christmas.
Directed by: Wladyslaw Starewicz
Release date: 1913-01-01

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