Best Movies of 1918


A Dog's Life

The Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Brownie the Dog, Syd Chaplin, Bud Jamison
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1918-04-14

Stella Maris

Stella Maris is a beautiful, crippled girl, who is cared for by a rich family. They shield her from the harsh realities of the world, so that she has no idea of the cruel things that some people do. Unity Blake is a poor orphan all too familiar with the harsh realities of the real world. These two young women both fall in love with John, love which is complicated by the fact that he is still married to (though separated from) a bad wife.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Ida Waterman, Herbert Standing, Conway Tearle, Josephine Crowell
Directed by: Marshall Neilan
Release date: 1918-01-21

Shoulder Arms

An American doughboy, stationed in France during the Great War, goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines and becomes a hero.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Syd Chaplin, Loyal Underwood, Henry Bergman
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1918-08-20

The Cook

In an attempt at greater efficiency, the chef of a fancy oceanside restaurant and his assistant wreak havoc in the establishment. Adding to the complications is the arrival of a robber.
Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John, Alice Lake, Glen Cavender
Directed by: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Release date: 1918-09-15


M'liss, a feisty young girl in a mining camp, falls for Charles Gray, the school teacher. Charles is implicated in a murder of which he is innocent, and the two must fight to save him from a lynching.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Theodore Roberts, Thomas Meighan, Tully Marshall, Charles Ogle
Directed by: Marshall Neilan
Release date: 1918-05-05

The Bell Boy

At the Elk's Head Hotel bellhops torment the lobby, each other and guests. The elevator is powered by a stubborn horse. A sham robbery turns into a real one. And there is a chase on a runaway trolley.
Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John, Alice Lake, Joe Keaton
Directed by: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Release date: 1918-03-18

Johanna Enlists

A young girl, stifling on her father's backwoods farm, is reinvigorated by the arrival of an army regiment, come to train in the area.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Monte Blue, Wallace Beery, Douglas MacLean, Anne Schaefer
Directed by: William Desmond Taylor
Release date: 1918-09-14

Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley

Amarilly comes from a large family in a working-class neighborhood. She is happy with her family and her boyfriend Terry, a bartender in a cafe. But one day she meets Gordon, a sculptor who comes from a rich family, and she begins to be drawn into the world of the upper class.
Starring: Mary Pickford, William Scott, Kate Price, Ida Waterman, Norman Kerry
Directed by: Marshall Neilan
Release date: 1918-03-10

Out West

The story involves Arbuckle coming to the western town of Mad Dog Gulch (which the intertitles call "the toughest town in the movies") after being thrown off a train and chased by Indians. He teams up with gambler/saloon owner Bill Bullhum (Keaton), in trying to keep the evil Wild Bill Hickup (Al St. John) away from Salvation Army girl, Salvation Sue (Alice Lake). Fatty and Buster have a series of adventures trying to beat St. John, until they discover his one weakness: his ticklishness.
Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John, Alice Lake, Joe Keaton
Directed by: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Release date: 1918-01-20

Hearts of the World

A group of youngsters grow up and love in a peaceful French village. But war intrudes and peace is shattered. The German army invades and occupies village, bringing both destruction and torture. The young people of the village resist, some successfully, others tragically, until French troops retake the town.
Starring: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Dorothy Gish, Adolph Lestina, Josephine Crowell
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1918-03-11

Thomas Graal's Best Child

Frau Bessie, once a madcap, aristocratic and modern Swedish fraulein, has become now a whimsical and conservative Swedish burgess after her marriage to Herr Thomas Graal. The destabilization of the marriage begins right at the wedding (which contains some hilarious incidents) when Frau Bessie announces the first Graal child must be a girl, creating a terrible conflict with her husband who is hoping for a boy. It takes a scandal to finally end the war between man and wife.
Starring: Victor Sjöström, Karin Molander, Josef Fischer, Jenny Tschernichin-Larsson, Torsten Winge
Directed by: Mauritz Stiller
Release date: 1918-10-21

How to Make Movies

This film was never released for the general public. It was hidden in Chaplin's private vaults for forty years until he included some parts of it in his compilation 'The Chaplin Revue' in 1959.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1918-01-01

Tarzan of the Apes

A female ape takes to mothering the orphaned boy (Tarzan) and raises him over the course of many years until a rescue mission is finally launched and the search party combs the jungle for the long-time missing Lord Greystoke. But then, one of the search members, Jane Porter, gets separated from the group and comes face to face with fearsome wild animals. Tarzan saves her from harm just in the knick of time and love begins to blossom.
Starring: Elmo Lincoln, Enid Markey, Gordon Griffith
Directed by: Scott Sidney
Release date: 1918-01-27

Hell Bent

Some strong action and well sustained tension and a great third act, but this mostly a good showcase for Chayenne Harry’s presence, the mixx of nobility and not belonging that made Carey such an impressive western hero.
Starring: Harry Carey, Duke R. Lee, Neva Gerber
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1918-07-05

Good Night, Nurse!

Roscoe's wife, tired of his endless drunkenness, reads of an operation that cures alcoholism and has him admitted to No Hope Sanitarium to get the surgery. Roscoe, wanting out, eventually disguises himself as a nurse to effect his escape.
Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Alice Lake, Kate Price, Al St. John
Directed by: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Release date: 1918-06-30


A feud between the Owens and the Gillettes ends when the last remaining Gillette is killed, but new trouble erupts for the mountain folk with the arrival of a U.S. revenue agent and his assistant.
Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John, Alice Lake, Charles Dudley
Directed by: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Release date: 1918-05-12

The Eyes of the Mummy

Jannings and Negri are Egyptians involved in a scam milking tourists out of their money, by having the girl lend her eyes to the "mummy" from inside an empty sarcophagus! When a British lord and adventurer comes to visit, she falls in love and leaves with him to England. Needless to say, Jannings – who, naturally, has feelings for Negri himself – follows them (conveniently in the employ of another English aristocrat and friend to Liedtke) in order to exact his revenge.
Starring: Pola Negri, Emil Jannings, Max Laurence, Harry Liedtke
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1918-08-03

The Bond

A propaganda film created by Charlie Chaplin at his own expense for the Liberty Load Committee to help sell U.S. Liberty Bonds during World War I. The story is a series of sketches humorously illustrating various bonds like the bond of friendship and of marriage and, most important, the Liberty Bond, to K.O. the Kaiser which Charlie does literally.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Syd Chaplin, Henry Bergman
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1918-09-29

Triple Trouble

As Colonel Nutt is experimenting with explosives, a new janitor is joining his household. The inept janitor proceeds to make life difficult for the rest of staff.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Leo White, Billy Armstrong, James T. Kelley
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin, Leo White
Release date: 1918-08-11

Little Orphant Annie

Annie, left orphaned after the death of her mother, goes to live in an orphanage where she tells her fellow orphans stories of ghosts and goblins. The matron of the orphanage finds Annie's closest relative, the abusive Uncle Thomp. Her uncle who puts her to hard work doing hard labor on his farm, belittling her all the while. Big Dave, a neighbor and tough cow-poke sees this and comes to her aid. Dave becomes her protector. Eventually Annie goes to live with Squire Goode and his large family. There, she entertains the children of the household with her stories, but sees her abusive aunt and uncle as her chief tormentors. She tells stories of how the goblins will take away the children if they are not good. Each story she tells is illustrated. War breaks out and Dave, who Annie adores, enlists. Uncle Thomp, hearing that Dave has been killed in action, takes pleasure in telling Annie the news. Broken-hearted, Annie falls ill and dies in bed, surrounded by family.
Starring: Colleen Moore, Tom Santschi, Harry Lonsdale, Eugenie Besserer, Doris Baker
Directed by: Colin Campbell
Release date: 1918-12-31

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