ⓘ 1918 in film

The Bond

The Bond is a propaganda film created by Charlie Chaplin at his own expense for the Liberty Loan Committee for theatrical release to help sell U.S. Liberty Bonds during World War I Made in 1918 with Edna Purviance, Albert Austin and Sydney Chaplin, the film has a distinctive visual motif set in a simple plain black set with starkly lit simple props and arrangements. 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. That theme is made expl ...

Father Sergius (1918 film)

Father Sergius is a 1918 Soviet Russian silent film directed by Yakov Protazanov and Alexandre Volkoff. It is based on the story of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. This was the first film version of the story, as the depiction of priests was not permitted in the film industry of the Russian Empire until after the October Revolution in 1917. Ivan Mosjoukine plays the title role. Father Sergius was screened in the United Kingdom in 1920 and 1927.

The Lady and the Hooligan

The Lady and the Hooligan is a 1918 Russian silent film co-directed by Vladimir Mayakovsky and Yevgeni Slavinsky. The script, written by Mayakovsky, is based on the play La maestrina degli operai by Edmondo De Amicis.

Salome (1918 film)

As described in a film magazine, Salome uses her wiles in pursuit of King Herod, whose power she desires. She has disposed of Herods chief rival, and causes his wife to be killed through her own treachery. John the Baptist, who has secured a hold on the people, denounces Herod and his court. Herod has John thrown in jail for fomenting sedition. There Salome meets him, and becomes crazed with passion, but when John rejects her she seeks revenge. With a sensuous dance she gains the approval of Herod, and demands Johns head as her reward. This act brings her own punishment when she is crushed ...

A Dog's Life

A Dogs Life is a 1918 American short silent film written, produced and directed by Charlie Chaplin. This was Chaplins first film for First National Films. Chaplin plays opposite an animal as "co-star". "Scraps" the dog was the hero in this film, as he helps Charlie and Edna towards a better life. Edna Purviance plays a dance hall singer and Charlie Chaplin, The Tramp. Sydney Chaplin Chaplins brother had a small role in this film; this was the first time the two brothers were on screen together. Charles Lapworth, a former newspaper editor who had met Chaplin when he interviewed him, took a ...

Tarzan of the Apes (1918 film)

Tarzan of the Apes is a 1918 American action/adventure silent film directed by Scott Sidney starring Elmo Lincoln, Enid Markey, George B. French and Gordon Griffith. It was the first Tarzan film ever made and is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs original novel Tarzan of the Apes. The film adapts only the first part of the novel, the remainder becoming the basis for the sequel, The Romance of Tarzan. The film is considered the most faithful to the novel of all the film adaptations. Its most notable plot change is the introduction of the character Binns and his role in bringing the Porters to Af ...

                                     

ⓘ 1918 in film

  • Following litigation for anti-trust activities, the Motion Picture Patents Company disbands.
  • January 27 – Tarzan makes his film debut in Tarzan of the Apes.
  • March 10 – Warner Bros. release their first produced picture, My Four Years in Germany.
  • 28 mm safety standard film, designed by Alexander Victor, becomes one of the earliest film formats to use "safety film" bases in order to safeguard the amateur market against nitrate fires.
  • July – The animated The Sinking of the Lusitania is one of the first examples of animation being used for something other than comedy.
  • Louis B. Mayer arrives in Los Angeles and forms Louis B. Mayer Pictures Corporation.
                                     

1. Notable films released in 1918

Sweden

  • The Outlaw and His Wife Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru, directed by & starring Victor Sjostrom

U.S.S.R.

  • Father Sergius, directed by Yakov Protazanov, starring Ivan Mozzukhin
                                     

1.1. Notable films released in 1918 Germany

  • Das Tagebuch des Dr. Hart, directed by Paul Leni
  • Carmen, directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starring Pola Negri
  • I Dont Want to Be a Man Ich mochte kein Mann sein, directed by Ernst Lubitsch
  • Alraune, die Henkerstochter, genannt die rote Hanne
                                     

1.2. Notable films released in 1918 Hungary

  • Az ordog, directed by Mihaly Kertesz
  • Karoly bakak, directed by Zoltan Korda
  • Lulu, directed by Mihaly Kertesz, starring: Bela Lugosi
  • A 99-es szamu berkocsi, directed by Mihaly Kertesz, starring: |Clare Lotto and Bela Lugosi
  • Faun, directed by Alexander Korda, starring: Gabor Rajnay and Artur Somlay
  • A Vig ozvegy, directed by Mihaly Kertesz, starring: Mihaly Varkonyi, Berta Valero, Endre Boross Arpad id. Latabar, Miklos Szomory and Jozsef Banhidy
  • Kuzdelem a letert, directed by Alfred Deesy, starring: Bela Lugosi
  • Mary Ann, directed by Alexander Korda, starring: Ica von Lenkeffy and Tivadar Uray
  • Lili, directed by Cornelius Hintner, starring: Bela Lugosi
  • Alraune, directed by Mihaly Kertesz, starring: Geza Erdelyi and Gyula Gal Lost film
  • A Napraforgos holgy, directed by Mihaly Kertesz, starring: Lucy Doraine, Clare Lotto and Ivan Petrovich
  • Alarcosbal ||Alfred Deesy, starring: Bela Lugosi
  • A vig Ozvegy, directed by Mihaly Kertesz
  • Az Elet kiralya, directed by Alfred Deesy, starring: Bela Lugosi and Norbert Dan
  • Casanova, directed by Alfred Deesy, starring: Bela Lugosi and Alfred Deesy


                                     

1.3. Notable films released in 1918 France

  • Vendemiaire, directed by Louis Feuillade
  • Tih Minh, directed by Louis Feuillade, starring Rene Creste
  • The Tenth Symphony La Dixieme Symphonie, directed by Abel Gance, starring Severin-Mars and Jean Toulout
                                     

1.4. Notable films released in 1918 Sweden

  • The Outlaw and His Wife Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru, directed by & starring Victor Sjostrom
                                     

1.5. Notable films released in 1918 United States

  • The Bell Boy, a Fatty Arbuckle / Buster Keaton short
  • Why Pick on Me?, starring Harold Lloyd and Bebe Daniels
  • Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley, directed by Marshall Neilan, starring Mary Pickford
  • Are Crooks Dishonest?, a Harold Lloyd short
  • Salome, directed by J. Gordon Edwards, starring Theda Bara
  • The Cook, a Fatty Arbuckle/Buster Keaton short
  • Hearts of the World, directed by D.W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish
  • The Eyes of Julia Deep, starring Mary Miles Minter
  • MLiss, directed by Marshall Neilan, starring Mary Pickford and Thomas Meighan
  • Arizona, starring Douglas Fairbanks
  • The Romance of Tarzan, starring Elmo Lincoln
  • The Ghost of Slumber Mountain
  • Mickey, directed by F. Richard Jones, starring Mabel Normand
  • The Sinking of the Lusitania, a short animated propaganda film by Winsor McCay; likely the longest animated film of its time.
  • Men Who Have Made Love to Me, starring Mary MacLane
  • Blue Blazes Rawden, starring William S. Hart
  • Cupid Angling, starring Ruth Roland
  • Cecilia of the Pink Roses, directed by Julius Steger; starring Marion Davies
  • Under the Yoke, directed by J. Gordon Edwards, starring Theda Bara
  • Stella Maris, directed by Marshall Neilan, starring Mary Pickford
  • The House of Mirth, directed by Albert Capellani, starring Katherine Corri Harris
  • Out of the Inkwell, an animated film directed by Max Fleischer
  • Tarzan of the Apes, directed by Scott Sidney, starring Elmo Lincoln and Enid Markey
  • The Heart of Humanity, starring Erich von Stroheim
  • The Blue Bird, directed by Maurice Tourneur
  • Bound in Morocco, directed by Allan Dwan, starring Douglas Fairbanks
  • On the Quiet, directed by Chester Withey, starring Jack Barrymore
  • Uncle Toms Cabin
  • The Lamb, a Harold Lloyd short.
  • The Whispering Chorus, starring Raymond Hatton and Kathlyn Williams
  • My Four Years in Germany, the first film produced by the four Warner Brothers
  • Under the Greenwood Tree directed by Emile Chautard starring Elsie Ferguson
  • Headin South, directed by Allan Dwan, starring Douglas Fairbanks
  • The Goddess of Lost Lake, starring Louise Glaum
  • Moonshine, a Fatty Arbuckle/Buster Keaton short
  • Out West, a Fatty Arbuckle/Buster Keaton short
  • The Burden of Proof, directed by Julius Steger; starring Marion Davies
  • Among the Cannibal Isles of the South Pacific
  • Huck and Tom


                                     

1.6. Notable films released in 1918 U.S.S.R.

  • Father Sergius, directed by Yakov Protazanov, starring Ivan Mozzukhin
                                     

2. Comedy film series

Only the films of the series released in 1918 are collected

Buster Keaton 1917–1944

Films starring Roscoe Arbuckle, featuring Buster Keaton released in 1918:

  • March 18: The Bell Boy as Bellboy.
  • January 20: Out West as Sheriff / Saloon owner.
                                     

2.1. Comedy film series Buster Keaton 1917–1944

Films starring Roscoe Arbuckle, featuring Buster Keaton released in 1918:

  • March 18: The Bell Boy as Bellboy.
  • January 20: Out West as Sheriff / Saloon owner.
                                     

2.2. Comedy film series Harold Lloyd 1913–1938

Glasses character "The Boy":

  • Why Pick on Me?
  • The City Slicker
  • Thats Him
  • Nothing but Trouble
  • She Loves Me Not
  • A Gasoline Wedding
  • The Tip
  • Are Crooks Dishonest? – sometimes wrongly titled as Doing, Doing, Done
  • Take a Chance
  • Its a Wild Life
  • Kicked Out
  • Bride and Gloom
  • Somewhere in Turkey
  • Look Pleasant, Please
  • Swing Your Partners
  • Here Come the Girls
  • Hey There!
  • The Lamb
  • Two Scrambled
  • Kicking the Germ Out of Germany
  • Beat It
  • Follow the Crowd
  • An Ozark Romance
  • Two-Gun Gussie
  • The Non-Stop Kid
  • Hear Em Rave
  • Fireman Save My Child
  • Lets Go
  • Pipe the Whiskers as Janitor
  • Hit Him Again
  • Sic Em, Towser
  • On the Jump
  • Bees in His Bonnet
  • Back to the Woods


                                     

2.3. Comedy film series Lupino Lane 1915–1939

Short films acting as his character Mr. Butterbun released in 1918:

  • The Haunted Hotel
  • The Blunders of Mr. Butterbun: Trips and Tribunals
  • Love and Lobster
  • His Salad Days
  • The Blunders of Mr. Butterbun: Unexpected Treasure
  • His Busy Day
                                     

3. Births

  • Anne Shirley, actress died 1993
  • February 16 – Patty Andrews, singer, actress, member of The Andrews Sisters died 2013
  • William Holden, actor died 1981
  • March 1 – Roger Delgado, actor died 1973
  • January 29 – John Forsythe, actor died 2010
  • April 17
  • March 9 – Mickey Spillane, writer, actor died 2006
  • February 4 – Ida Lupino, actress, director died 1995
  • September 13 – Dick Haymes, actor, singer died 1980
  • September 21 – Rand Brooks, actor died 2003
  • July 18 – Jane Frazee, singer, actress died 1985
  • Cameron Mitchell, actor died 1994
  • June 11 – Jane Bryan, actress died 2009
  • August 9 – Robert Aldrich, director died 1983
  • September 28 – Arnold Stang, actor and comedian died 2009
  • June 26 – Ellen Liiger, actress died 1987
  • Art Carney, actor died 2003
  • July 26 – Marjorie Lord, actress died 2015
  • June 8 – Robert Preston, actor, singer died 1987
  • July 6 – Sebastian Cabot, actor died 1977
  • September – Rin Tin Tin, canine actor died 1932
  • April 18 – Shinobu Hashimoto, screenwriter died 2018
  • October 29 – Diana Serra Cary, born Peggy-Jean Montgomery "Baby Peggy", child silent film actress died 2020
  • October 17 – Rita Hayworth, actress died 1987
  • May 14 – June Duprez, actress died 1984
  • October 13 – Robert Walker, actor died 1951
  • July 14 – Ingmar Bergman, Swedish actor, writer, director died 2007
  • November 4
  • October 9 – Lila Kedrova, Russian-born actress died 2000
  • May 26 – John Dall, actor died 1971
  • October 27 – Teresa Wright, actress died 2005
  • August 17 – Evelyn Ankers, actress died 1985
  • November 30 – Efrem Zimbalist Jr., actor died 2014
  • December 15 – Jeff Chandler, actor died 1961


                                     

4. Deaths

  • November 6 – William Shea, 67, Scottish veteran film actor & director
  • January 12 – Simeon Wiltsie, American actor
  • September 21 – Hal August, 28, American actor; brother of Edwin August
  • April 30 – "Mother" Mary Maurice, 73, American veteran stage & film actress
  • February 15 – Vernon Castle, 30, American dancer & writer
  • February 1 – Joseph Kaufman, 36, American silent film actor & director, married to film star Ethel Clayton
  • November 18 – Wayland Trask, Jr., 31, American comedian
  • July 4 – Walter Stradling, 43, British cinematographer
  • October 2 - Edwin Arden, American stage & film actor
  • October 19 – Harold Lockwood, 31, American actor
  • October 28 – Louise Vale, American actress
  • August 12 – Anna Held, 46, Polish actress & singer
  • December 29 – Jode Mullally, 32, American actor
  • May 19 – S. Rankin Drew, 26, American actor and director.
  • March 13 – William Courtleigh, Jr., 26, American actor
  • December 6 – Charles Gunn, 35, American actor
  • October 22 – Myrtle Gonzalez, 27, American actress
  • October 22 – Julian LEstrange, 38, English actor
  • June 29 – John van den Broek, 23, Dutch cinematographer


                                     

5. Debuts

  • Noel Coward – Hearts of the World
  • Ben Lyon – The Transgressor
  • Buck Jones – Western Blood as Buck Gebhardt
  • Warner Baxter – All Womanuncredited
  • Irene Rich – A Desert Wooing
  • Neil Hamilton – The Beloved Impostor 1918 film
  • Will Rogers – Laughing Bill Hyde