ⓘ 1917 in film

The Immigrant (1917 film)

The Immigrant is a 1917 American silent romantic comedy short. The film stars Charlie Chaplins Tramp character as an immigrant coming to the United States who is accused of theft on the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, and falls in love with a beautiful young woman along the way. It also stars Edna Purviance and Eric Campbell. The movie was written and directed by Chaplin. According to Kevin Brownlow and David Gills documentary series Unknown Chaplin, the first scenes to be written and filmed take place in what became the movies second half, in which the penniless Tramp finds a coin and g ...

Easy Street (film)

In a slum area called Easy Street, the police are failing to maintain law and order. The Little Tramp is sleeping rough outside the Hope Mission near the streets of a lawless slum. He is inspired at the mission where there is singing and a sermon from the preacher. His religious "awakening" is inspired by a beautiful young woman who pleads for him to join the mission, holding his hand. Spotting a help wanted ad for a job at the police station, the Little Tramp accepts and is assigned the rough-and-tumble Easy Street as his beat. Upon entering the street he finds a bully roughing up the loc ...

1917 (2019 film)

1917 is a 2019 British epic war thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Sam Mendes. The film stars George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, with Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch in supporting roles. It is not based on a true story told to Mendes by his paternal grandfather, Alfred Mendes. The film tells the story of two young British soldiers during the First World War who are ordered to deliver a message calling off an attack doomed to fail soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberi ...

Great Expectations (1917 film)

Great Expectations is a lost 1917 silent drama film directed by Robert G. Vignola and Paul West, based on the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Jack Pickford stars as Pip and Louise Huff as Estella.

For Happiness

Zoya Verenskaya and Dmitry Gzhatsky have been loving each other for 10 years, but Zoya does not want to harm the psyche of her daughter Lee, therefore, lovers are still not together. One day, Zoya goes with her daughter to the resort and there she learns that her daughter also loves Dmitry.

Cleopatra (1917 film)

Cleopatra is a 1917 American silent historical drama film based on H. Rider Haggards 1889 novel Cleopatra and the plays Cleopatre by Emile Moreau and Victorien Sardou and Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare. The film starred Theda Bara in the title role, Fritz Leiber, Sr. as Julius Caesar, and Thurston Hall as Mark Antony. The film is now considered lost, with only fragments surviving.

                                     

ⓘ 1917 in film

1917 in film was a particularly fruitful year for the art form, and is often cited as one of the years in the decade which contributed to the medium the most, along with 1913. Secondarily the year saw a limited global embrace of narrative film-making and featured innovative techniques such as continuity cutting. Primarily, the year is an American landmark, as 1917 is the first year where the narrative and visual style is typified as "Classical Hollywood".

                                     

1. Events

  • April 25 – Thomas Lincoln Tally, in a meeting in New York, co-founds the First National Exhibitors Circuit.
  • April 23 – Release in the United States of the short The Butcher Boy, the first of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckles series of films with the Comique Film Corporation, and Buster Keatons film debut.
  • Movette, another revision of the 17.5 mm film format, is made available.
  • June – Thomas H. Ince and Mack Sennett leave Triangle Film Corporation following Stephen Andrew Lynch taking control.
  • February – Buster Keaton first meets Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle in New York and is hired as a co-star and gag man.
  • January – Panthea is released, the first film from the company that Joseph Schenck formed with his wife, Norma Talmadge, after leaving Loews Consolidated Enterprises.
  • September 13 – Release in the United States of The Gulf Between, the first film made in Technicolor System 1, a two-color process.
  • November 9 – Worlds first feature-length animated film is made in Argentina by Quirino Cristiani El Apostol
  • April 9 – Supreme Court of the United States rule in Motion Picture Patents Co. v. Universal Film Manufacturing Co. which ends the Motion Picture Patents Company appeal and results in the end of the company.
  • December 18 – Foundation of Universum Film AG UƒA, as a propaganda film company, in Berlin.
                                     

2. Notable films released in 1917

United States unless stated

  • May 19 – One Law for Both directed by Ivan Abramson
  • July 5 – Big Timber
  • August 12 – Golden Rule Kate, a drama western starring Louise Glaum
  • May 14 – A Romance of the Redwoods, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Mary Pickford
  • June – The Labour Leader, directed by Thomas Bentley, starring Owen Nares, Fay Compton – GB
  • March 3 – The Tornado, directed by John Ford his debut
  • August 28 – Brcko in Zagreb – Croatia
  • January 22 – Her Right to Live, directed by Paul Scardon, starring Peggy Hyland, Antonio Moreno, Mae Costello, John S. Robertson
  • January 8 – Great Expectations, starring Jack Pickford
  • June 25 – A Kentucky Cinderella, starring Ruth Clifford
  • August 27 – The Little American, starring Mary Pickford; directed by Cecil B. DeMille.
  • February 18 – The Bad Boy, starring Robert Harron, Mildred Harris, Colleen Moore
  • August 27 – Straight Shooting, directed by John Ford
  • April 15 – Teddy at the Throttle, a Keystone comedy starring Gloria Swanson
  • May 20 – Souls Triumphant, starring Lillian Gish
  • May 21 – A Reckless Romeo, a Fatty Arbuckle short.
  • August – The Gay Lord Quex directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Ben Webster and Irene Vanbrugh – GB
  • June 17 – The Immigrant, starring Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance
  • June 24 – Wild and Woolly, starring Douglas Fairbanks
  • June 25 – The Rough House, a Fatty Arbuckle / Buster Keaton short.
  • July – The Picture of Dorian Gray Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray – Germany
  • May 7 – Kidnapped, directed by Alan Crosland, starring Raymond McKee, Joseph Burke, and Ray Hallor
  • January 22 – Easy Street, starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance
  • March 7 – The Torture of Silence Mater Dolorosa, directed by Abel Gance – France
  • April 23 – The Butcher Boy, starring "Fatty" Arbuckle with Buster Keaton
  • April 16 – The Cure, a Charlie Chaplin short.
  • February 2 – The Marriage of Luise Rohrbach, directed by Rudolf Biebrach, starring Henny Porten, Emil Jannings – Germany
  • May – Frank Hansens Fortune directed by Viggo Larsen – Germany
  • August 20 – His Wedding Night, a Fatty Arbuckle / Buster Keaton short.
  • September 13 – The Gulf Between, All color movie.
  • March 5 – The Poor Little Rich Girl, starring Mary Pickford
  • January 29 – A Man There Was Terje Vigen, directed by Victor Sjostrom – Sweden
  • September – Fear directed by Robert Wiene and starring Conrad Veidt – Germany
  • September 30 – Camille, starring Theda Bara
  • September 22 – Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, starring Mary Pickford
  • September 30 – Oh Doctor!, a Fatty Arbuckle / Buster Keaton short.
  • September 30 – The Sultans Wife, starring Gloria Swanson
  • Dombey and Son directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Hayford Hobbs – GB
  • October 21 – Satan Triumphant Satana likuyushchiy – U.S.S.R.
  • Bestia aka The Polish Dancer, starring Pola Negri – Poland
  • November 25 – All Aboard, a Harold Lloyd short
  • Mothers of Men, starring Dorothy Davenport
  • November 9 – El Apostol The Apostle, animated by Quirino Cristiani – Argentina
  • December 24 – Bucking Broadway, directed by John Ford, starring Harry Carey
  • The Man Without a Country, starring Florence La Badie
  • Runaway Romany, directed by George Lederer; starring Marion Davies and Matt Moore
  • Thaïs – Italy
  • October 22 – The Adventurer, a Charlie Chaplin short.
  • December – Raffles the Amateur Cracksman, starring John Barrymore
  • November 26 – The Silent Man, starring William S. Hart
  • Der Magische Gurtel "The Magic Girdle" Germany
  • October 14 – Cleopatra, starring Theda Bara
  • October 29 – Coney Island, a Fatty Arbuckle / Buster Keaton short.
  • November 12 – Harrison and Barrison, directed by Alexander Korda, starring Marton Ratkai – Hungary
  • November 11 – A Little Princess, directed by Marshall Neilan, starring Mary Pickford, Norman Kerry, ZaSu Pitts
  • Le Cygne film Umirayushchii Lebed – U.S.S.R.
  • December 10 – Tom Sawyer, starring Jack Pickford
  • The Colonel Az Ezredes, directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Bela Lugosi – Hungary
  • U-Boote Heraus! "U-Boat Release" Germany
                                     

3. Births

  • January 24 – Ernest Borgnine, actor died 2012
  • March 2 – Desi Arnaz, actor died 1986
  • Maya Deren, experimental filmmaker died 1961
  • Celeste Holm, actress died 2012
  • February 25 – Brenda Joyce, American actress died 2009
  • February 21 – Lucille Bremer, actress died 1996
  • January 5 – Jane Wyman, actress died 2007
  • March 12 – Googie Withers, actress died 2011
  • January 2 – Vera Zorina, dancer, actress died 2003
  • January 21 – Lally Bowers, English actress and singer died 1984
  • April 29
  • March 22 – Virginia Grey, actress died 2004
  • April 14 – Valerie Hobson, actress died 1998
  • February 6 – Zsa Gabor, actress died 2016
  • January 10 – Hilde Krahl, actress died 1999
  • May 25 – Steve Cochran, actor died 1965
  • Susan Hayward, actress died 1975
  • May 21 – Raymond Burr, actor died 1993
  • May 10 – Margo, actress died 1985
  • May 16 – George Gaynes, actor died 2016
  • June 30
  • Lena Horne, singer, actress died 2010
  • June 3 – Leo Gorcey, actor, comedian died 1969
  • June 7 – Dean Martin, singer, actor died 1995
  • May 1 – Danielle Darrieux, actress died 2017
  • September 9 – Rolf Wenkhaus, actor died 1942
  • August 8 – Earl Cameron, actor
  • Helmut Dantine, actor died 1982
  • June Allyson, actress died 2006
  • August 6 – Robert Mitchum, actor died 1997
  • August 25 – Mel Ferrer, actor died 2008
  • July 1 – Virginia Dale, American actress died 1994
  • September 11 – Herbert Lom, actor died 2012
  • July 8 – Faye Emerson, actress died 1983
  • July 17 – Phyllis Diller, comedian, actress died 2012
  • October 7
  • July 26 – Lorna Gray, actress died 2017
  • October 22 – Joan Fontaine, actress died 2013
  • November 4 – Virginia Field, actress died 1992
  • November 2 – Ann Rutherford, actress died 2012
  • December 12 – Margaret Marquis, actress died 1993
  • October 16 – Alice Pearce, actress died 1966
  • December 22 – Frankie Darro, actor died 1976
  • October 17 – Marsha Hunt, U.S. actress
  • December 7 – Hurd Hatfield, actor died 1998


                                     

4. Deaths

  • December 20 – Eric Campbell, 38, Scottish actor, The Immigrant, Behind the Screen, The Count, Easy Street, The Adventurer short, The Cure short
  • July 2 – Herbert Beerbohm Tree, 64, English stage & screen actor, Beerbohm Tree, The Great English Actor ; Henry VIII ; Macbeth ; Trilby ; The Old Folks at Home
  • February 21 – Fred Mace, 38, American actor & comedian, What Happened to Jones, His Last Scent, A Lovers Might, The Love Comet
  • October 25 – Jack Standing, 31, English actor, With Hoops of Steel, The Curse of Eve, The Innocent Sinner, The Price of Her Soul, One Touch of Sin
  • November 5 – Howell Hansel, 46, American actor and director
  • October 13 – Florence La Badie, 29, American actress, The Man Without a Country, War and the Woman, The Woman in White, When Love was Blind
  • November 18 – Nino Oxilia, 28, Italian director, Rapsodia satanica, Blue Blood
  • March 6 – Valdemar Psilander, 32, Danish actor, Rytterstatuen, Lykken, Lydia, Klovnen, Favoriten, In Defense of a Nation, John Redmond, the Evangelist
                                     

5. Film debuts

  • Taylor Holmes – Efficiency Edgars Courtship short
  • Marjorie Rambeau – The Greater Woman
  • Ronald Colman – The Live Wire
  • John Ford – director, The Tornado short as Jack Ford
  • Mary Garden – Thais
  • Richard Dix – One of Many
  • Bela Lugosi – Az ezredes as Arisztid Olt
  • Helen Hayes – The Weavers of Life
  • May McAvoy – Hate 1917 film
  • Jackie Coogan – Skinners Baby uncredited
  • Stan Laurel – Nuts in May short as Stan Jefferson
  • Vittorio De Sica – The Clemenceau Affair
  • ZaSu Pitts – Uneasy Money short
  • Elsie Ferguson – Barbary Sheep
  • Loretta Young – The Primrose Ring uncredited
  • Buster Keaton – actor, The Butcher Boy short; writer, director, The Rough House short
  • Marion Davies – Runaway, Romany