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'Broken Blossoms,' Lillian Gish & Richard Barthelmess: Best Movies of the 1910s

Broken Blossoms Lillian Gish Richard Barthelmess D.W. Griffith'Broken Blossoms': Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess star in D.W. Griffith's 1919 melodrama about doomed interethnic love and dysfunctional family relationships – one of the best movies of the 1910s

BEST FILM

Broken Blossoms

The Hoodlum

The Italian

Little Pal

Old Wives for New

A Romance of the Redwoods

Sold for Marriage

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Reginald Barker
The Italian

Reginald Barker
The Wrath of the Gods

Christy Cabanne
Sold for Marriage

Cecil B. DeMille
Carmen

Cecil B. DeMille
Old Wives for New

Cecil B. DeMille
A Romance of the Redwoods

Sidney Franklin
The Hoodlum

D.W. Griffith
Broken Blossoms

James Kirkwood
Little Pal

Raymond Longford
The Sentimental Bloke

Giovanni Pastrone
Cabiria

Mauritz Stiller
Love and Journalism / Kärlek och journalistik

George Loane Tucker
Traffic in Souls

Irvin Willat
The False Faces

 

Traffic in Souls, George Loane Tucker

At the time of its release, the scandalous Traffic in Souls, one of the first feature films made in the United States, became a huge moneymaker.

This moralistic/sensationalistic melodrama about the white slave trade – immigrant women are forced into prostitution in New York City – remains watchable chiefly because of director George Loane Tucker's sure touch. Tucker became a major name in the 1910s – The Miracle Man (1919), starring Thomas Meighan, Betty Compson, and Lon Chaney was another major hit – but he had his career cut short by illness. He died in 1921 at the age of 49. Unfortunately, most of his films are now lost. (Just as unfortunately, only fragments remain from The Miracle Man.)

Traffic in Souls stars Ethel Grandin and Matt Moore, both of whom were quite popular in the 1910s. The film was released by Carl Laemmle's Universal Film Mfg. Co., which is – more or less – the same Universal that released Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Green Zone not that long ago.

Traffic in Souls (1913)
Dir.: George Loane Tucker
Scr.: Walter MacNamara
Cast: Ethel Grandin, Matt Moore, Jane Gail, William H. Turner.

BEST ACTOR

Richard Barthelmess
Broken Blossoms

George Beban
The Italian

Elliott Dexter
Old Wives for New

Elliott Dexter
A Romance of the Redwoods

Douglas Fairbanks
Reaching for the Moon

Richard Lund
Love and Journalism

Tully Marshall
The Devil's Needle

Thomas Meighan
Male and Female

Arthur Tauchert
The Sentimental Bloke

 

BEST ACTRESS

Theda Bara
A Fool There Was

Geraldine Farrar
Carmen

Pauline Frederick
The Love That Lives

Lillian Gish
Broken Blossoms

Lillian Gish
Enoch Arden

Lillian Gish
The Greatest Question

Lillian Gish
The Mothering Heart

Lillian Gish
Sold for Marriage

Mary Johnson
Sir Arne's Treasure / Herr Arnes pengar

Ossi Oswalda
I Don't Want to Be a Man / Ich möchte kein Mann sein

Mary Pickford
Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley

Mary Pickford
Heart o' the Hills

Mary Pickford
The Hoodlum

Mary Pickford
Little Pal

Mary Pickford
A Romance of the Redwoods

Mary Pickford
Tess of the Storm Country

Gloria Swanson
Male and Female

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Sylvia Ashton
Old Wives for New

Stina Berg
Love and Journalism

Josephine Crowell
The Greatest Question

Lila Lee
Male and Female

ZaSu Pitts
The Little Princess

Clarine Seymour
The Girl Who Stayed at Home

Norma Talmadge
The Devil's Needle

Florence Vidor
Old Wives for New

Clara Williams
The Italian

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Frank Bennett
Sold for Marriage

Lon Chaney
Victory

George Fawcett
The Habit of Happiness

Theodore Roberts
Old Wives for New

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

Harriet Bloch
Love and Journalism

John Emerson and Anita Loos
His Picture in the Papers

D.W. Griffith
Broken Blossoms

Thomas H. Ince and C. Gardner Sullivan
The Italian

Raymond Longford and Lottie Lyell
The Sentimental Bloke

Jeanie Macpherson
Old Wives for New

Jeanie Macpherson
A Romance of the Redwoods

Frances Marion
The Hoodlum

William E. Wing
Sold for Marriage

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

G.W. Bitzer
Broken Blossoms

G.W. Bitzer
The Greatest Question

G.W. Bitzer
Hearts of the World

H. Lyman Broening
Snow White

Victor Fleming and Harry Thorpe
The Man from Painted Post

Eugene Gaudio
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

René Guissart
Victory

George Hill
Polly of the Circus

Charles Rosher
Daddy Long Legs

Charles Rosher
Heart o' the Hills

Walter Stradling
The Little Princess

Walter Stradling
Stella Maris

Alvin Wyckoff
Joan the Woman

Alvin Wyckoff
Male and Female

Alvin Wyckoff
Old Wives for New

Alvyn Wyckoff
A Romance of the Redwoods

Alvin Wyckoff and Charles Edgar Schoenbaum
The Woman God Forgot

 

BEST MUSIC

Louis F. Gottschalk
Broken Blossoms

 

BEST SHORT FILM

The Battle at Elderbush Gulch
director: D.W. Griffith; screenplay: D.W. Griffith and Henry Albert Phillips

By Man's Law
director: Christy Cabanne; screenplay: William E. Wing

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Photo of Richard Barthelmess and Lillian Gish in Broken Blossoms, directed by D.W. Griffith: Griffith / United Artists.

         
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