• Film, Video
    A frontier flirtation
    Frontier flirtation, or how the tenderfoot won out | How the tenderfoot won out
    Opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of a forest or garden. On a park bench center stage sits a well-dressed woman with a dark veil obscuring her face, holding an open parasol overhead and a closed fan in her lap. A mustached cowboy enters, dressed in fringed chaps, boots, Western hat, neck kerchief, and pistol belt. When he spies the woman, he ...
    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video
    The dinosaur and the missing link, a prehistoric tragedy
    Prehistoric tragedy | Dinosaur and the missing link | Dinosaur and the baboon
    Uses clay animation to tell a story of prehistoric times. Three suitors, named the Duke, Stonejaw Steve, and Theophilus Ivoryhead, compete for the hand of Miss Araminta Rockface. Ivoryhead, an unassuming weakling, wins her hand when the others mistakenly believe that he has killed a large ape which was actually felled by a dinosaur.
    • Contributor: O'brien, Willis - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - K.E.S.E. (Firm) - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1917
  • Film, Video
    Love in a hammock
    Love in a hammok
    From Edison films catalog: A happy young couple are seated in a hammock under an old oak tree, ardently making love and evidently totally oblivious to all that is taking place about them. Two bad boys suddenly appear upon the scene, and one of them climbs into the tree while the other keeps watch. The urchin in the tree scrambles out on an overhanging ...
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video
    Maude's naughty little brother
    Maud's naughty little brother, or Wouldn't it jar you? | Wouldn't it jar you?
    From Edison films catalog: In a charming dining room a very attractive young lady is seen seated at the table, evidently waiting for the caller who is to share a quiet little dinner for two. A moment later a dude of the regular chappy type enters and seats himself at the table. As soon as the meal commences the inevitable wicked small boy sneaks ...
    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    The serenaders Opens on a stage set of a two-story brick building. Two street serenaders in rather shabby clothes stand outside the building, one playing a trombone and the other what appears to be a clarinet. A young woman appears in the upstairs window and looks down smiling on the two suitors. She soon favors and encourages the trombonist by throwing kisses and clutching her chest, ...
    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video
    The Matinee girl / Catalog Record Only Vera, a stage-struck young woman, coquettishly asks dancing star Stuart Harcourt to help her obtain a stage career; Stuart offers his assistance and his passionate advances to Vera in his dressing room, but is cut short when his wife, whose existence was unknown to Vera, appears at the theater. Later, at home, Vera gets her revenge by giving Harcourt's autographed photograph to her black ...
    • Date: 1918
  • Film, Video
    It's a wild life / Catalog Record Only A penniless Harold tries to court his sweetheart at the Gilded Guzzle Cafe where he contends with the young woman's mother, gluttonous diners, thieving musicians, two other suitors and messy food.
    • Date: 1918
  • Film, Video
    Cy Whittaker's ward / Catalog Record Only A retired sea captain returns home to a New England sea coast village where he adopts a homeless little girl and fights to retain custody of her, struggles against the corrupt local political machine, and decides to marry the young school teacher.
    • Date: 1917
  • Film, Video
    Barriers of society / Catalog Record Only A wealthy girl is stranded on a rock and a poor fisherman's son rescues her. They meet again when he is working as a crew member on a yacht. She is on board with her suitor who arranges a fake ship wreck, so that he may be alone with her on a deserted island. The sailor discovers the plot and follws them to the ...
    • Contributor: Carleton, Lloyd - Myton, Fred - Davenport, Dorothy - Johnson, Emory - Irvine, Clarke - Red Feather Photo-Plays (Firm) - Universal Film Manufacturing Company - Public Archives of Canada/Dawson City Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1916
  • Film, Video
    The Hunting of the Hawk / Catalog Record Only Robert Desselway , thought to be a gentleman of leisure, falls in love with Diana Curson, Mrs. Van Ralston's social secretary, on their return voyage from Europe. Diana, however, flatly refuses Robert's marriage proposal because she is secretly married to notorious criminal Edwin Wrenshaw, the Hawk. In a past counterfeiting scheme, Edwin had deceived her and her father into believing that he was a ...
    • Date: 1917
  • Film, Video
    The Madcap / Catalog Record Only The daring Flora Fairbanks and artist John Markham fall in love but the jealous Countess Olga Tcherny plots to drive them apart. Olga's presentation of a play she wrote which distorts Flora and John's time together in France backfires. Olga is ostracized from New York society and John and Flora are reunited.
    • Date: 1916
  • Film, Video
    Soap / Catalog Record Only Billy McDonald, a struggling young artist, and Patsy Peters, an actress who is the daughter of a wealthy soap manufacturer, want to marry, but the artist's rich, old uncle objects to his nephew marrying an actress. In a scheme to win over the uncle, the young woman poses as a Quaker; the old uncle falls in love with her, and he gives her what ...
    • Date: 1916
  • Film, Video
    The villain foiled / Catalog Record Only Hector Durant, an unsuccessful suitor of Miss Page, gets Harry, his rival for her affection, drunk so as to win her away from him. The intended victim's friends thwart the villain's plans by making it appear that Harryhas attempted suicide because of her rejection. This so impresses her that she consents to an immediate marriage to him by the minister they have called in.
    • Contributor: Sennett, Mack - Lehrman, Henry - Dillon, Edward - Prescott, Vivian - Biograph Company - General Film Company - Afi/Foley (Ed) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1911
  • Film, Video
    The Man-eater / Catalog Record Only A coquette kisses her soldier fiancé goodbye and then consoles herself at a picnic by flirting with all of her friends' husbands and fiancés.
    • Date: 1918
  • Film, Video
    A Duke for a day / Catalog Record Only Young Benny Barlow seeks employment in a wall paper and paint shop in order to court the daughter, Jessie Wallace, of its owner. Benny is mistakenly identified as the Duke of Dalhousie and is feted by society, employing his former rival at the paper shop, Hank, as his secretary. Jessie is uninterested in Benny as a duke, but all goes well when the mistake ...
    • Date: 1917
  • Film, Video
    Mary / Catalog Record Only Mary falls in love with an artist and then learns that he had broken his engagement to a neighbor of hers owing to a misunderstanding relating to an intercepted letter. Mary retrieves the letter and shows it to Laura, the ex-fiancée, to impress her that the artist had intended to apologize for their silly quarrel. Mary sacrifices her own love even further by deliberately ...
    • Date: 1915
  • Film, Video
    What is the use of repining? / Catalog Record Only Widow grieves for quite a while after her husband dies, insisting her daughter do likewise. Feeling this may hamper his future plans, the daughter's beau decides upon a plan to help the widow.
    • Contributor: Henderson, Dell - Dillon, Edward - Biograph Company - General Film Company - Public Archives of Canada/Dawson City Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1913
  • Film, Video
    Polly of the circus / Catalog Record Only Polly, a young circus equestrienne, is injured in a riding accident. She is left behind by the circus to recuperate in the home of the local minister, Rev. John Douglas. She and the minister fall in love, causing quite a scandal in the small town. Polly is especially resented by Deacon Strong and his jealous daughter, Julia. A year passes and the circus is ...
    • Date: 1917
  • Film, Video
    The Girls of Grassville / Catalog Record Only Tom Carver is returning to Grassville after eight years, taking his four pals for a visit. The boys decide to pull a prank on Tom's old sweetheart, Rose, and her four friends. They write five identical letters proposing marriage, sign Tom's name to all of them, and send one to each girl. Of course the girls see through the plot immediately and turn the ...
    • Date: 1912
  • Film, Video
    A Soul for sale / Catalog Record Only After Mr. Pendleton's death, Niela Pendleton and her mother are left with very little income. Unfortunately, Mrs. Pendleton is a selfish, greedy spendthrift. She runs up bills and gambling debts and even implicates her daughter in a forgery to satisfy her craving for expensive jewelry. Mrs. Pendleton's solution to her financial problems is to force Niela to marry the lecherous, old millionare, Hale Faxon, ...
    • Date: 1918
  • Film, Video
    Histoire d'un Pierrot = Pierrot the prodigal / Catalog Record Only Pierrot courts and marries Louisette; she deserts him when a former rival for her affections pushes Pierrot into a life of dissipation. After six years and with the aid of his fatherly good friend, Pochinet, Pierrot is reunited with his wife and young son.
    • Date: 1913
  • Film, Video
    The Star / Catalog Record Only Despite her fame and popularity as a dancer, Pauline Deverau is giving it up for a career as an actress. Clarence Inbad, one of her most ardent fans, attends her last dance performance. He becomes so enamored of Pauline that he attempts to force his way backstage to meet her. He is thrown out. Sometime later, to prepare for a dramatic role, Pauline takes ...
    • Date: 1913
  • Film, Video
    Joe Harkin's ward / Catalog Record Only Joe Harkin, a young gold miner whose partner is killed, adopts his four-year-old orphan daughter. She lives with him for several years, making his house a home. When he strikes it rich, he sends her away to school in the city, where he also goes to live. She grows up to be a beautiful woman and they fall in love and marry.
    • Date: 1915
  • Film, Video
    Sunday / Catalog Record Only Sunday, an orphan girl who was raised by lumberjacks, has blossomed into young womanhood and is told she will be sent to a convent school. Unhappy with this news, she tells her story to Arthur Brinthorpe who offers to take her to England with him. When she discovers that he does not intend to marry her, a struggle ensues and Arthur is killed by ...
    • Date: 1915
  • Film, Video
    Alkali Ike in Jayville / Catalog Record Only At the doctor's suggestion, Alkali Ike and his brother, Mr. Dicks, play a game of checkers to win the hand of the widow Towle. While they are playing, she marries the doctor.
    • Date: 1913