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  • Iola's promise


  • Iola, an Indian girl, is held captive by a gang of cutthroats. She is rescued by Jack Harper, a prospector. In gratitude, she promises to help him to find gold, and, when his fiancee is about to be burned at the stake by her own tribe, she repays him by sacrificing her own life.


  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction
  • Taylor, Belle, writing
  • Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera
  • Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979, cast
  • Paget, Alfred, 1880-1925, cast
  • Bernard, Dorothy, 1890-1955, cast
  • Opperman, Frank, 1861-1922, cast
  • Toncray, Kate, 1880-1927, cast
  • Carroll, William, 1876-1928, cast
  • Lehrman, Henry, 1886-1946, cast
  • Mailes, Charles H. (Charles Hill), 1870-1937, cast
  • Butler, William J., 1860-1927, cast
  • Moreno, Antonio, 1887-1967, cast
  • Gorman, Charles, 1865-1928, cast
  • Bruce, Kate, 1858-1946, cast
  • Lañoe, J. J. (Joseph Jiquel), 1875- cast
  • West, Charles H., 1885-1943, cast
  • Hyde, Harry, cast
  • Harron, Robert, 1894-1920, cast
  • Evans, Frank (Actor) cast
  • Biograph Company
  • General Film Company
  • Pickford (Mary) Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : General Film Company, 1912.


  • -  Promises--Drama
  • -  Gratitude--Drama
  • -  Self-sacrifice--Drama


  • Melodramas (Motion pictures)
  • Western films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  J167112 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 11Mar1912; J167112.
  • -  Camera, G.W. Bitzer.
  • -  Mary Pickford, Alfred Paget, Dorothy Bernard, Frank Opperman, Kate Toncray, William Carroll, Henry Lehrman, Charles Hill Mailes, William J. Butler, Antonio Moreno, Charles Gorman, Kate Bruce, J. Jiquel Lanoe, Charles H. West, Harry Hyde, Robert Harron, Frank Evans.
  • -  Biograph production no. 3928.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2533) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Filmed in California, around January of 1912.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 164; The Griffith project, v. 6, p. 11-14; Biograph production logs, v. 2, p. 148; Internet movie database WWW site, viewed December 7, 2015.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • 1 video file (digital, MPEG-4) (ca. 14 min.) : si., b&w.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (541 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print (copy 2) 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 500 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 500 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic (copy 2) 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 500 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 1,100 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5870 (viewing print)
  • FBC 7609 (viewing print, copy 2)
  • FRA 6433 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 7373 (dupe neg pic, copy 2)
  • Box 0512A (paper pos)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2014600155

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Taylor, Belle, Writing, G. W Bitzer, Mary Pickford, Alfred Paget, Dorothy Bernard, Frank Opperman, Kate Toncray, et al. Iola's Promise. directeds by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: General Film Company, 1912. Video.

APA citation style:

Taylor, B., Bitzer, G. W., Pickford, M., Paget, A., Bernard, D., Opperman, F. [...] Paper Print Collection. (1912) Iola's Promise. Griffith, D. W., dir United States: General Film Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Taylor, Belle, Writing, et al. Iola's Promise. dir by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: General Film Company, 1912. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.