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Film, Video The faded lilies Variant title from The Griffith project, v. 2: Faded lillies

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  • The faded lilies

Other Title

  • Variant title from The Griffith project, v. 2: Faded lillies


  • "Francois, a hunchback violinist, performs at a society party and is given a bouquet of lilies by a young woman in appreciation. He takes the gift a sign of love, and when he realizes his mistake, he loses his mind. A doctor treating him persuades the young lady to pretend an affection for him. But when the recovering musician discovers the deception, he stops taking his medicine and dies, grasping the faded lilies"--The Griffith project, v. 2.


  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction
  • Marvin, Arthur W., 1861-1911, camera
  • Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera
  • Miles, David, 1871-1915, cast
  • Kirkwood, James, 1875-1963, cast
  • O'Sullivan, Tony, -1920, cast
  • Mailes, Charles H. (Charles Hill), 1870-1937, cast
  • Moore, Owen, 1886-1939, cast
  • Powell, Frank E., 1877- cast
  • Quirk, Billy, 1873-1926, cast
  • Sennett, Mack, 1880-1960, cast
  • Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979, cast
  • Egan, Gladys, cast
  • Prior, Herbert, 1867-1954, cast
  • Biograph Company
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Biograph Co., 1909.


  • -  Unrequited love--Drama
  • -  Truthfulness and falsehood--Drama
  • -  Suicide--Drama
  • -  Kyphosis--Patients--Drama


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


  • -  H128253 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 12June1909; H128253.
  • -  David Miles, James Kirkwood, Anthony O'Sullivan, Charles Hill Mailes, Owen Moore, Frank Powell, William A. Quirk, Mack Sennett, Mary Pickford, Gladys Egan, Herbert Prior.
  • -  Camera, Arthur Marvin, G.W. Bitzer.
  • -  According to Early motion pictures, Herbert Yost and Jeanie Mcpherson also appear in the cast, however, they are not in the cast list in the Griffith project, v. 2.
  • -  Photographed May 15 through May 26, 1909 in the Biograph studio in New York City.
  • -  Biograph production no. 3582.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2388) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Originally released as part of a split reel with Her first biscuits.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 95-96; The Griffith project, v. 2, program sequence no. 151; Biograph bulletins, 1908-1912, p. 99; Christel Schmidt's The Search for a Film Legacy: Mary Pickford (1909-1933) WWW site, viewed April 6, 2015.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (175 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (175 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 500 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 500 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5365 (viewing print)
  • FRA 2279 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0310A (paper pos)
  • Box 5291A (paper pos, copy 2)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2015600156

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Marvin, Arthur W., Camera, G. W Bitzer, David Miles, James Kirkwood, Tony O'Sullivan, Charles H Mailes, Owen Moore, et al. The Faded Lilies. directeds by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video.

APA citation style:

Marvin, A. W., Bitzer, G. W., Miles, D., Kirkwood, J., O'Sullivan, T., Mailes, C. H. [...] Paper Print Collection. (1909) The Faded Lilies. Griffith, D. W., dir United States: Biograph Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Marvin, Arthur W., Camera, et al. The Faded Lilies. dir by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.