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  • Ghosts


  • A tragedy in which the sins of a father are visited upon his children as revealed in the story of a young man who unknowingly falls in love with his half-sister. When the family doctor, who knows of the father's sordid past, stops the wedding, the son descends into alcoholism, madness and finally, suicide.


  • Nicholls, George, Jr., 1897-1939, direction
  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, production
  • Smith, Russell E., writing
  • Walthall, Henry B. (Henry Brazeale), 1878-1936, cast
  • Alden, Mary, cast
  • Blake, Loretta, cast
  • Filson, Al, 1857-1925, cast
  • Ibsen, Henrik, 1828-1906
  • Majestic Motion Picture Company
  • Mutual Film Corporation
  • AFI/Yale University Collection (Library of Congress)
  • AFI/Killiam (Paul) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Mutual Film Corp., 1915.


  • -  Dysfunctional families--Drama
  • -  Fathers and sons--Drama
  • -  Neurosyphilis--Drama
  • -  Alcoholism--Drama
  • -  Mental illness--Drama
  • -  Suicide--Drama


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


  • -  Copyright: no reg.
  • -  Henry Walthall, Mary Alden, Loretta Blake, Juanita Archer, Al Filson.
  • -  Incomplete: according to card in M/B/RS Film & Television catalog, LC copies are incomplete at about 39 minutes long. Master pos pic also has scenes out of order.
  • -  Secondary sources give the original reel count as five reels, but do not give the original running time or footage. Grapevine Video online catalog gives the running time as 49 minutes.
  • -  A Majestic Master Picture; a Mutual Master Picture.
  • -  Based on the play, Ghosts, by Henrik Ibsen.
  • -  Sources used: American Film Institute catalog, feature films, 1911-1920, p. 319-320; Internet movie database WWW site, viewed December 2, 2015; Motography, June 5, 1915, p. 923-924 viewed online December 2, 2015 via the Internet Archive WWW site; Motion picture news, May 29, 1915, p. 67 viewed online December 2, 2015 via Media History Digital Archive; Grapevine Video online catalog, viewed December 2, 2015; Variety, June 11, 1916, p. 19 viewed online December 2, 2015 via Variety Archives WWW site.
  • -  16 mm dupe neg renumbered: FRA 7717-7718 to FSA 9584-9585.


  • 2 video files (digital, MPEG-4) (ca.39 min.) : si., b&w.
  • viewing print 5 film reels of 5 on 2 (inc.) (1,400 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 5 film reels of 5 on 2 (inc.) (1,400 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • master pos pic 4 film reels of 5 (r1-4, inc.) (3,572 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FBA 8569-8570 (viewing print)
  • FSA 9584-9585 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPA 5101-5104 (master pos pic)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 91789743

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Smith, Russell E., Writing, Henry B Walthall, Mary Alden, Loretta Blake, Al Filson, Henrik Ibsen, Majestic Motion Picture Company, Mutual Film Corporation, Afi/Yale University Collection, and Afi/Killiam. Ghosts. directeds by Nicholls, George, Jr., Ection, produceds by Griffith, D. W. , Uction United States: Mutual Film Corp, 1915. Video.

APA citation style:

Smith, R. E., Walthall, H. B., Alden, M., Blake, L., Filson, A., Ibsen, H. [...] Afi/Killiam. (1915) Ghosts. Nicholls, G., dir, Griffith, D. W., prod United States: Mutual Film Corp. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Smith, Russell E., Writing, et al. Ghosts. dir by Nicholls, George, Jr., Ection, prod by Griffith, D. W. , Uction United States: Mutual Film Corp, 1915. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.