Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Lost Films

This is a list of lost films and partially lost films. The list will be slowly populated as time goes by. Your suggestions are always welcome in the comments section, but I will take my time over this so please be patient.
 
 
1905
 
Burglar Bill and How He Lost His Tooth by Mistake
 
Nothing seems to exist except a frame or two from the opening titles.
 
 
1917
 
 
Fragments exist, possibly of a costume test or screen test featuring Theda Bara. A reconstruction, made from still photographs was created and shown in 2017. So far it has never been released publicly.
 
 
1919
 
The Miracle Man
 
Only the two segments that were used in Paramount's 'Movie Milestone' series and the 1931 compilation film 'The House That Shadows Built' have survived. The film featured Lon Chaney and Betty Compson
 
 
1921
 
The Queen of Sheba
 
Almost certainly lost in the 1937 New Jersey vault fire. In 2011 a 17-second fragment was discovered. The film starred Betty Blythe ands Fritz Leiber.
 
 
1922
 
A Blind Bargain
 
Completely lost when the last remaining print was destroyed in the 1965 MGM vault fire. The film starred Lon Chaney and Raymond McKee. 
 
 
1924
 
So Big
 
Studio stills, posters and magazine ads exist. A silent drama feature starring Colleen Moore


1926

The American Venus


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Two trailers exist and in 2018 three seconds of a disgarded part of the film was discovered by the British Film Institute featuring Louise Brooks.. This film included at least two sequences that were shot in two-strip Technicolor.


The Great Gatsby














A trailer, studio stills and lobby cards exist.


1927

The Battle of the Century (Short)

This Laurel and Hardy short has been slowly found by degrees over the years. The latest find was in 2014 when a complete second reel was discovered. Parts of the first reel are still lost.


Hats Off (Short)

The only Laurel and Hardy film to be completely lost. Some studio stills exist.



Completely lost when the last remaining print was destroyed in the 1965 MGM vault fire. Studio stills and a complete original script survive. A reconstruction, made using the original script and still photographs was created and released in 2002 by TCM. There are mutterings of a copy being held in Spain or Argentina, but so far nothing has come of it. The film starred Lon Chaney and Marceline Day.
 
 
The Way of All Flesh
 
Two fragments survive from the last reel of the film. Emil Jannings won the very first 'Best Actor' Academy Award for his role in this film and for the film 'The Last Command'.


1928

The Divine Woman

Only one reel from the film is known to exist. It runs nine minutes and was discovered in 1993. The complete print was destroyed in the 1965 MGM vault fire. The film starred Greta Garbo.


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Studio stills exist. A feature comedy starring Ruth Taylor and Alice White.


Red Hair


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A black and white silent starring Clara Bow with a short segment shot in Technicolor. This Technicolor sequence is the only part of the film that survives today.


1929

Close Harmony
 
A feature-length soundtrack exists as well as a 20min edit of the film. 


Gold Diggers of Broadway

A Technicolour feature with accompanying Vitaphone soundtrack disks. Thought completely lost until 1986. The sountrack has survived intact. Most of the final two reels of this 10-reel film exist along with several short clips from other parts of the film. The film starred Nancy Welford, Conway Tearle, Winnie Lightner and Ann Pennington and also featured Albert Gran.
 
 
New Orleans

The Vitaphone soundtrack exists with music only.


Words and Music

A first credited role for John Wayne (credited as Duke Morrison) and for Ward Bond. Unfortunately this appears to be lost. Studio stills exist.


1930


The sound version of this John Ford film is lost, but a silent version with an added score exists. The film stars Kenneth MacKenna and Frank Albertson.


The Rogue Song

Much of the film survives with different pieces in different archives. The most recent discovery of footage was in 1998.


Troopers Three

The feature-length version of Troopers Three is lost. There is a 22min version which is in a poor state.
 
 



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