|The Babes in the Woods|
|Directed by|| Chester M. Franklin |
|Produced by||William Fox|
|Written by||Bernard McConville|
|Based on||Hansel and Gretel by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm|
|Starring|| Francis Carpenter |
Virginia Lee Corbin
|Cinematography||Harry W. Gerstad|
|Distributed by||Fox Film|
|December 2, 1917|
The Babes in the Woods is a 1917 American silent fantasy film directed by Chester M. Franklin and Sidney Franklin and starring Francis Carpenter, Virginia Lee Corbin and Violet Radcliffe.
Babes on Broadway is a 1941 American musical film starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland and directed by Busby Berkeley, with Vincente Minnelli directing Garland's big solo numbers. The film, which features Fay Bainter and Virginia Weidler, was the third in the "Backyard Musical" series about kids who put on their own show, following Babes in Arms (1939) and Strike Up the Band (1940). Songs in the film include "Babes on Broadway" by Burton Lane (music) and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg (lyrics), and "How About You?" by Lane with lyrics by Ralph Freed, the brother of producer Arthur Freed. The movie ends with a minstrel show performed by the main cast in blackface.
Virginia Lee Corbin was an American silent film actress. Corbin began her career as a child actress in 1916, when she was billed as Baby Virginia Corbin, and went on to become a youthful flapper in the 1920s. She was one of the many silent stars that would not make it in the sound era, and retired from acting in the early 1930s.
The Oz Film Manufacturing Company was an independent film studio from 1914 to 1915. It was founded by L. Frank Baum (president), Louis F. Gottschalk, Harry Marston Haldeman (secretary), and Clarence R. Rundel (treasurer) as an offshoot of Haldeman's social group, The Uplifters, that met at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Its goal was to produce quality family-oriented entertainment in a time when children were primarily seeing violent Westerns. It was a critical but not a commercial success; even under a name change to Dramatic Feature Films, it was quickly forced to fold. The studio made only five features and five short films, of which four features and no shorts survive. Founded in 1914, it was absorbed by Metro Pictures, which evolved into Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
The Duke Steps Out is a 1929 American silent comedy-drama film directed by James Cruze and starring William Haines and Joan Crawford. The film is lost, but the Vitaphone sound discs track of music and sound effects survive in the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Gertrude Dolores Messinger was an American film actress known for her B-movie roles from the 1930s through the 1950s. She began as a child actor in silent films, but found her greatest fame in talkies of the 1930s. During her career she appeared in more than 50 motion pictures, with particular success in westerns.
Going Straight is a 1916 American silent crime drama film directed by C.M. Franklin and S.A. Franklin. The film stars Norma Talmadge and is one of the few films featuring her that still exists.
The Little Snob is a 1928 silent comedy film from Warner Bros.. Currently this is a lost film. It was released with a synchronized musical score and sound effects using the Vitaphone sound-on-disc process, however there is no spoken dialogue.
A Sister of Six is a 1916 American silent Western drama film produced by the Fine Arts Film Company and distributed by Triangle Film Corporation. The film was directed by brothers Chester M. and Sidney Franklin. This was Bessie Love's first starring role.
Treasure Island is a 1918 American silent adventure film based on the 1883 novel of the same name by Robert Louis Stevenson. This is one of many silent versions of the story and is noteworthy because it is almost entirely acted by child or teenage actors. The film was co-directed by brothers Sidney and Chester Franklin. The film is one of Fox's Sunset Kiddies productions following in the wake of previous Kiddie productions like Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp. This is a lost film.
Violet's Dreams was a series of short films written and produced by L.Frank Baum with The Oz Film Manufacturing Company in 1915 and starring Violet MacMillan. The films are not known to survive. Each film depicted MacMillan entering a different fantasy scenario, which, uncharacteristically for Baum, in spite of The Wizard of Oz , turned out to be a dream.
Let Katie Do It is a 1916 American silent film drama directed by Chester and Sidney Franklin and was produced by D. W. Griffith's Fine Arts company. It is also known as Let Katy Do It. A copy is preserved in the Library of Congress collection and UCLA Film & TV.
Ted Billings was an American character actor of the silent and sound film eras. Born in London, England on April 7, 1880, Billings made his film debut in the role of the Witch, in 1917's The Babes in the Woods, which starred Francis Carpenter and Virginia Lee Corbin as Hansel and Gretel. Over the course of his career he would appear in over 100 films, mostly in unnamed, un-credited roles.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp is a 1917 silent film fantasy directed by Chester and Sidney Franklin and produced and distributed by Fox Film Corporation.
Havoc is a 1925 American silent war drama film directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring Madge Bellamy, George O'Brien and Walter McGrail.
The Little School Ma'am is a 1916 American drama silent black and white film directed by C.M. Franklin and S.A. Franklin, and written by Bernard McConville and Frank E. Woods. It stars Dorothy Gish.
Jazzland is a 1928 American silent drama film directed by Dallas M. Fitzgerald and starring Bryant Washburn, Vera Reynolds and Carroll Nye.
±Jack and the Beanstalk is a 1917 American silent fantasy film directed by Chester Franklin and Sidney Franklin and starring Francis Carpenter, Virginia Lee Corbin and Violet Radcliffe.
Francis Carpenter (1910–1973) was an American child actor active in films of the silent era. He co-starred with Virginia Lee Corbin in several film such as Jack and the Beanstalk.
Violet Radcliffe was a child actress active during Hollywood's silent era. She appeared in several dozen films for Fine Arts, Fox, and Pathe, and was frequently cast as a villain or as a little boy. One of her best-known roles was as Dirty Face Dan in a number of serials.
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is a 1918 American silent adventure film directed by Chester M. Franklin and Sidney Franklin and starring Georgie Stone, Gertrude Messinger and Lewis Sargent.
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