American Feature Films of 1912

What This Page Contains.

On this page you will find a list of all 4 American silent feature films of 1912 that can be viewed online, mostly on YouTube. For each film on the list, you will find a link to the best online version of the film.

1912: The First American Feature Films.

Inspired by several European feature-length blockbusters, American studios hesitantly began to test the waters of producing and releasing feature length films – defined as 4 reels or longer – in 1912.

[Go to American Feature Films of: 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931]

1912 Statistics (from the Library of Congress database):

Number of feature-length movies released: 9
Number extant: 7
Number lost: 2

American Feature Films of 1912 Available for Viewing on YouTube

 Title# ReelsDirectorStarsGenreYoutube
Adventures of Lieutenant
Petrosino, The
4Sidney M. GoldinDramaLinkNo music;
intertitles in Dutch
Cleopatra6Charles L. GastrillHelen GardnerHistorical DramaLink
From the Manger to the Cross,
aka Jesus of Nazareth
5Sidney OlcattRobert Henderson-BlandBiblical DramaLink
Richard III5André Calmettes,
James Keane
Frederick WardeShakespearean DramaLink