American Feature Films of 1918

What This Page Contains

On this page you will find a table listing all 33 American silent feature films of 1918 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.

Highlights of Our List of 1918 Online Films

1918’s big news was that Rudolph Valentino appeared in his first starring roles, and all three of his films for this year can be seen on YouTube: A Society Sensation, All Night, and The Married Virgin. It was also in 1918 that Mabel Normand made her first full-length films, which are represented on our list by The Floor Below and Mickey, and Gloria Swanson starred for the first time, in the mostly-lost Station Content.

Representative westerns of 1918 continue to portray the frontier as a stark and forbidding place. In addition to two films by William S. Hart, our list includes Lady of the Dugout, the only time real-life outlaw (and self-promoter) Al Jennings got to play a starring role.

1918 also saw the first production of a Tarzan film, Tarzan of the Apes, starring the physically-impressive Elmo Lincoln. Other highlights of our list include: The Craving, an early feature film addressing alcoholism; The Forbidden City, in which Norma Talmadge plays a pregnant, yet unmarried, Chinese princess; and Among the Cannibal Islands of the South Seas, a real-life documentary produced by the husband-and-wife team of Martin and Osa Johnson, who, the IMDB tells us, travelled 18,000 miles to film never-before-seen tribes.

Want to See American Feature Films from Other Years?

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

1918 Statistics (per the Library of Congress database):

Number of Features Released: 836
Number Extant (complete and incomplete): 178
Number Completely Lost: 658

1918 American Feature Films Available for Viewing Online

 Title# ReelsDirectorStarsGenreYoutube
Link
Comments
All Night5Paul PowellCarmel Myers,
Rudolph Valentino
ComedylinkFilm needs a bit of restoration.
Amarilly of Clothes Line5Marshall NeilanMary Pickford,
Norman Kerry
ComedyLinkNo music.
Among the Cannibal Islands of the South Pacificn/aMartin E. JohnsonMartin E. Johnson,
Osa Johnson
DocumentaryLinkOnly 16 minutes of full-length of film. The history of the film is complex: TCM.
Beloved Blackmailer, The5Dell HendersonCarlyle Blackwell,
Corrine Norris
ComedyLinkNo music.
Birth of a Race, The10John W. NobleBen Hendricks, Sr.,
John Reinhardt
DramaLinkNo music.
Blue Bird, The6Maurice TourneurTula Belle,
Robin Macdougall
FantasyLink I
Link II
Link I: traditional, mostly piano accompaniment.
Link II: contemporary-style soundtrack.
Blue Blazes Rawden5William S. HartWilliam S. Hart,
Maude George
WesternLink
Craving, The5Francis Ford,
John Ford
Francis Ford,
Mae Gaston
DramaLinkNo music; intertitles in Dutch only.
Floor Below, The6Clarence C. BadgerMabel Normand,
Tom Moore
ComedyLinkNo music; intertitles in Dutch only.
Forbidden City, The6Sidney FranklinNorma Talmadge,
Thomas Meighan
DramaLink
Ghost of Rosy Taylor, The5Edward SlomanMary Miles MinterDramaLinkNo music.
He Comes Up Smiling5Allan DwanDouglas Fairbanks,
Marjorie Daw
ComedyLinkOnly surviving footage of film (about 11 minutes).
Hearts of the World13D.W. GriffithLillian Gish,
Dorothy Gish,
Robert Harron
Drama, WarLink I
Link II
Link I: with mixed soundtrack of period music, video quality mediocre.
Link II: no music, a bit better picture quality.
Hell Bent6John FordHarey Carey,
Neva Gerber
WesternLinkIntertitles in German with English subtitles.
His Birthright5William WorthingtonSessue HayakawaDramaLinkNo music; intertitles in Dutch.
Johanna Enlists5William Desmond TaylorMary Pickford,
Monte Blue
ComedyLinkNo music.
Lady of the Dugout, The6W.S. Van DykeAl J. Jennings,
Frank Jennings,
Corrine Grant
WesternLink
Little Miss Hoover5James S. RobinsonMarguerite ClarkComedyLinkNo music.
Married Virgin, The6Joseph MaxwellVera Sisson,
Rudolph Valentino
DramaLink I
Link II
Link I: classical accompaniment.
Link II: traditional organ accompaniment.
Mickey7F. Richard Jones,
James Young
Mabel Normand,
George Nichols,
Laura La Varnie
ComedyLink I
Link II
Link III
Link I: traditional organ accompaniment.
Link II: classical soundtrack.
Link III: contemporary-style score.
My Cousin5Edward JoséEnrico CarusoComedyLink
My Four Years in Germany10William NighHalbert BrownWar, DramaLink
Old Wives for New6Cecil B. DeMilleElliot Dexter,
Florence Vidor
DramaLink
Pair of Silk Stockings, A5Walter EdwardsConstance Talmadge,
Harrison Ford
ComedyLink
Riddle Gawne5William S. HartWilliam S. Hart,
Katherine MacDonald,
Lon Chaney
WesternLinkOnly one reel survives, according to IMDB. Link is to archive.org. Surviving footage includes William S. Hart and Lon Chaney footage. No music.
Shifting Sands5Albert ParkerGloria Swanson,
Joe King
DramaLink I
Link II
Link I: with music, but with ads.
Link II: no music or ads.
Society Sensation, A5Edmund MortimerCarmel Myers,
Rudolph Valentino
ComedyLinkThis is the re-released 1924 version, cut to 24-minute short length.
Station Content5Arthur HoytGloria SwansonDramaLinkOnly surviving footage of this film is this 13-minute abridged version.
Stella Maris6Marshall NeilanMary Pickford,
Conway Tearle
DramaLink I
Link II
Link I: piano score by Keith Taylor.
Link II: classical soundtrack.
Tarzan of the Apes10Scott SidneyElmo Lincoln,
Enid Markey
AdventureLink I
Link II
Alternate period scores. Link II has better general film quality, but aspect ratio is slightly off (too narrow).
Unbeliever, The7Alan CroslandMarguerite Courtot,
Raymond McKee
Drama, WarLinkNo music.
Under Four Flags7S.L. RothafelArmando Diaz,
Ferdinand Foch,
Douglas Haig,
John J. Pershing
Documentary, WarLinkOnly 25 minutes of this feature film known to exist.
Whispering Chorus, The7Cecil B. DeMilleRaymond Hatton,
Kathlyn Williams
DramaLink I
Link II
Link I: with music, but with Russian voice-over translation of intertitles.
Link II: no music.

American Feature Films of 1918 Commercially Available,
But Not Yet Uploaded Online

The goal is to get the films listed below uploaded to YouTube. All of these films are in the public domain. However, any musical accompaniment is likely not in the public domain, and may be flagged by YouTube; consequently, you may wish to upload them without any soundtrack (or add your own).

 TitleDirectorStarsBuy FromNotes
Betty Takes a HandJohn Francis DillonOlive ThomasSHOFSHOF #160
Broadway LoveIda May ParkDorothy PhillipsOldies.comIncluded in DVD set "Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers".
Dream Lady, TheElsie Jane WilsonCarmel MyersOldies.comIncluded in DVD set "Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers".
Eyes of Julia Deep, TheLloyd IngrahamMary Miles Minter,
Allan Forrest
Oldies.comIncluded with "A Child of the Paris Streets".
Gun Woman, TheFrank BorzageTexas Guinan,
Ed Brady
Oldies.comIncluded in "The Texas Guinan Collection".
Little Orphant AnnieColin CampbellColleen MooreGrapevine
Oldies.com
Safety Curtain, TheSidney FranklinNorma Talmadge,
Eugene O'Brien
SHOFSHOF #46