1919 Timelines: 1910 to 1919

In Hollywood fifteen cameramen found “The American Society of Cinematographers”.


Feeling that distributors are taking too much of their money, D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks join forces and form their own distributing company called “United Artists Corporation”. Each will produce their own films that will then be distributed by this new joint enterprise.


Significant Films:

“Daddy Long Legs” is the first film released by the new Mary Pickford Corporation.

“Blind Husbands” is released by Universal. It is the first film to be written and directed by Erich von Stroheim.

“His Majesty, The American” is the first film to be released by United Artists. The film stars Douglas Fairbanks.

“The Miracle Man”, starring Lon Chaney, is released. Chaney causes a sensation with the grotesque makeup he devised for the part.


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