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This is a list of rediscovered films that, once thought lost, have since been discovered in film archives or private collections.


Silent era

Many films of the silent era have been lost.[1]


Pre 1910

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1896 Defense d’afficher Georges Méliès Georges Méliès,
1897 X-Rays George Albert Smith
1899 Cléopâtre Georges Méliès Georges Méliès, Jeanne d'Alcy Thought to be lost until a copy surfaced in 2005 in Paris
1902 Le Voyage dans la Lune Georges Méliès Georges Méliès, Jeanne d'Alcy Animated hand-colored ending discovered in a barn in France.
1909 El Hotel eléctrico Segundo de Chomón Segundo de Chomón, Julienne Mathieu
1909 La Tosca André Calmettes and Charles Le Bargy Sarah Bernhardt
1909 Jephtah’s Daughter: A Biblical Tragedy


Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1910 Frankenstein J. Searle Dawley Charles Ogle A print was bought by a film collector in the 1950s, who was not aware of its rarity until decades later. [2]
1911 A Manly Man Thomas H. Ince
1911 At the Duke's Command Thomas H. Ince
1911 The Colleen Bawn
1911 Karađorđe Ilija Stanojević-Čiča The first Serbian feature film, thought lost since 1928. Material from this movie was found in Austrian Film Archives in 2003.
1911 The Mirror Thomas H. Ince
1911 Maid or Man Thomas H. Ince
1911 The Sultan's Garden Thomas H. Ince
1912 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Lucius Henderson
1912 A Fool and His Money Alice Guy-Blaché
1912 In Nacht Und Eis Mime Misu The first Titanic movie, was presumed lost around 1914 but found in a private film library in Germany in 1998.
1912 Under Two Flags
1912 Richard III André Calmettes, James Keane Robert Gemp, Frederick Warde The first known full-length William Shakespeare film. Found in a projectionist's collection in 1996. [3]
1913 Poor Jake's Demise Allen Curtis Lon Chaney, Sr., Louise Fazenda Chaney's first credited role. Was discovered in 2007 among several hundred other reels of film in a collection in England.
1913 The Prisoner of Zenda Edwin S. Porter
1914 Cruel, Cruel Love Charlie Chaplin, Minta Durfee Complete nitrate copy found in South America.
1914 Der Hund von Baskerville (The Hound of the Baskervilles) Rudolf Meinert
1914 Salomy Jane William Nigh, Lucius Henderson Beatriz Michelena, House Peters Complete nitrate copy found in Australia in 1996. [4]
1915 Double Trouble William Christy Cabanne
1915 His Lordship's Dilemma W.C. Fields Found in a Belgian film archive
1915 Peculiar Patients' Pranks Hal Roach Harold Lloyd Found in Australia's National Film and Sound Archive.
1915 Youth Harry Handworth
1916 East Lynne Bertram Bracken Theda Bara One of Bara's four surviving films. [5]
1916 Mysteriet natten tell den 25:e Georg al Klercker
1916 Als ich tot war Ernst Lubitsch Found in 1994 in a Slovenian archive.
1916 Purity Rea Burger
1916 Snow White Inspired Walt Disney into making films.
1916 Zepped Charlie Chaplin A propaganda short film found in 2009
1917 Beatrice Fairfax Olive Thomas
1917 Bucking Broadway John Ford Found in 2002 in a French archive.
1917 His Wedding Night Roscoe Arbuckle
1917 The Image Maker Eugene Moore
1917 Max and His Taxi
1917 Max Comes Across
1917 Max Wants a Divorce
1917 A Reckless Romeo Roscoe Arbuckle Roscoe Arbuckle Found in an unmarked canister in The Norwegian Film Institute in 1998, alongside The Cook.
1917 The Rough House Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton
1917 Venus of the South Seas Annette Kellerman
1918 The Cook Roscoe Arbuckle Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton Found in an unmarked canister in The Norwegian Film Institute in 1998, alongside A Reckless Romeo.
1918 Hell Bent John Ford A print of the film exists in the Czechoslovak Film Archive [6]
1918 Oh Baby!
1919 Back Stage Roscoe Arbuckle
1919 Scarlet Days D. W. Griffith
1919 The Spiders Fritz Lang Restored in 1978 from a newly discovered original print.
1919 When Bearcat Went Dry Lon Chaney, Sr. Found in a projectionist's collection.
1919 The Wicked Darling Tod Browning Lon Chaney, Sr. A copy was found in Europe in the 1990s and now resides in the Nederlands Filmmuseum. [7]


Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1920 Der Wildtöter und Chingachgook Arthur Wellin Bela Lugosi Recovered in the 1990's.
1920 Genuine Robert Wiene Complete copy was discovered in the Berlin film archive.
1920 If I were King J. Gordon Edwards
1920 In the Days of St. Patrick Norman Whitten
1920 Within Our Gates Oscar Micheaux Found in Spain translated as La Negra.
1920 Helen of Four Gates Cecil Hepworth Found in a film vault in Quebec, Canada in 2008. [8]
1921 The Blue Fox Duke Worne
1921 Der Tanz auf dem Vulkan Richard Eichberg Bela Lugosi Found in a film archive in the 1990's in its American release version.
1921 Molly O Mabel Normand
1922 Beyond the Rocks Sam Wood Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino [9]
1922 Little Red Riding Hood One of the first theatrical animated cartoons from Walt Disney
1922 Phantom F.W. Murnau
1922 The Young Rajah Phill Rosen
1924 $20 A Week Harmon F. Weight
1924 The Breaking Point Herbert Brenon
1924 Pied Piper Malone
1926 Bardelys the Magnificent King Vidor John Gilbert Restored in 2008 from a nearly complete print discovered in France in 1998.
1926 The Bat Roland West Tullio Carminatti
1926 The Boob William Wellman
1926 Camille Fred Niblo Norma Talmadge
1926 The Exquisite Sinner Josef von Sternberg
1926 The Flaming Frontier Edward Sedgwick
1926 Mare Nostrum Rex Ingram Antonio Moreno, Alice Terry
1926 You Never Know Women William Wellman
1926 A Page of Madness Teinosuke Kinugasa Found by the director in his garden shed in 1970 - he had buried it during World War II and forgotten it.
1927 Duck Soup Laurel & Hardy Thought lost until a copy surfaced in 1974.
1927 The Magic Flame Henry King
1927 Napoléon Abel Gance Never totally lost, but existing prints were once only half as long as the current restoration.
1927 The Ridin' Rowdy Richard Thorpe
1927 The Rough Riders Victor Fleming
1927 Senorita Alfred E. Green
1927 Sorrell and Son Herbert Brenon
1927 Tarzan and the Golden Lion J. P. McGowan James Pierce Thought lost until a print was discovered in the closet of a French asylum in the 1990s.
1927 Metropolis Fritz Lang Alfred Abel Full 210 minute version discovered in film museum's archives in Argentina in 2008. [10]
1927 Wings William A. Wellman Charles Rogers, Richard Arlen Found in the Cinémathèque Française film archive in Paris.
1928 The Constant Nymph Adrian Brunel
1928 The Passion of Joan of Arc Carl Theodor Dreyer Although inferior prints existed, a nearly pristine print was found in the janitor's closet of a Norwegian mental asylum.
1928 The Racket Lewis Milestone Discovered after Hughes' death in his private collection.
1928 The Spanking Age Robert F. McGowan An Our Gang film thought to be lost, but rediscovered in 1990 [11]
1928 Two Arabian Knights Lewis Milestone Produced by Howard Hughes and directed by Lewis Milestone; long thought lost until a print was found in Hughes' vault after his death.
1929 Drag Frank Lloyd
1929 The Letter Jean de Limur Jeanne Eagels, O. P. Heggie, Reginald Owen, Herbert Marshall
1929 Why Be Good? William Seiter
1929 Wonder of Women Clarence Brown

Sound era

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1930 The Bat Whispers Roland West One of the first films shot in widescreen. A complete print was discovered and restored in the late 1990's.
1931 Love and Duty Bu Wancang Ruan Lingyu Rediscovered in Uruguay in the 1990s.
1931 The Smiling Lieutenant Ernst Lubitsch Rediscovered in Denmark in the 1980s. [12]
1932 The Most Dangerous Game Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack Fay Wray A horror movie filmed on the same set as King Kong.
1932 Doctor X Michael Curtiz Lee Tracy, Fay Wray Technicolor version found in personal vault of Jack L. Warner.
1932 The Old Dark House James Whale Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Stuart, Charles Laughton, Lilian Bond, Ernest Thesiger, Eva Moore, Raymond Massey, Elspeth Dudgeon, Brember Wills Thought lost for decades, filmmaker Curtis Harrington discovered a print in the Universal Studios vault, which was restored by Eastman House. [13]
1933 Berkeley Square Frank Lloyd Leslie Howard, Heather Angel, Valerie Taylor Rediscovered in the 1970s. [14]
1933 The Ghoul T. Hayes Hunter Boris Karloff, Ernest Thesiger A damaged, incomplete print was found in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s, and was thought to be the only surviving copy until a nearly pristine one was found in the archives of the British Film Institute.
1933 Der Sieg des Glaubens Leni Riefenstahl Adolf Hitler Ordered destroyed by Adolf Hitler for showing Nazi party member Ernst Röhm, who had been murdered on Hitler's orders.
1934 Of Human Bondage John Cromwell Bette Davis The negative was discovered to have been destroyed in 1964 when actress Kim Novak requested a print. It was several years before a print was discovered.
1935 Tag der Freiheit: Unsere Wehrmacht Leni Riefenstahl
1939 Tevya Maurice Schwartz Maurice Schwartz, Miriam Riselle, Rebecca Weintraub, Paula Lubelski, Leon Liebgold, Vicki Marcus, Betty Marcus, Julius Adler Long thought lost, a print was discovered and restored in 1978.
1940 Confucius Fei Mu Print anonymously donated to the Hong Kong Film Archive in 2001. [15]
1940 Kampf um Norwegen - Feldzug 1940 Martin Rikli Recovered in 2005.
1945 Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors Mitsuyo Seo Japan's first feature-length animated film. Presumed to have been confiscated and burnt by the American occupation, but a negative copy was found in Shochiku's depot in 1984.
1965 The Noble Experiment Tom Graeff Tom Graeff Surviving print found by Elle Schneider in Los Angeles
1957 Shadows John Cassavetes Cassavetes showed the first version of his film only a handful of times, then scrapped it and re-shot the movie entirely. Found at a sale of items lost on the New York subway, and tracked down by cinema historian Ray Carney.
1965 Incubus Leslie Stevens William Shatner Surviving print found at Cinémathèque Française with French subtitles
1967 En la Selva no hay Estrellas Armando Robles Godoy Peruvian film found in Moscow 30 years after its production in the Amazons
1971 Bun-Rye's Story Yu Hyun-mok [16]
1971 Necromania Edward D. Wood, Jr. Believed lost for years until an edited version resurfaced at a yard sale in 1992, followed by a complete unedited print in 2001.
1971 The Young Marrieds Edward D. Wood, Jr. Believed lost for years until rediscovered in Canada. [17]

See also


  1. ^ Pringle, Glen. "The Preservation and Restoration of Silent Films". Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  2. ^ "FilmBuffOnline: Edison's Frankenstein". Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  3. ^ "Silent Era: Richard III". Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Salomy Jane (1914) at Internet Movie Database". Retrieved 2008-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Silent Era: East Lynne". Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  6. ^ "Silent Era: Hell Bent". Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  7. ^ "Silent Era: The Wicked Darling". Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  8. ^ The Halifax Courier, 9/24/08.
  9. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Beyond the Rocks (1922) Recovered". Silent Era. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  10. ^ The Local - Lost scenes of 'Metropolis' discovered in Argentina
  11. ^ "New York Times: The Spanking Age". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  12. ^ The New York Times, February 12, 2008. Retrieved 2-21-2008.
  13. ^ Del Valle, David (2008-08-07). "Curtis Harrington on James Whale". Films in Review. 
  14. ^ Berkeley Square Movie Review (1933) from Channel 4 Film
  15. ^ Bordwell, David & Thompson, Kristen (2009-04-15). "Confucius reborn". Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  16. ^ Lee Hyo-won. "Old Films Return With Foreign Dubbing". The Korea Times, 18 May 2009. Retrieved on 4 July 2009.
  17. ^ "Biography of Ed Wood Jr.". Retrieved 2009-03-13. 

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