List of lost films

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Lon Chaney (Sr.) appeared in numerous films that are now lost. This still is from The Miracle Man (1919), a famous and sought after lost film.

For this list of lost films, a lost film is defined as one of which no part of a print is known to have survived. For films in which any portion of the footage remains (including trailers), see List of incomplete or partially lost films.

Films may go missing for a number of reasons. One major contributing factor is the common use of nitrate film until the early 1950s. This type of film is highly flammable, and there have been several devastating fires, such as the 1937 Fox Pictures storage vault fire and the 1967 MGM Vault fire and Universal Pictures in 1924.[1] Black-and-white film prints judged to be otherwise worthless were sometimes incinerated to salvage the meager scrap value of the silver image particles in their emulsions.[2] Films have disappeared when production companies went bankrupt.[2] Occasionally, a studio would remake a film and destroy the earlier version.[2] Silent films in particular were once seen as having no further commercial value and were simply junked to clear out expensive storage space.[3]

This is necessarily an incomplete list. Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation claims that "half of all American films made before 1950 and over 90% of films made before 1929 are lost forever."[4] Deutsche Kinemathek estimates that 80-90% of silent movies are gone;[5] the film archive's own list contains over 3500 lost films. While others dispute whether the percentage is quite that high,[6] it is impractical to enumerate any but the more notable and those that can be sourced.

Silent films[edit]

1890s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1896 Arrivée d'un train gare de Vincennes Georges Méliès A French short documentary. [7]
L'Arroseur (aka Watering the Flowers) Georges Méliès A short comedy. [8]
Barque sortant du port de Trouville Georges Méliès [9]
Bateau-mouche sur la Seine Georges Méliès [10]
Bébé et fillettes Georges Méliès A short documentary. [11]
Les Blanchisseuses Georges Méliès A short documentary. [12]
Bois de Boulogne (Porte de Madrid) Georges Méliès A short documentary. [13]
Bois de Boulogne (Touring Club) Georges Méliès A short documentary. [14]
Boulevard des Italiens Georges Méliès A short documentary. [15]
Campement de bohémiens (The Bohemian Encampment) Georges Méliès A short documentary. [16]
Les chevaux de bois Georges Méliès [17]
Le chiffonnier Georges Méliès

[18]

Couronnement de la rosière Georges Méliès [19]
Déchargement de bateaux Georges Méliès [20]
Jardinier brûlant des herbes Georges Méliès [21]
Jetée et Plage de Trouville, 1st and 2nd parts Georges Méliès [22][23]
Jour de marché à Trouville Georges Méliès [24]
1899 The Jeffries–Sharkey Contest William Brady, Tom O'Rourke Jim Jeffries, Tom Sharkey American Mutoscope and Biograph film of heavyweight championship bout, 135 minutes in length, first film shot in artificial light. [25]

1900s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1903 Hiawatha, the Messiah of the Ojibway Joe Rosenthal Believed to be the first Canadian fiction film. [26]
1908 Salaviinanpolttajat Louis Sparre
Teuvo Puro
Teppo Raikas
Teuvo Puro
Jussi Snellman
Eero Kilpi
Axel Rautio
The first Finnish fiction film. Some sources also consider it to be the first Russian fiction film, as Finland was a part of the Russian Empire until 1917. [27]
1908 Bobby's Kodak Wallace McCutcheon, Sr. Robert Harron, Edward Dillon First starring role for then-child actor Robert "Bobby" Harron. [28]
The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays Francis Boggs, Otis Turner L. Frank Baum First adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and several of its sequels. Shown only in roadshow engagements as part of a live theater presentation, the print decomposed and was discarded.[citation needed]
The Music Master Wallace McCutcheon, Jr. D. W. Griffith Most of D.W. Griffith's early appearances as an actor in Biograph films have been preserved, minus this title. [29]

1910s[edit]

1920s[edit]

Sound films[edit]

From 1929 on, films are "all talking" unless otherwise specified.

1920s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1928 Alias Jimmy Valentine Jack Conway William Haines, Lionel Barrymore This part talkie was MGM's first film with synchronized dialogue sequences. It was also released as a silent film, which is similarly lost. [30]
The Home Towners Bryan Foy Doris Kenyon, Richard Bennett Warner Bros.' third all talkie. [31]
The Melody of Love Arch Heath Walter Pidgeon, Mildred Harris All talkie. Universal's first sound feature. [31]
My Man Archie Mayo Fanny Brice, Guinn Williams Part talkie released by Warner Bros. [31]
On Trial Archie Mayo Pauline Frederick, Lois Wilson, Bert Lytell Warner Bros.' fourth all talking feature. [31]
Tenderloin Michael Curtiz Dolores Costello, Conrad Nagel Second feature film to have synchronized dialogue sequences. Part talkie. [31]
The Terror Roy Del Ruth Edward Everett Horton, Louise Fazenda Warner Bros.' second all talkie. First feature with no title cards - even the credits are recited part lost. [31]
Women They Talk About Lloyd Bacon Irene Rich Part talkie released by Warner Bros. [31]
1929 The Argyle Case Howard Bretherton Thomas Meighan, H.B. Warner, Lila Lee, Gladys Brockwell Silent veteran Brockwell died in a traffic accident shortly after making this film. [32]
The Aviator Roy Del Ruth Edward Everett Horton, Patsy Ruth Miller [33]
The Awful Truth Marshall Neilan Ina Claire
The Black Waters Marshall Neilan James Kirkwood, Mary Brian All talking. First talking picture produced by a British company.
Blaze O'Glory George Crone Eddie Dowling, Betty Compson
The Careless Age John Griffith Wray Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Loretta Young
Careers John Francis Dillon Billie Dove, Antonio Moreno
College Love Nat Ross George J. Lewis, Eddie Phillips [31]
Conquest Roy Del Ruth Monte Blue, H. B. Warner
Dark Streets Frank Lloyd Jack Mulhall, Lila Lee Jack Mulhall's character is the first attempt at dual role double exposure photography in a talking film.[citation needed]
The Doctor's Secret William C. de Mille Ruth Chatterton, H.B. Warner
Evidence John G. Adolfi Pauline Frederick, Conway Tearle [34]
Fancy Baggage John G. Adolfi Audrey Ferris, Myrna Loy A part-talkie from Warner Bros.
Fast Life John Francis Dillon Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Loretta Young
Footlights and Fools William A. Seiter Colleen Moore Part-Technicolor. [31]
The Forward Pass Edward F. Cline Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Loretta Young [31]
Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 David Butler John Breeden, Lola Lane Multicolor sequences.
Frozen Justice Allan Dwan Lenore Ulric [35]
The Gamblers Michael Curtiz H.B. Warner, Lois Wilson
The Ghost Talks Lewis Seiler Helen Twelvetrees, Charles Eaton
The Girl from Havana Benjamin Stoloff Lola Lane, Paul Page
The Girl from Woolworths William Beaudine Alice White, Charles Delaney
Hard to Get William Beaudine Dorothy Mackaill, Louise Fazenda
Her Private Life Alexander Korda Billie Dove, Walter Pidgeon
Hearts in Exile Michael Curtiz Dolores Costello, Grant Withers
Honky Tonk Lloyd Bacon Sophie Tucker, Lila Lee This was Tucker's film debut. The complete soundtrack survives. [31]
Hot for Paris Raoul Walsh Victor McLaglen, Fifi D'Orsay
The Hottentot Roy Del Ruth Edward Everett Horton, Patsy Ruth Miller
Is Everybody Happy? Archie Mayo Ted Lewis, Ann Pennington [31]
In the Headlines John G. Adolfi Grant Withers, Marion Nixon
Jealousy Jean de Limur Jeanne Eagels, Fredric March
Little Johnny Jones Mervyn LeRoy Edward Buzzell, Alice Day [31]
Love, Live and Laugh William K. Howard George Jessel, Lila Lee [31]
The Love Racket William A. Seiter Dorothy Mackaill, Sidney Blackmer
Lucky in Love Kenneth S. Webb Morton Downey, Betty Lawford All talking [31]
Madonna of Avenue A Michael Curtiz Dolores Costello, Grant Withers [36]
Married in Hollywood Marcel Silver J. Harold Murray Multicolor sequences.
Melody Lane Robert F. Hill Eddie Leonard, Josephine Dunn Universal's first 100% talking musical. [31]
A Most Immoral Lady John Griffith Wray Walter Pidgeon, Leatrice Joy 8 sound discs survive at UCLA. Visual elements appear not to have survived [37]
Nix on Dames Donald Gallaher Mae Clarke, Robert Ames
The Painted Angel Millard Webb Billie Dove, Edmund Lowe [31]
Paris Clarence G. Badger Irene Bordoni, Jack Buchanan Technicolor sequences. [31]
Pleasure Crazed Donald Gallaher Marguerite Churchill, Kenneth MacKenna
Queen of the Night Clubs Bryan Foy Texas Guinan, Lila Lee [31]
Red Hot Rhythm Leo McCarey Alan Hale, Kathryn Crawford Multicolor sequences. [31]
Rich People Edward H. Griffith Constance Bennett, Regis Toomey
The Sacred Flame Archie Mayo Pauline Frederick, Conrad Nagel
Seven Faces Berthold Viertel Paul Muni, Marguerite Churchill
The Shannons of Broadway Emmett J. Flynn James Gleason, Lucile Gleason
Skin Deep Ray Enright Monte Blue, Betty Compson
Smiling Irish Eyes William A. Seiter Colleen Moore Part-Technicolor. [31]
A Song of Kentucky Lewis Seiler Lois Moran, Joseph Wagstaff [31]
Sonny Boy Archie Mayo Edward Everett Horton Part-talkie
South Sea Rose Allan Dwan Lenore Ulric, Charles Bickford
Speakeasy Benjamin Stoloff Paul Page, Lola Lane
Stark Mad Lloyd Bacon Louise Fazenda, H. B. Warner Released in both silent and all talking version. Both are lost.
This Thing Called Love Constance Bennett Part-Technicolor film released by Pathé.
The Time, the Place and the Girl Howard Bretherton Grant Withers, Betty Compson
Tonight at Twelve Harry A. Pollard Madge Bellamy, Robert Ellis
Twin Beds Alfred Santell Jack Mulhall, Patsy Ruth Miller
Wedding Rings William Beaudine H.B. Warner, Olive Borden
Why Leave Home? Raymond Cannon Sue Carol, Dixie Lee
Words and Music James Tinling Lois Moran, David Percy
Young Nowheres Frank Lloyd Richard Barthelmess, Marian Nixon

1930s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1930 Alf's Button W.P. Kellino Tubby Edlin, Alf Goddard Gaumont British film with colour sequences.
An Elastic Affair Alfred Hitchcock Short film made by Hitchcock for awards ceremony at the London Palladium in January 1930.
The Big Fight Walter Lang Lola Lane, Ralph Ince
Big Money Russell Mack Eddie Quillan, Robert Armstrong
The Big Party John G. Blystone Sue Carol, Dixie Lee [31]
Bride of the Regiment John Francis Dillon Vivienne Segal, Walter Pidgeon All Technicolor musical drama, only the soundtrack survives on Vitaphone discs. [31]
Cameo Kirby Irving Cummings J. Harold Murray, Norma Terris [31]
The Case of Sergeant Grischa Herbert Brenon Chester Morris Academy Award nominee for Best Sound.
The Cat Creeps Rupert Julian Helen Twelvetrees, Raymond Hackett
The Cave of the Silken Web II Dan Duyu Yin Mingzhu Silent. Chinese film. Original title: 续盘丝洞. Sequel to the 1927 The Cave of the Silken Web (which itself had been thought to have been lost, but was rediscovered in 2013).
The Climax Renaud Hoffman Jean Hersholt and Kathryn Crawford
College Lovers John G. Adolfi Marion Nixon, Jack Whiting Musical comedy [31]
Courage Archie Mayo Marian Nixon, Leon Janney
Crazy That Way Hamilton MacFadden Kenneth MacKenna, Joan Bennett
The Dude Wrangler Richard Thorpe Lina Basquette, Tom Keene
Dumbbells In Ermine John G. Adolfi Robert Armstrong, Barbara Kent
The Eyes of the World Henry King John Holland, Una Merkel
Fellers Austin Fay, Arthur Higgins Arthur Tauchert, Les Coney An Australian comedy. [38]
Furies Alan Crosland Lois Wilson, H. B. Warner
The Girl of the Golden West John Francis Dillon Ann Harding, James Rennie
The Golden Calf Millard Webb Jack Mulhall, Sue Carol
The Gorilla Bryan Foy Joe Frisco, Walter Pidgeon
The Grand Parade Fred C. Newmeyer Helen Twelvetrees, Fred Scott
Hide Out Reginald Barker James Murray, Kathryn Crawford
Hit the Deck Luther Reed Jack Oakie, Polly Walker Part Technicolor musical comedy.
Hold Everything Roy Del Ruth Winnie Lightner, Joe E. Brown All Technicolor musical comedy. The complete soundtrack exists on Vitaphone discs. [31]
In the Next Room Edward F. Cline Jack Mulhall, Alice Day
Just for a Song Gareth Gundrey Lillian Hall-Davis, Roy Royston Gainsborough British film with colour sequences.
Kismet John Francis Dillon Otis Skinner, Loretta Young A lavish costume drama in the early widescreen process known as Vitascope. The complete soundtrack exists on Vitaphone discs. [39]
Knowing Men Elinor Glyn Carl Brisson, Elissa Landi The second British sound feature in colour. A B.I.P. film.
Leathernecking Edward F. Cline Irene Dunne, Ken Murray Dunne's film debut. Part Technicolor musical comedy.
Let's Go Places Frank R. Strayer Frank Richardson, Dixie Lee [31]
Lilies of the Field Alexander Korda Corinne Griffith, Ralph Forbes [31]
Once a Gentleman James Cruze Edward Everett Horton, Lois Wilson
One Mad Kiss Marcel Silver José Mojica, Antonio Moreno [31]
The Other Tomorrow Lloyd Bacon Billie Dove, Kenneth Thomson
The Man from Blankley's Alfred E. Green John Barrymore, Loretta Young
The Man Hunter D. Ross Lederman Rin-Tin-Tin, Nora Lane
Murder Will Out Clarence G. Badger Jack Mulhall, Lila Lee
No, No, Nanette Clarence G. Badger Bernice Claire, Alexander Gray Part Technicolor musical comedy. The soundtrack discs survive. [31]
A Romance of Seville Norman Walker Alexander D'Arcy, Marguerite Allan The first British sound feature in colour. A B.I.P. film.
Rough Waters John Daumery Rin-Tin-Tin, Jobyna Ralston
Second Choice Howard Bretherton Dolores Costello, Chester Morris
She Couldn't Say No Lloyd Bacon Winnie Lightner, Chester Morris Musical drama.
She Got What She Wanted James Cruze Lee Tracy, Betty Compson
Song of the Flame Alan Crosland Bernice Claire, Noah Beery All Technicolor musical drama, the first color film featuring wide screen, and Academy Award nominee for Best Sound. Sound discs for five of the nine reels exist. [31]
Song of the West Ray Enright John Boles, Joe E. Brown All Technicolor. The first all-color all-talking feature to be filmed entirely outdoors and the first color Western. The complete soundtrack survives on Vitaphone discs. In a June 2011 forum discussion, a person claimed to have fragments which others then identified as being from this film.[40]
Sons of the Saddle Harry Joe Brown Ken Maynard, Doris Hill
Strictly Modern William A. Seiter Dorothy Mackaill, Sidney Blackmer
Troopers Three Norman Taurog Rex Lease, Dorothy Gulliver
Way of All Men Frank Lloyd Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Dorothy Revier
What a Widow! Allan Dwan Gloria Swanson Musical drama.
Lord Richard in the Pantry Walter Forde Richard Cooper, Dorothy Seacombe Included on the British Film Institute's "75 Most Wanted" list of missing British feature films.
The Last Hour Walter Forde Richard Cooper
1931 The Age for Love Frank Lloyd Billie Dove, Lois Wilson, Charles Starrett Produced by the Caddo Company and an uncredited Howard Hughes.
Alam Ara Ardeshir Irani Master Vithal, Zubeida, Jilloo, Sushila, Prithviraj Kapoor The first Indian sound film. [41]
Annabelle's Affairs Alfred L. Werker Victor McLaglen, Jeanette MacDonald
The Bargain Robert Milton Lewis Stone, Evalyn Knapp
Children of Dreams Alan Crosland Paul Gregory, Margaret Schilling Musical drama.
Charlie Chan Carries On Warner Oland, Hamilton MacFadden An alternate Spanish-language version, featuring a different cast, exists.
Compromised John G. Adolfi Rose Hobart, Ben Lyon
Damaged Love Irvin Willat June Collyer, Charles Starrett
Deadlock George King Stewart Rome, Marjorie Hume, Warwick Ward On the BFI 75 Most Wanted list. [42]
Fanny Foley Herself Edna May Oliver All-color film photographed in Technicolor. [31]
Father's Son Leon Janney, Lewis Stone
Fifty Fathoms Deep Roy William Neill Richard Cromwell, Mary Doran
Hobson's Choice Thomas Bentley James Harcourt, Viola Lyel, Frank Pettingell On the BFI 75 Most Wanted list. [43]
Honor of the Family Warren William, Bebe Daniels
Kalidas H. M. Reddy T. P. Rajalakshmi, P. G. Venkatesan, L. V. Prasad First sound film in Tamil cinema, as well as South Indian cinema [44][45]
The Last Ride Duke Worne Dorothy Revier, Charles Morton
Men of the Sky Alfred E. Green Irene Delroy, Jack Whiting Musical drama.
Racetrack James Cruze Leo Carrillo, Frank Coghlan Jr. Completed in 1931, but not released until 1933.
Shanghaied Love George B. Seitz Richard Cromwell, Noah Beery
Two Crowded Hours Michael Powell John Longden, Jane Welsh, Jerry Verno Powell's directorial debut. [46]
White Shoulders Melville W. Brown Mary Astor, Jack Holt
Women Go on Forever James Cruze Clara Kimball Young, Marian Nixon
Woman Hungry Clarence G. Badger Lila Lee All-color film photographed in Technicolor.
Peludópolis Quirino Cristiani Argentine production; the world's first animated feature film with sound, using a primitive sound-on-disc system. [47]
1932 Charlie Chan's Chance John G. Blystone Warner Oland Sixth film of the Charlie Chan series and third with Warner Oland. [48]
Men of Tomorrow Zoltan Korda, Leontine Sagan Maurice Braddell, Joan Gardner Robert Donat's film debut. The film is on the BFI 75 Most Wanted list.
The Missing Rembrandt Arthur Wontner Second film in the Sherlock Holmes series.
Paprika Franciska Gaal
Speed Demon D. Ross Lederman William Collier, Jr., Joan Marsh
Tonendes ABC László Moholy-Nagy Experimental film, scratched[clarification needed] by hand and seen by Norman McLaren in the 1930s. [49]
1933 The Big Brain George Archainbaud Fay Wray, George E. Stone
Il caso Haller Alessandro Blasetti Marta Abba, Memo Benassi Remake of 1930 German film The Other.
Charlie Chan's Greatest Case Warner Oland and Heather Angel
Chikara to Onna no Yo no Naka Kenzō Masaoka First sound anime.
Convention City Archie Mayo Joan Blondell
Dick Powell
Adolphe Menjou
Mary Astor
A pre-Code film produced by First NationalWarner Bros. [31]
India Speaks Walter Futter Richard Halliburton Documentary on India.
The Monkey's Paw Ernest B. Schoedsack Adaptation of the W. W. Jacobs horror story.
Night in the City Fei Mu Ruan Lingyu
Jin Yan
The debut of Fei Mu, one of China's greatest filmmakers.
Stop, Sadie, Stop Ted Healy Never released, only one print made.
Two Minutes Silence Paulette McDonagh Frank Bradley, Campbell Copelin, Marie Lorraine Australia's first anti-war movie. [38]
Wasei Kingu Kongu Torajiro Saito Isamu Yamaguchi Japanese short based on King Kong, and the first Kaiju film, preceding Godzilla by 21 years. [50]
1934 Charlie Chan's Courage Second version of the Charlie Chan adventure. The 1927 version still exists.
L'impiegata di papà Alessandro Blasetti Memo Benassi, Elsa De Giorgi, Renato Cialente Remake of 1933 German film Heimkehr ins Glück.
Jail Birds of Paradise Al Boasberg Moe Howard
Curly Howard
Murder at Monte Carlo Errol Flynn Flynn's debut film in the UK.
Ragazzo Ivo Perilli Costantino Frasca, Isa Pola, Osvaldo Valenti Screening was banned by Fascist authorities before the premiere, and subsequently stored at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. During the German troops retreat in 1944, the centre was looted and put on fire. [51][52]
The Scarab Murder Case Wilfrid Hyde-White A Philo Vance film. [53]
West of the Pecos Phil Rosen Richard Dix
White Heat Lois Weber Virginia Cherrill, Mona Maris, Hardie Albright The last film, and only talkie, directed by Weber.
1935 The Magic Shoes Peter Finch Completed but never released. [38]
Dark World Bernard Vorhaus Tamara Desni, Leon Quartermaine, Googie Withers Released only in the UK.
1936 The Oregon Trail John Wayne Lost film, but in 2013 stills were found [54]
The Adventures of Pinocchio Raoul Verdini, Umberto Spano It was intended to be the first animated feature film from Italy, but is now considered lost, only the original script and a couple of still frames are all that survived of the film [55]
1937 Terang Boelan Albert Balink Rd. Mochtar, Roekiah Romance film from the Dutch East Indies; the colony's biggest commercial success [56]
1938 King Kong Appears in Edo Sōya Kumagai Eizaburo Matsumoto A Japanese kaiju (giant monster) film which preceded Godzilla by sixteen years. It was likely lost during World War II. [57]
Nad Niemnem Wanda Jakubowska and Karol Szolowski The Nazi regime liked the artistic value of the movie, but could not allow the screening of a picture so firmly rooted in Polish history. It was dubbed and re-edited, changing it to pro-German propaganda. Stefan Dekierowski informed the Polish underground, and the remaining three copies (out of 5 total) were hidden in winter 1939; the movie is believed to be lost.
1939 The Good Old Days Roy William Neill Max Miller, Hal Walters, Kathleen Gibson On the BFI 75 Most Wanted list. [58]
Secreto de confesión It was lost during the bombing of Manila during World War II.

1940s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1941 This Man Is Dangerous Lawrence Huntington James Mason Although it is known to have been shown on British television as recently as 1987, the film is believed lost and is included on the BFI's "75 Most Wanted" list of missing British feature films. [59]
1942 Brother Martin: Servant of Jesus Spencer Williams
1943 Deruhi e, Deruhi e Yasujiro Ozu Chandra Bose Wartime propaganda film directed by Ozu, and destroyed by him at war's end.
It's in the Bag Herbert Mason Elsie Waters, Doris Waters, Ernest Butcher On the BFI 75 Most Wanted list. IMDb gives a release date of February 1944, but the British Film Institute notes there were early December 1943 reviews.[60] Released on DVD by Renown Pictures Ltd. (2013/14).[61]
Squadron Leader X Lance Comfort Eric Portman, Ann Dvorak On the BFI 75 Most Wanted list of lost films. [62]
1944 Escape Episode Kenneth Anger The director destroyed the film together with a few other early works he made.
Red Sky at Morning Hartney Arthur Peter Finch, John Alden [38]
1945 Flight from Folly Herbert Mason Patricia Kirkwood
Hugh Sinclair
Screen debut of stage star Kirkwood. It is on the BFI 75 Most Wanted list. [63]
For You Alone Geoffrey Faithfull Lesley Brook, Dinah Sheridan, Jimmy Hanley Another member of the BFI 75 Most Wanted list. [64]
1946 Little Iodine Reginald Le Borg Hobart Cavanaugh, Irene Ryan Release delayed by a polio outbreak; Little Iodine cartoonist Jimmy Hatlo was a writer.
1948 The Betrayal Oscar Micheaux The director's final production. [65]

1950s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1950 The Miracle of St. Anne Orson Welles Suzanne Cloutier, Maurice Bessy, Boris Vian Short film made as prologue to the Paris stage production of Welles' play The Unthinking Lobster.
1952 Hammer the Toff Maclean Rogers John Bentley, Patricia Dainton, Valentine Dyall On the BFI 75 Most Wanted list. [66]
Salute the Toff Maclean Rogers John Bentley, Carol Marsh, Valentine Dyall Sequel to Hammer the Toff and also one of the BFI 75 Most Wanted. [67]
1953 Small Town Story Montgomery Tully Donald Houston, Susan Shaw, Alan Wheatley, Kent Walton Another of the BFI 75 Most Wanted. [68]

1960s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1960 Linda Don Sharp Carol White, Alan Rothwell On the BFI 75 Most Wanted list of lost films. [69]
1961 Cranks at Work Ken Russell English. Russell's short 35mm film about the choreographer John Cranko. [70]
1962 Bulgasari Kim Myeong-jae South Korean Kaiju film. Later remade in 1985 as Pulgasari. [71]
1963 Andy Warhol Films Jack Smith Filming Normal Love Andy Warhol Jack Smith This home movie, which may have been Warhol's first film, was seized by New York City Police in March 1964, and has since disappeared. [72]
Farewell Performance Robert Tronson David Kernan
Frederick Jaeger
Delphi Lawrence
On the BFI 75 Most Wanted list. [73]
1965 Gogola Balwant Dave Tabassum Bollywood clone of Godzilla, unknown if any prints still survive. [74]
1966 The Emperor's New Clothes Bob Clark John Carradine Clark's film debut; never publically released.
1967 Batman Fights Dracula Leody M. Diaz Jing Abalos, Dante Rivero An unofficial Filipino Batman parody made without permission of DC Comics, owner of the character's copyright. [75]
Israel: A Right to Live John Schlesinger Director Schlesinger shot this film for producer Harry Saltzman. Alan Rosenthal claims that "hours of film had been shot and edited, but nobody liked the result. Israel was too triumphant, too out of keeping with the changed mood. It had a few showings and then passed into oblivion." On the other hand, William J. Mann claims that Schlesinger never finished the documentary, "due to 'creative differences' with the BBC." Cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond claimed in 2011 that he's never been able to find a copy of the documentary.
1968 Las Noches del Hombre Lobo René Govar Paul Naschy The second in a series of films featuring the character Count Waldemar Daninsky. Never publicly screened.
The Other People David Hart Peter McEnery, Donald Pleasence Never released.
1969 The Promise Michael Hayes Ian McKellen, John Castle First known film adaptation of a work by Soviet playwright Aleksei Arbuzov, and an early film role for McKellen. Appears on the BFI 75 Most Wanted list. [76]

1970s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1970 Adam 2 Jan Lenica Full length cut out animated feature. Photographs and tiny snippets of the film are all that exist.
1970 Chalawan Sompote Sands Kom Akadej, Malarin Boonnak Directorial debut of Sands.
1972 Nobody Ordered Love Robert Hartford-Davis Ingrid Pitt, Tony Selby All known prints believed destroyed upon the director's death, at his request. Currently listed on the BFI 75 Most Wanted list. [77]
1974 Him Ed D. Louie Only adverts and reviews are known to survive.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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