List of rediscovered films
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This is a list of rediscovered films that, once thought lost, have since been discovered.
|1896||Défense d'afficher||Georges Méliès||Georges Méliès||France. The film was recovered in 2004.|||
|1897||The X-Rays||George Albert Smith||Great Britain.|
|1899||Cléopâtre||Georges Méliès||Georges Méliès, Jeanne d'Alcy||France. Was thought to be lost until a copy surfaced in 2005 in Paris.|
|1900||Sherlock Holmes Baffled||Arthur Marvin||United States. Running only 30 seconds, this is the first recorded detective film and the first to feature Sherlock Holmes. A paper copy was identified in 1968 in the Library of Congress Paper Print archive by Michael Pointer, a historian of Sherlock Holmes films. It was transferred to 16 mm film in the Library of Congress collection.|||
|1901||The Death of Poor Joe||George Albert Smith||Laura Bayley||Great Britain. Lost since 1954, rediscovered in 2012.|||
|1907||Katsudō Shashin||Unknown||Japan. Running only 3 seconds. Discovered in Kyoto on July 31, 2005.|
|1909||El hotel eléctrico||Segundo de Chomón||Segundo de Chomón, Julienne Mathieu||Spain.|
|1909||Jephtah's Daughter: A Biblical Tragedy||Unknown||Annette Kellerman, Maurice Costello||Short film exists in the British Film Institute archive|
|1909||La Tosca||André Calmettes, Charles le Bargy||Sarah Bernhardt||France.|
|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. United States.|||
|1911||At the Duke's Command||Thomas H. Ince||United States|
|1911||Their First Misunderstanding||Thomas H. Ince, George Loane Tucker||Mary Pickford||The first film that credited Pickford by name. Found in 2006 in a New Hampshire barn. United States|
|1911||The Colleen Bawn||United States|
|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. Jugoslavia (now Serbia)|
|1911||Maid or Man||Thomas H. Ince||United States|
|1911||A Manly Man||Thomas H. Ince||United States|
|1911||The Mirror||Thomas H. Ince||United States|
|1912||Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde||Lucius Henderson||James Cruze||United States|
|1912||A Fool and His Money||Alice Guy-Blaché William Haines||United States|
|1912||In Nacht und Eis||Mime Misu||The second Titanic movie, was presumed lost around 1914, but was found in a private film library in Germany in 1998. Germany.|
|1912||En Stærkere magt||Hjalmar Davidsen, Eduard Schnedler-Sørensen||Valda Valkyrien||Preserved by the Danish Film Institute. Denmark.|||
|1911||The Sultan's Garden||Thomas H. Ince||United States.|
|1912||Richard III||André Calmettes, James Keane||Robert Gemp, Frederick Warde||The first known full-length William Shakespeare film. Found in an Oregon projectionist's collection in 1996. United States|||
|1912||Under Two Flags||United States|
|1913||Poor Jake's Demise||Allen Curtis||Lon Chaney, Sr., Louise Fazenda||Chaney's first credited role. A fragment was discovered in 2006 among several hundred other reels of film in an English collection. United States.|
|1913||The Prisoner of Zenda||Edwin S. Porter||United States|
|1913||When Lincoln Paid||Francis Ford||Recovered in 2006. United States.|
|1914||The Active Life of Dolly of the Dailies||Walter Edwin||Mary Fuller, Yale Boss||Discovered in 2009 in the New Zealand Film Archive.|||
|1914||Cruel, Cruel Love||George Nichols||Charlie Chaplin
|Complete nitrate copy found in South America. United States.|
|1914||The Girl Stage Driver||Webster Cullison||Norbert A. Myles, Edna Payne, Will E. Sheerer||An incomplete 35mm positive print was discovered in 2009 in the New Zealand Film Archive.|||
|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.|||
|1914||The Stain||Frank Powell||Edward José, Theda Bara||A print of the film was discovered in Australia in the 1990s.|||
|1914||A Thief Catcher||Charlie Chaplin||A print was discovered in 2010 at a Michigan antique sale.|||
|1914||Won in a Closet||Mabel Normand||Mabel Normand||Discovered in 2009 in the New Zealand Film Archive.|||
|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||Film exists in the British Film Institute archive.|
|1916||Als ich tot war||Ernst Lubitsch||Found in 1994 in a Slovenian archive.|
|1916||East Lynne||Bertram Bracken||Theda Bara||One of Bara's four surviving films.|||
|1916||Gretchen the Greenhorn||Chester M. Franklin, Sidney Franklin||Dorothy Gish||Recovered in 1991.|
|1916||The Moment Before||Robert G. Vignola||Pauline Frederick||A nearly complete print, lacking only the opening scene, was found in an archive in Rome.|||
|1916||Mysteriet natten till den 25:e||Georg af Klercker|
|1916||Purity||Rae Berger||A copy of the film survives in an archive in France, although it has not yet been screened to the public.|
|1916||Snow White||Inspired Walt Disney to make films.|
|1916||Zepped||Charlie Chaplin||A propaganda short film, a copy was found in 2009, and a second in 2011.|
|1917||Beatrice Fairfax||Olive Thomas||All but one episode of this series survives in the Library of Congress archive.|
|1917||Bucking Broadway||John Ford||Found in 2002 in a French archive.|
|1917||His Wedding Night||Roscoe Arbuckle||Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton|
|1917||The Image Maker||Eugene Moore||Film survives in a private collection.|
|1917||Max and His Taxi|
|1917||Max Comes Across|
|1917||Max Wants a Divorce|
|1917||A Reckless Romeo||Roscoe Arbuckle||Roscoe Arbuckle, Al St. John||Found in an unmarked canister at the Norwegian Film Institute in 1998, alongside The Cook.|
|1917||The Rough House||Roscoe Arbuckle||Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton|
|1918||The Cook||Roscoe Arbuckle||Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton||Found in an unmarked canister at the Norwegian Film Institute in 1998, alongside A Reckless Romeo.|
|1918||Hell Bent||John Ford||A print exists in the Czechoslovak Film Archive.|||
|1918||Mr. Fix-It||Allan Dwan||Douglas Fairbanks||Restored by George Eastman House and shown at San Francisco Silent Film Festival in July 2011.|
|1918||Oh Baby!||James Ard|
|1919||Back Stage||Roscoe Arbuckle||Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton|
|1919||Back to God's Country||David Hartford||Nell Shipman||Print discovered in Europe and restored in the 1990s. Scenario by Nell Shipman and novelist James Oliver Curwood.|||
|1919||Camping Out||Roscoe Arbuckle||Roscoe Arbuckle, Al St. John||Reconstructed from reels found in the Nederlands Filmmuseum and Cineteca Nazionale (Rome) storage vaults in 2002.|
|1919||Different from the Others||Richard Oswald||Conrad Veidt||German copies destroyed by the Nazis in 1933 and thought lost since then. A copy was found in the Ukraine in the late 1970s and restored by the Stadtmuseum München. One of the earliest known sympathetic depictions of homosexuality in film.|||
|1919||Scarlet Days||D. W. Griffith|
|1919||The Spiders (1st of 2)||Fritz Lang||Restored in 1978 from a newly discovered original print, 1st of 2-part series.|
|1919||The Valley of the Giants||James Cruze||Wallace Reid||Found in Gosfilmofond Russian state archives, Moscow. Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010.|||
|1919||When Bearcat Went Dry||Oliver L. Sellers||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.|||
|1919||The Witness for the Defense||George Fitzmaurice||Elsie Ferguson||Print discovered in Gosfilmofond. Screened at Univ. of North Dakota. Ferguson's only surviving silent film.|||
|1919||You're Fired||James Cruze||Wallace Reid||Found in Russian state archives Gosfilmofond, Moscow. Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010.|||
|1920||The Daughter of Dawn||Norbert Myles (writer)||White Parker, Wanada Parker, Esther LeBarre, Jack Sankadoty||Bought and restored by the Oklahoma Historical Society since 2007.|||
|1920||Genuine||Robert Wiene||Complete copy was discovered in the Berlin film archive.|
|1920||Helen of Four Gates||Cecil Hepworth||Alma Taylor
|Found in a film vault in Quebec, Canada in 2008.|||
|1920||If I Were King||J. Gordon Edwards||William Farnum, Betty Ross Clarke, Fritz Leiber, Sr.||Print is held by the Library of Congress.|
|1920||In the Days of St. Patrick||Norman Whitten|
|1920||The Spiders (2nd of 2)||Fritz Lang||Restored in 1978 from a newly-discovered original print, 2nd of 2-part series.|
|1920||Der Wildtöter und Chingachgook||Arthur Wellin||Bela Lugosi||Recovered in the 1990s.|
|1920||Within Our Gates||Oscar Micheaux||Found in Spain, translated as La Negra.|
|1921||The Blue Fox||Duke Worne|
|1921||Brownie's Little Venus||Fred Hibbard||Baby Peggy||Rediscovered in Switzerland in 2010.|||
|1921||The Conquest of Canaan||Roy William Neill||Thomas Meighan, Doris Kenyon||Found in Russian state archives Gosfilmofond Moscow. Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010.|||
|1921||The Devil||Ferenc Molnár||George Arliss||Was also made in 1918 in Hungary. American release is currently under restoration and scheduled for re-release in 2011.|
|1921||Hard Luck||Edward F. Cline
|Buster Keaton||Long considered Keaton's major lost film until partially reconstructed in 1987. The climactic final scene was later recovered in a Russian archive.|
|1921||Molly O'||F. Richard Jones||Mabel Normand|
|1921||Der Tanz auf dem Vulkan||Richard Eichberg||Bela Lugosi||Found in a film archive in the 1990s, albeit in its American release version.|
|1922||Beyond the Rocks||Sam Wood||Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino||Donated by collector Joop Van Liempd (1913–2002) to Nederlands Filmmuseum and restored by them in 2005.|||
|1922||Kick In||George Fitzmaurice||Betty Compson
|Found in Russian state archives; Gosfilmofond (Moscow). Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010.|||
|1922||Little Red Riding Hood||One of the first theatrical animated cartoons from Walt Disney. Found in a London film library in 1998 and restored the same year.|
|1922||The Loves of Pharaoh||Ernst Lubitsch||Emil Jannings||Long thought lost, it has been restored from various sources, though it still lacks 10 minutes of the roughly one hour and 50 minute original running time.|||
|1922||Phantom||F. W. Murnau|
|1922||Sherlock Holmes||Albert Parker||John Barrymore, Roland Young, William Powell||Film was restored over a thirty-year period from the original camera negatives at the George Eastman House.|||
|1922||The Young Rajah||Phil Rosen||Rudolph Valentino||A hodgepodge of surviving footage and still pictures allow only a peek into this very incomplete film.|
|1923||The Call of the Canyon||Victor Fleming||Richard Dix||Found in Russian state archives; Gosfilmofond(Moscow). Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010.|||
|1923||Canyon of the Fools||Val Paul||Found in Russian state archives; Gosfilmofond(Moscow). Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010.|||
|1923||Circus Days||Edward F. Cline||Jackie Coogan||Found in Russian state archives; Gosfilmofond (Moscow). Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010.|||
|1923||The Eternal Struggle||Reginald Barker||Renée Adorée||Found in Russian state archives; Gosfilmofond (Moscow). Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010.|||
|1923||Maytime||Louis J. Gasnier||Clara Bow, Ethel Shannon, Harrison Ford||Found in the New Zealand Film Archive in 2009; undergoing restoration.|||
|1923||Souls for Sale||Rupert Hughes||Eleanor Boardman||Discovered and restored in 2006 by Turner Classic Movies and MGM.|
|1923||The White Shadow||Graham Cutts||Betty Compson, Clive Brook, Henry Victor, A.B. Imeson||The first three of six reels were found in the New Zealand Film Archive in August 2011.|||
|1924||$20 A Week||Harmon F. Weight|
|1924||The Arab||Rex Ingram||Ramón Novarro, Alice Terry|||
|1924||The Breaking Point||Herbert Brenon|
|1924||Empty Hearts||Alfred Santell||John Bowers, Clara Bow|
|1924||Greed||Erich von Stroheim||Gibson Gowland, ZaSu Pitts, Jean Hersholt||Original version consisted of 42 reels and ran 7hr 42min. It was subsequently cut down to 140 minutes, and the full version has remained one of the most sought-after lost films in history. A four-hour version was compiled in 1999 by incorporating still photographs of the lost scenes.|
|1924||Pied Piper Malone||Alfred E. Green||Thomas Meighan, Lois Wilson, Emma Dunn||Discovered in a Russian film archive by historians Mark Tiedje and John Coles. It was screened in 2007 in Georgetown, South Carolina, where it was filmed.|
|1924||Venus of the South Seas||Annette Kellerman||Restored by Library of Congress in 2004. Last reel of 55-minute film is in Prizmacolor.|
|1925||Clash of the Wolves||Noel M. Smith||Rin Tin Tin, Charles Farrell, June Marlowe, Heinie Conklin||A 35mm projection print was uncovered in South Africa and repatriated to the United States. It underwent restoration and preservation in 2003.|
|1925||Keep Smiling||Albert Austin, Gilbert Pratt||Monty Banks||Found in Russian state archives. Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010.|||
|1925||The Lost World||Harry Hoyt||Bessie Love, Lewis Stone, Wallace Beery, Lloyd Hughes||Only 65 minutes abridged version existed until 1992, when Jan-Christopher Horak, formerly of George Eastman House, located a nearly full-length print at the Filmovy Archiv (Prague, Czech republic).|
|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 Carminati|
|1926||The Boob||William Wellman||Joan Crawford, George K. Arthur|
|1926||Camille||Fred Niblo||Norma Talmadge|
|1926||Exquisite Sinner||Josef von Sternberg||Conrad Nagel, Renée Adorée, George K. Arthur, Myrna Loy|
|1926||The Flaming Frontier||Edward Sedgwick||Hoot Gibson, Dustin Farnum|
|1926||His Busy Hour||J. P. McGowan||James Pierce||Thought lost until a print was discovered in the closet of a French asylum in the 1990s.|||
|1926||Mare Nostrum||Rex Ingram||Antonio Moreno, Alice Terry|
|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.|
|1926||You Never Know Women||Albert Ballin||Albert Ballin||This film, featuring an all deaf cast and produced as a fundraising tool to benefit the Lexington School for the Deaf in New York, was rediscovered in the 1980s.|
|1927||The Cave of the Silken Web||Dan Duyu||Yin Mingzhu||Thought lost until a copy surfaced in 2013 in the National Library of Norway in Mo i Rana.|
|1927||Duck Soup||Fred Guiol||Laurel & Hardy||Thought lost until a copy surfaced in 1974.|
|1927||Her Wild Oat||Marshall Neilan||Colleen Moore, Larry Kent, Hallam Cooley||Found by Hugh Neely in the Czech National Film Archive in Prague in 2001 and subsequently restored by the Academy Film Archive.|
|1927||It||Clarence G. Badger||Clara Bow||Believed lost until a print surfaced in Prague in the 1960s.|
|1927||The Magic Flame||Henry King||Ronald Colman, Vilma Bánky|
|1927||Metropolis||Fritz Lang||Alfred Abel, Brigitte Helm||Never fully lost. The full 153-minute version was discovered in an Argentina film museum in 2008, though two scenes were too badly damaged to repair. However, the film itself is now about 99% complete.|||
|1927||Mockery||Benjamin Christensen||Lon Chaney, Barbara Bedford, Ricardo Cortez||Rediscovered in the mid-1970s, it is available on DVD from Warner Bros.|
|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||Charles Farrell, Mary Astor, Noah Beery, George Bancroft|
|1927||Senorita||Alfred E. Green||Bebe Daniels|
|1927||Sorrell and Son||Herbert Brenon||H. B. Warner, Anna Q. Nilsson, Carmel Myers, Nils Asther, Louis Wolheim, Mary Nolan|
|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||Upstream||John Ford||Discovered in New Zealand in 2010 among 75 silent films being returned to the US, many of which were thought lost.|||
|1927||Wings||William A. Wellman||Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen, Gary Cooper||Found in the Cinémathèque Française film archive in Paris.|||
|1928||The Constant Nymph||Adrian Brunel||Ivor Novello, Benita Hume|||
|1928||The Crimson City||Archie Mayo||Myrna Loy, Conrad Nagel, Anna May Wong||A complete print was discovered in Argentina in 2008.|||
|1928||The Mating Call||James Cruze||Produced by Howard Hughes, and long thought lost until a print was found in his vault after his death.|||
|1928||The Racket||Lewis Milestone||Thomas Meighan, Marie Prevost, Louis Wolheim||Produced by Howard Hughes, and discovered following his death in his private collection.|
|1928||The Spanking Age||Robert F. McGowan||An Our Gang film thought to be lost, but discovered in 1990.|||
|1928||Tillie's Punctured Romance||A. Edward Sutherland||W. C. Fields|
|1928||Two Arabian Knights||Lewis Milestone||Produced by Howard Hughes, and long thought lost until a print was found in his vault after his death.|
|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|
|1930||The Bat Whispers||Roland West||One of the first films shot in widescreen. A complete print was discovered and restored in the late 1990s.|
|1930||Bed and Breakfast||Walter Forde||Jane Baxter
|It was found as a result of a 1992 British Film Institute campaign to search for lost films.|||
|1930||Limite||Mário Peixoto||Experimental silent feature made in Brazil. The restored complete version had its U.S. premiere in Brooklyn, New York in November 2010.|||
|1930||Mamba||Albert S. Rogell||Jean Hersholt
|Footage from the final reel (stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive) and all the Vitaphone soundtrack discs for this Technicolor film were originally thought to be the only elements from the film to survive. A complete print of the film, running nine reels, and four soundtrack discs were discovered in Australia in 2009.|
|1930||Wara Wara||José Maria Velasco Maidana||The only known surviving Bolivian film of the silent era. Discovered in a La Paz basement in 1989, it required over a decade of restoration and was not released until 2010.|||
|1931||Dick & Doof - Spuk um Mitternacht||James Parrott||Stan Laurel
|German version (spoken by Laurel and Hardy) of Laurel & Hardy's Berth Marks/The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case, found 2004 in Moscow's film archive.|||
|1931||Dracula||George Melford||Carlos Villarías, Lupita Tovar||This Spanish-language version was made at night, while Tod Browning's Dracula was filmed during the day, using the same sets. It was considered lost until a print was rediscovered in the 1970s.|||
|1931||The Ghost Train||Walter Forde||Jack Hulbert
|It was found as a result of a 1992 British Film Institute campaign to search for lost films.|||
|1931||Love and Duty||Bu Wancang||Ruan Lingyu||Silent film made in China, and rediscovered in Uruguay in the 1990s.|||
|1931||The Smiling Lieutenant||Ernst Lubitsch||Rediscovered in Denmark in the 1980s.|||
|1931||The Stolen Jools||William C. McGann||All-star cast||Made for a charity, film was discovered in the UK under its alternate title The Slippery Pearls.|
|1932||Condemned to Death||Walter Forde||Arthur Wontner
|It was found as a result of a 1992 British Film Institute campaign to search for lost films.|||
|1932||Doctor X||Michael Curtiz||Lee Tracy
|Technicolor version found in personal vault of Jack L. Warner.|
|1932||His Lordship||Michael Powell||Jerry Verno
|1932||The Most Dangerous Game||Irving Pichel
Ernest B. Schoedsack
|Fay Wray||A horror movie filmed on the same set as King Kong.|
|1932||The Old Dark House||James Whale||Boris Karloff
|Thought lost for decades, filmmaker Curtis Harrington discovered a print in the Universal Studios vault, which was restored by Eastman House.|||
|1932||Rynox||Michael Powell||Stuart Rome, John Longden||Found in the vaults of Pinewood Studios in 1990.|
|1933||Berkeley Square||Frank Lloyd||Leslie Howard, Heather Angel, Valerie Taylor||Rediscovered in the 1970s.|||
|1933||Blood Money||Rowland Brown||George Bancroft, Judith Anderson, Frances Dee||It was considered a "lost film for nearly 40 years before resurfacing".|||
|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||Hello Pop!||Jack Cummings||Ted Healy, The Three Stooges||Full Technicolor print found in Sydney, Australia in January 2013.|||
|1933||Laughter in Hell||Edward L. Cahn||Pat O'Brien,
|Long thought to be lost, a print of this gritty chain gang drama was found in mid-2012 and was screened by the American Cinematheque in Hollywood in October of that year.|
|1933||Mystery of the Wax Museum||Michael Curtiz||Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray||Technicolor version found in personal vault of Jack L. Warner.|||
|1933||Ojo Okichi (Miss Okichi)||Kenji Mizoguchi||Isuz Yamada||This film did not actually appear in official filmographies of Mizoguchi until a print was discovered in the vaults of Shochiku studios in 2008.|
|1933||Der Sieg des Glaubens||Leni Riefenstahl||Adolf Hitler||This 64-minute documentary was ordered destroyed by Hitler for showing Nazi party member Ernst Röhm, who had been murdered on Hitler's orders. A copy was found in Britain in the 1990s.|
|1933||This Week of Grace||Maurice Elvey||Gracie Fields, Henry Kendall, John Stuart||The comedy turned up as a result of the British Film Institute's 2010 drive to find missing films.|||
|1934||Of Human Bondage||John Cromwell||Leslie Howard, Bette Davis||The negative was discovered to have been destroyed in 1964 when actress Kim Novak requested a print. A copy was recovered several years later.|
|1935||Tag der Freiheit: Unsere Wehrmacht||Leni Riefenstahl||Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Rudolf Hess, Heinrich Himmler||Thought to have been lost following World War II, an incomplete print running 28 minutes was discovered in the 1970s.|
|1936||Border Vengeance||Ray Heinz||Reb Russell, Mary Jane Carey, Kenneth MacDonald||Formerly listed on the Internet Movie Database as a lost film, a copy was made available as a free download circa 2004 as part of the collection of the Internet Archive.|
|1936||The Flying Doctor||Miles Mander||Charles Farrell, Mary Maguire||The first eight of nine reels were saved by an Australian office worker who noticed a truck loaded with film cans driving past his window on its way to dispose of them. He gave chase in his car and rescued the film, which included the incomplete print of The Flying Doctor. Two years later, the shortened British version was discovered. Despite this print having been "totally rearranged", its eighth and last reel was found to take up exactly where the Australian one left off.|||
|1937||Summer Rain||Mario Monicelli||The first film to be directed by the then 21 years old Italian director Mario Monicelli, with the pseudonym of Michele Badiek. Never published for theatrical release, was thought to be a lost film until 2011, when some fragments were discovered in the editor's personal archive.|||
|1937||Slaves in Bondage||Elmer Clifton||Lona Andre, Donald Reed, Wheeler Oakman, Florence Dudley||Long listed on the Internet Movie Database as a lost film, it resurfaced on DVD in the mid-2000s.|
|1938||Too Much Johnson||Orson Welles||Joseph Cotten, Mary Wickes, Arlene Francis, Ruth Ford||The film was thought lost in a 1971 fire at Welles' home in Spain; footage was found in Pordenone, Italy and restored at George Eastman House for premiere in October 2013|||
|1939||Le Jour Se Lève||Marcel Carné||Jean Gabin, Jules Berry & Arletty||When RKO acquired the distribution rights to Le Jour se lève in preparation for remaking it as The Long Night, they also sought to buy up and destroy all available prints of the original film. For a time, it was thought that the French film had been lost completely, but copies re-appeared in the 1950s and its classic status was re-established.|
|1939||Smith||Michael Powell||Ralph Richardson & Flora Robson||A short film made in 1939 to promote an ex-servicemen's charity. It got caught up in the start of World War II and wasn't shown publicly. It wasn't even mentioned by Powell in his autobiography. A copy was found in 2003 and it had its first public screening in the UK in 2004, 65 years after it was completed.|
|1939||Tevya||Maurice Schwartz||Maurice Schwartz
|Long thought lost, a print was discovered and restored in 1978.|
|1940||Confucius||Fei Mu||A print was anonymously donated to the Hong Kong Film Archive in 2001.|||
|1940||Kampf um Norwegen – Feldzug 1940||Martin Rikli
|Found in Norway in 2005.|
|1941||Kukan||Rey Scott||An extant print of this Academy Award-winning documentary was located by Hawaiian filmmaker Robin Lung.|
|1945||Momotarō: Umi no Shinpei||Mitsuyo Seo||Japan's first feature animated film. Presumed to have been confiscated and burnt by the American occupation, but a negative was found in Shochiku's vault in 1984.|
|1955||The Noble Experiment||Tom Graeff||Tom Graeff||Surviving print found by Elle Schneider in Los Angeles.|
|1957||Final Curtain||Ed Wood||Duke Moore, Dudley Manlove||Found and restored in 2011, premiering in 2012 at the Slamdance Film Festival.|
|1959||Shadows||John Cassavetes||Cassavetes showed a 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 City Subway, and tracked down by cinema historian Ray Carney.|
|1964||Richard Burton's Hamlet||Bill Colleran||Richard Burton||By contractual agreement, all prints of the film were to have been destroyed after its theatrical run. However, a single print was discovered in Burton’s garage following his death.|
|1964||Batman Dracula||Andy Warhol||Jack Smith||Avant-garde film featuring Batman and Dracula. Thought to be lost for years until footage appeared in Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis.|
|1966||Incubus||Leslie Stevens||William Shatner||Surviving print found at Cinémathèque Française with French subtitles.|
|1966||Manos: The Hands of Fate||Harold P. Warren||Harold P. Warren, Tom Neyman||Almost completely unknown from after its release, when the art director's daughter failed to find prints, until its unearthing by the MST3K crew in 1993. Six minutes missing from the public domain DVD version are undergoing restoration.|
|1970||Heartbeat in the Brain||Joey Mellen||Amanda Feilding||Trepanation film with Feilding drilling a hole in her own head. Was due to be screened by Feilding at the ICA in April 2011, however she did not in the end take part in the event.|||
|1970||Sex Power||Henry Chapier||Jane Birkin||After a brief, limited theatrical release, the film was placed in storage and was presumed lost. The film was rediscovered and subsequently remastered for DVD release in 2010. Notable in part for its soundtrack by acclaimed composer Vangelis.|||
|1971||Wake in Fright||Ted Kotcheff||For many years, the only known print of Wake in Fright, found in Dublin, was considered of insufficient quality for transfer to DVD or videotape for commercial release. In response to this situation, Wake in Fright's editor, Anthony Buckley, began to search in 1994 for a better-preserved copy of the film in an uncut state. Ten years later, in Pittsburgh, Buckley found the negatives of Wake in Fright in a shipping container labelled "For Destruction". He rescued the material, which formed the basis for the film's painstaking 2009 restoration.|
|1971||Bun-Rye's Story||Yu Hyun-mok||Although once thought to be lost, a print of Bun-Rye's Story was recovered from overseas and restored by the Korean Film Council, who screened the film at their theater in northern Seoul on 18 May 2009.|||
|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.|||
|1971||Black Love||Herschell Gordon Lewis||This independent film was re-released in January, 2013, on DVD by Vinegar Syndrome and marketed as a "previously thought lost" sexploitation feature. It was one of three films restored by the company Process Blue, using an original camera negative, through funds raised on Kickstarter.|||
|Marjoe Gortner||Although released on VHS, the film had long been out of print and had deteriorated. In 2002 the negative and other elements were found in a vault in New York City.|
|1972||An American Hippie in Israel||Amos Sefer||Asher Tzarfati|||
|1972||Born to Boogie||Ringo Starr||Marc Bolan, Elton John||Although released on VHS, the original print remained in storage and was presumed lost. The film was rediscovered and subsequently remastered for DVD release in 2005.|
|1973||Amore||Henry Chapier||Sonia Petrovna||After a brief, limited theatrical release, the film was placed in storage and was presumed lost. The film was rediscovered and subsequently remastered for online release in 2012. Notable in part for its soundtrack by acclaimed composer Vangelis.|||
|Roberts Blossom||Disappeared after its release in 1974, and was later rediscovered in Florida.|
|1978||Showdown at the Cotton Mill||Chi Ping Chang
San Lin Chen
|Ma Wu||Discovered in a Taiwanese film vault.|
|1980||Black Angel||Roger Christian||Rediscovered in December 2011 by an archivist at Universal Studios.|||
|1981||Escape from New York||John Carpenter||Kurt Russell||A workprint containing deleted scenes that was thought to be lost eventually turned up in the Hutchinson, Kansas salt-mine film depository.|
|1985||Santo Gold's Blood Circus||Santo Rigatuso||Rediscovered in 2008.|
|1997||Event Horizon||Paul W. S. Anderson||Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill||Over 20 minutes was cut by the studio after poor test reactions and was presumed lost. Some additional scenes survived as a workprint. In 2012, producer Lloyd Levin discovered a VHS copy of the original edit.|
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