1917 in film was a particularly fruitful year for the art form, and is often cited as one of the years in the decade which contributed to the medium the most, along with 1913. Secondarily the year saw a limited global embrace of narrative film-making and featured innovative techniques such as continuity cutting. Primarily, the year is an American landmark, as 1917 is the first year where the narrative and visual style is typified as "Classical Hollywood".
Buster Keaton first meets Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle in New York and is hired as a co-star and gag man. April 23 - Release in the United States of the short
, the first of The Butcher Boy Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's series of films with the Comique Film Corporation, and Buster Keaton's film debut. April 25 -
Thomas Lincoln Tally, in a meeting in New York, co-founds the First National Exhibitors Circuit.   September 13 - Release in the United States of
, the first film made in The Gulf Between Technicolor System 1, a two-color process. November 9 - World's first
feature-length animated film is made in Argentina by Quirino Cristiani ( ) El Apóstol December 18 - Foundation of
Universum Film AG (UƒA), as a propaganda film company, in Berlin.
Movette, another revision of the 17.5 mm film format, is made available.
Top-grossing films (U.S.) [ edit ]
Notable films released in 1917 [ edit ]
U.S.A. unless stated
, a The Adventurer Charlie Chaplin short.
, a All Aboard Harold Lloyd short
, starring The Bad Boy Robert Harron, Mildred Harris, Colleen Moore
(aka The Polish Dancer), starring Bestia Pola Negri - ( Poland)
, directed by Bucking Broadway John Ford, starring Harry Carey
, starring The Butcher Boy "Fatty" Arbuckle with Buster Keaton
, starring Camille Theda Bara
, starring Cleopatra Theda Bara
(Az Ezredes), directed by The Colonel Michael Curtiz, starring Bela Lugosi - ( Hungary)
, a Coney Island 'Fatty' Arbuckle / Buster Keaton short.
, a The Cure Charlie Chaplin short.
directed by Dombey and Son Maurice Elvey and starring Hayford Hobbs - ( GB)
(Umirayushchii Lebed) - ( The Dying Swan U.S.S.R.)
, starring Easy Street Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance
(The Apostle), animated by El Apóstol Quirino Cristiani - ( Argentina)
directed by Fear Robert Wiene and starring Conrad Veidt - ( Germany)
directed by Frank Hansen's Fortune Viggo Larsen - ( Germany)
directed by The Gay Lord Quex Maurice Elvey and starring Ben Webster and Irene Vanbrugh - ( GB)
, a drama western starring Golden Rule Kate Louise Glaum
, starring Great Expectations Jack Pickford
, All The Gulf Between color movie.
, directed by Harrison and Barrison Alexander Korda, starring Márton Rátkai - ( Hungary)
, directed by Her Right to Live Paul Scardon, starring Peggy Hyland, Antonio Moreno, Mae Costello, John S. Robertson
, a His Wedding Night 'Fatty' Arbuckle / Buster Keaton short.
, starring The Immigrant Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance
, starring A Kentucky Cinderella Ruth Clifford
, directed by The Labour Leader Thomas Bentley, starring Owen Nares, Fay Compton - ( GB)
, starring The Little American Mary Pickford; directed by Cecil B. DeMille.
, directed by A Little Princess Marshall Neilan, starring Mary Pickford, Norman Kerry, ZaSu Pitts
Der Magische Gürtel ("The Magic Girdle") ( Germany)
(Terje Vigen), directed by A Man There Was Victor Sjöström - ( Sweden)
, starring The Man Without a Country Florence La Badie
, directed by The Marriage of Luise Rohrbach Rudolf Biebrach, starring Henny Porten, Emil Jannings - ( Germany)
, a Oh Doctor! 'Fatty' Arbuckle / Buster Keaton short.
directed by One Law for Both Ivan Abramson
(Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray) - ( The Picture of Dorian Gray Germany)
, starring The Poor Little Rich Girl Mary Pickford
, starring Raffles the Amateur Cracksman John Barrymore
Advertisement, August 1917
, starring Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Mary Pickford
, a A Reckless Romeo 'Fatty' Arbuckle short.
, directed by A Romance of the Redwoods Cecil B. DeMille, starring Mary Pickford
, a The Rough House 'Fatty' Arbuckle / Buster Keaton short.
(Satana likuyushchiy) - ( Satan Triumphant U.S.S.R.)
, starring Souls Triumphant Lillian Gish
, directed by Straight Shooting John Ford
, starring The Sultan's Wife Gloria Swanson
, a Keystone comedy starring Teddy at the Throttle Gloria Swanson
- ( Thaïs Italy)
, starring Tom Sawyer Jack Pickford
, directed by The Tornado John Ford (his debut)
(Mater Dolorosa), directed by The Torture of Silence Abel Gance - ( France)
U-Boote Heraus! ("U-Boat Release") ( Germany)
, starring Wild and Woolly Douglas Fairbanks
Comedy film series [ edit ]
January 2 -
Vera Zorina, dancer, actress (died 2003) January 5 -
Jane Wyman, actress (died 2007) January 10 -
Hilde Krahl, actress (died 1999) January 21 -
Lally Bowers, English actress and singer (died 1984) January 24 -
Ernest Borgnine, actor (died 2012) February 6 -
Zsa Zsa Gabor, actress February 21 -
Lucille Bremer, actress (died 1996) March 2 -
Desi Arnaz, actor (died 1986) March 12 -
Googie Withers, actress (died 2011) March 22 -
Virginia Grey, actress (died 2004) April 14 -
Valerie Hobson, actress (died 1998) April 29
May 1 -
Danielle Darrieux, actress May 10 -
Margo, actress (died 1985) May 16 -
George Gaynes, actor (died 2016) May 21 -
Raymond Burr, actor (died 1993) May 25 -
Steve Cochran, actor (died 1965) June 7 -
Dean Martin, singer, actor (died 1995) June 30
July 8 -
Faye Emerson, actress (died 1983) July 17 -
Phyllis Diller, comedian, actress (died 2012) July 26 -
Lorna Gray, actress August 6 -
Robert Mitchum, actor (died 1997) August 8 -
Earl Cameron, actor August 25 -
Mel Ferrer, actor (died 2008) September 9 -
Rolf Wenkhaus, actor (died 1942) September 11 -
Herbert Lom, actor (died 2012) October 7
October 16 -
Alice Pearce, actress (died 1966) October 17 -
Marsha Hunt, U.S. actress October 22 -
Joan Fontaine, actress (died 2013) November 2 -
Ann Rutherford, actress (died 2012) November 4 -
Virginia Field, actress (died 1992) December 7 -
Hurd Hatfield, actor (died 1998) December 22 -
Frankie Darro, actor (died 1976)
February 21 -
Fred Mace, 38, American actor & comedian, , What Happened to Jones His Last Scent (short), A Lover's Might (short), The Love Comet (short) March 6 -
Valdemar Psilander, 32, Danish actor, , Rytterstatuen , Lykken , Lydia , Klovnen , Favoriten , In Defense of a Nation John Redmond, the Evangelist July 2 -
Herbert Beerbohm Tree, 64, English stage & screen actor, ; Beerbohm Tree, The Great English Actor ; Henry VIII ; Macbeth ; Trilby The Old Folks at Home October 13 -
Florence La Badie, 29, American actress, , The Man Without a Country , War and the Woman , The Woman in White When Love was Blind October 25 -
Jack Standing, 31, English actor, , With Hoops of Steel , The Curse of Eve , The Innocent Sinner , The Price of Her Soul One Touch of Sin November 5 -
Howell Hansel, 46, American actor and director December 20 -
Eric Campbell, 38, Scottish actor, , The Immigrant , Behind the Screen , The Count , Easy Street The Adventurer (short), The Cure (short)
Film debuts [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Films of the Golden Age.
^ First National filmography.