List of incomplete or partially lost films

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The following is a list of notable films that are incomplete or partially lost. For films in which no part of a print or footage (including trailers) is known to have survived, see List of lost films.

Theda Bara in Cleopatra (1917). Most of her over forty silent films were destroyed in a film vault fire in 1937.

Silent films[edit]

1900s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1903 Kit Carson, or The Pioneers Wallace McCutcheon, Sr. One of the earliest Westerns and an attempt to tell a story in multiple scenes made slightly prior to The Great Train Robbery. Released both as a coherent 21-minute film and in the form of single scenes designed for use in Mutoscopes. Some of the Mutoscope subjects have survived, but the full film has never been found.
1905 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes J. Stuart Blackton Maurice Costello, H. Kyrle Bellew First dramatic Sherlock Holmes adaptation on film and the screen debut of actor Maurice Costello. All that exists are short strips of scenes deposited for copyright purposes in the Library of Congress. [1]
1906 The Story of the Kelly Gang Charles Tait Frank Mills Only 17 minutes of this 70-minute feature survive; it is often considered to be the world's first feature-length motion picture. [2]

1910s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1910 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Otis Turner? Bebe Daniels The ending credits are missing, leaving the cast and crew as a mystery.
1911 At a Quarter of Two Thomas H. Ince? Mary Pickford, King Baggot Fragments in the Library of Congress have been identified as being from this film. [3][4]
Their First Misunderstanding Thomas H. Ince, George Loane Tucker Mary Pickford, Owen Moore A one-reel short. The majority of the film was recovered in 2006, but the first minute or so remains missing. [5][6]
A Victim of the Mormons August Blom Valdemar Psilander, Clara Pontoppidan Danish film that initiated a decade of anti-Mormon propaganda films in America. Only about half of the 60-minute feature has been found, a copy of which is preserved at the LDS archive in Salt Lake City. [7]
1912 With Our King and Queen Through India British documentary depicting celebrations in India for the coronation of George V. Originally released in color, but now only available in black & white; surviving print is about two hours, but the original cut may have been as long as six hours.
1913 The Adventures of Kathlyn Francis J. Grandon Kathlyn Williams La Cineteca del Friuli film archive has the first of 13 episodes of the second American serial ever made. The EYE Film Institute Netherlands also has print fragments. [8]
The Inside of the White Slave Traffic Frank Beal Edwin Carewe
Jean Thomas
Two reels of this four reel drama have survived. [9]
Poor Jake's Demise Allen Curtis Max Asher, Lon Chaney A fragment of the film was discovered in England in May 2006 and is in the possession of Lobster Films. [10]
Raja Harishchandra D. G. Phalke D. D. Dabke
P.G. Sane
The first Indian feature film. The National Film Archive of India has two reels containing the first and last of four parts of the work. [11]
Who Will Marry Mary? Mary Fuller, Ben F. Wilson Incomplete prints of episodes one and five (of six) survive, in the EYE Film Instituut Nederland archive and at Keene Stage College respectively. [12]
1914 The Active Life of Dolly of the Dailies Walter Edwin Mary Fuller, Yale Boss Chapter five of this twelve-part serial was discovered in 2009 in the New Zealand Film Archive. The BFI National Archive has chapter ten. [13][14]
The Battle of the Sexes D. W. Griffith Lillian Gish, Donald Crisp Griffith's second feature, and his first released for Reliance-Majestic. Only a two-minute fragment survives. [15]
A Good Little Devil Edwin S. Porter Mary Pickford One of five reels survives in the National Film and Television Archive. [16][17]
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. [18][19]
1914-
1917
The Hazards of Helen J. P. McGowan, James Davis Helen Holmes This is believed to be the longest serial ever made, 23.8 hours long with 119 12-minute episodes. Surviving episodes are scattered among various film archives, including the Library of Congress, the National Film and Television Archive and the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House. [20]
1914 The Indian Wars William F. Cody Cody stars as himself in this early movie version of the Indian Wars; also stars Nelson Appleton Miles and Black Elk; released 1917. One minute and 58 seconds of footage is held by the McCracken Research Library or the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and can be viewed online (see reference). [21]
Lucille Love, Girl of Mystery Francis Ford Grace Cunard, Francis Ford Four of 15 episodes survive. [22]
The Master Key Robert Z. Leonard Robert Z. Leonard, Ella Hall, Harry Carter Episode 5 of 15 resides in the Library of Congress [23]
My Official Wife James Young Clara Kimball Young The story concerns Helen Marie, a woman on the run from the St. Petersburg police, who plots to assassinate the Tsar. Only about 45 seconds of this film exists. These fragments contain an extra mistakenly said to be Leon Trotsky. In fact, Trotsky was not yet in the United States when this was filmed. [24]
Neptune's Daughter Herbert Brenon Annette Kellerman The Gosfilmofond film archive possesses one reel, which Australia's National Film and Sound Archive copied. [25]
The Perils of Pauline George B. Seitz Pearl White Of the original 20-chapter serial running 410 minutes, only a 90-minute version, released in Europe in 1916, is known to exist.
1915 The Battle Cry of Peace J. Stuart Blackton Charles Richman
L. Rogers Lytton
Mary Maurice
Pro-armaments epic and the most expensive production undertaken by Vitagraph. One reel reported in Europe; fragments of battle scenes, culled from stock shot libraries, reside at George Eastman House. [26][27]
The Carpet from Bagdad Colin Campbell Kathlyn Williams, Wheeler Oakman, Guy Oliver One reel of five was salvaged from the wreck of the RMS Lusitania with a few feet of recoverable images. [28]
The Millionaire Paupers Joe De Grasse Lon Chaney, Sr. Only a fragment of the film survives. [29]
1916 La falena Carmine Gallone Lyda Borelli The Cineteca Italiana film archive possesses a fragmentary print. [30]
The Fall of a Nation Thomas Dixon Lorraine Huling A few frames survive of this sequel to The Birth of a Nation (1915). [31]
Intolerance D. W. Griffith Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Constance Talmadge Still frames from several scene have survived and incorporated into the print compiled by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. These scenes were probably part of the original cut of the film but eliminated by Griffith in subsequent reissues. [32]
The Iron Claw George B. Seitz, Edward José Pearl White, Creighton Hale The UCLA Film and Television Archive possesses episode 7 of this 20-part serial. [33]
Kiss of Death Victor Sjöström Victor Sjöström The Cinémathèque Française film archive has approximately 30 minutes of the film. [34]
The Last Egyptian J. Farrell MacDonald J. Farrell MacDonald, Howard Davies, J. Charles Haydon, Vivian Reed Three of the film's five reels are housed in the Museum of Modern Art. [35]
The Moment Before Robert G. Vignola Pauline Frederick A nearly complete print, lacking only the opening scene, is in the possession of the Cineteca Nazionale film archive in Rome. [36][37]
The Place Beyond the Winds Joe De Grasse Lon Chaney, Sr. Four of the five reels are in the film archive of the Library of Congress. [38]
Ramona Donald Crisp Adda Gleason, Mabel Van Buren The Library of Congress has reel 5. [39]
Snow White J. Searle Dawley Marguerite Clark, Creighton Hale

It was considered a lost film, thought to have been destroyed in a vault fire. A "substantially complete" print with Dutch intertitles, missing a few scenes, was found in Amsterdam in 1992 and restored at George Eastman House.[40]

The Wings Mauritz Stiller Egil Eide
Lars Hanson
A copy of the central section surfaced in 1987 and was shown by the Swedish Film Institute. [41]
1917 Cleopatra J. Gordon Edwards Theda Bara Approximately 40 seconds exist at George Eastman House. [42]
The Devil-Stone Cecil B. DeMille Geraldine Farrar Two reels of this six-reel feature film, originally with Handschiegl Color Process sequences, are in the AFI Collection of the Library of Congress. [43][44]
The Gulf Between Wray Bartlett Physioc Grace Darmond, Niles Welch Of the first Technicolor film, "very short fragments survive at the Margaret Herrick Library, George Eastman House and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History Photography Dept."[45] [46]
Nuts in May Robin Williamson Stan Laurel Only 60 seconds of footage remain of Laurel's first film.[citation needed] Part of the short lives on in scenes inserted into the 1922 extant short Mixed Nuts.[47]
The Red Ace Jacques Jaccard Marie Walcamp Originally a 16-episode serial, only episode 7 survives in the film archive of the Library of Congress. [48]
The Secret Man John Ford Harry Carey Two of the five reels are in the Library of Congress film archive. [49]
The Seven Pearls Louis J. Gasnier, Donald MacKenzie Mollie King, Creighton Hale Fragmentary prints of this serial are held by the Library of Congress (Public Archives of Canada/Dawson City collection). [50]
The Sin Woman Irene Fenwick A trailer survives in the National Film and Sound Archive and the Academy Film Archive. [51]
Triumph Joe De Grasse Lon Chaney, Sr. Three of the five reels survive. [52]
1918 The Ghost of Slumber Mountain Willis O'Brien Herbert M. Dawley, Willis O'Brien Only 19 minutes survive.
Hands Up! Louis J. Gasnier, James W. Horne Ruth Roland, George Larkin Only a "promotional short film" of this 15-part serial remains, in the UCLA Film and Television Archive. [53]
He Comes Up Smiling Allan Dwan Douglas Fairbanks [54]
The House of Hate George B. Seitz Pearl White, Antonio Moreno An incomplete print of this 20-part serial is in the Gosfilmofond film archive with Russian and/or Ukrainian subtitles. [55]
Riddle Gawne William S. Hart
Lambert Hillyer
Lon Chaney, Sr. One of the five reels is in the film archive of the Library of Congress. [56]
The Scarlet Drop John Ford Harry Carey The Getty Images Archive possesses just over 30 minutes of footage. [57]
1919 Auction of Souls Oscar Apfel Aurora Mardiganian A 24-minute segment was restored and edited from a surviving reel in Soviet Armenia. It released in 2009 by the Armenian Genocide Resource Center of Northern California. [58]
Bound and Gagged George B. Seitz Marguerite Courtot, George B. Seitz Four of the ten episodes of this spoof serial survive in the Library of Congress film archive. [59]
A Gun Fightin' Gentleman John Ford Harry Carey
John Ford
Only three reels of originally five or six are believed to have survived. [60]
J'accuse Abel Gance Séverin-Mars The original film was in four episodes with a film length of 5,250 metres (17,220 ft). The most complete reconstruction is 3,525 metres (11,565 ft) long.
Just Squaw George E. Middleton Beatriz Michelena The Library of Congress has four of five reels. [61]
Der Knabe in blau (The Boy in Blue) F. W. Murnau Blandine Ebinger Murnau's debut film. The Deutsche Kinemathek film archive possesses 35 small fragments ranging from two to eleven frames in length. [62]
The Miracle Man George Loane Tucker Thomas Meighan
Lon Chaney, Sr.
About three minutes survive, including two clips in compilation films released by Paramount: The House That Shadows Built (1931) and Movie Memories (1935). [63]
The Tiger's Trail Robert Ellis, Louis J. Gasnier, Paul Hurst Ruth Roland, George Larkin A "fragmentary print" of the 15-episode serial exists. [64]
The Toilers Tom Watts Manora Thew, George Dewhurst, Gwynne Herbert, Ronald Colman Two of five reels survive. [65]

1920s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1920 Daredevil Jack W. S. Van Dyke Jack Dempsey, Josie Sedgwick Episodes 1-4 and one unidentified one of the 15 episodes of this adventure serial are in the UCLA Film & Television Archive. [66]
Robbery Under Arms Kenneth Brampton Kenneth Brampton, S. A. Fitzgerald A "copy comprising about three quarters" of this Australian production was found and combined with already known footage to produce a near-complete version. A five-minute sequence is still missing. [67]
The Third Eye James W. Horne Warner Oland, Eileen Percy A "fragmentary print" survives. [68]
1921 The Adventures of Tarzan Robert F. Hill Elmo Lincoln, Louise Lorraine Originally released as a 15-chapter movie serial, only the 10-chapter 1928 re-release remains.
The Blue Fox Duke Worne Ann Little The UCLA Film and Television Archive has chapters 1-12 in its collection; episodes 13-15 are believed to be lost. [69]
The Centaurs Winsor McCay Ninety seconds of footage of this animated film survives.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Emmett J. Flynn, Pauline Starke Harry Myers According to silentera.com, reels 2, 4 and 7 remain of the original eight. [70]
Daniel Sarah Bernhardt A five-minute fragment is housed in the WPA Film Library and the British Pathé film archive. The latter allows a clip of the final scene to be viewed online.[71] [72]
Devil Dog Dawson Jack Hoxie Jack Hoxie, Helene Rosson, Evelyn Selbie Thirty-eight seconds of footage from this Western, found in a mislabeled tin, were the subject of an investigation in a 2006 episode of the PBS series History Detectives. [73]
Disraeli Henry Kolker George Arliss The entire film was screened at the Museum of Modern Art in 1947. Reel 3 is held at George Eastman House. A complete print is reputedly held at the Gosfilmofond in Moscow. [74]
How Kitchener Was Betrayed Percy Nash Fred Paul, Winifred Evans, Bertram Berleigh Only one of its six reels is known to survive.
The Mechanical Man Andre Deed Gabriel Moreau, Valentina Frascaroli, Fernando Vivas-May Originally around an hour long, only about 26 minutes remain.
The Queen of Sheba J. Gordon Edwards Betty Blythe Seventeen seconds of footage has tentatively been identified as being from this film. [75]
The White Horseman Albert Russell Art Acord, Eva Forrestor A "handful of print clippings" remain of this Western serial. [76]
1922 Anna Ascends Victor Fleming Alice Brady, Robert Ellis A six-minute fragment of the film remains. [77][78]
A Dangerous Adventure Sam Warner, Jack Warner Grace Darmond, Philo McCullough, Derelys Perdue, Mabel Stark The UCLA Film and Television Archive has episodes 1-11 and 13-15 of the 15-chapter serial with the exception of episode 12. [79]
The Loves of Pharaoh Ernst Lubitsch Emil Jannings Long thought lost completely, it has been restored from various sources, but still lacks 10 minutes of the roughly one hour and 50 minute original running time. [80]
Marizza F. W. Murnau Tzwetta Tzatschewa The Cineteca Nazionale film archive possesses a fragmentary print of the first reel. [81]
Sherlock Holmes Albert Parker John Barrymore Once thought lost. A jumble of negative takes was rediscovered in the 1970s and the film reconstructed in 1975 and again in 2001. [82]
The Timber Queen Fred Jackman Ruth Roland, Bruce Gordon The UCLA Film and Television Archive has episodes one, four, eight and nine of 15, as does a private collection. [83]
The Toll of the Sea Chester M. Franklin Anna May Wong, Kenneth Harlan The UCLA Film and Television Archive, under the supervision of Robert Gitt and Richard Dayton, restored the film from the 35mm nitrate film original camera negative in 1985.[84] As the final two reels were missing, Gitt and Dayton used "an original two-color Technicolor camera" to shoot a sunset on a California beach, "much as the film's original closing must have looked."[84]
The Village Blacksmith John Ford Will Walling, Virginia True Boardman One of the eight reels survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archive. [85]
The Young Rajah Phil Rosen Rudolph Valentino An incomplete 16mm reduction positive, missing the first third, resides in the Library of Moving Images. Turner Classic Movies financed a restoration using surviving footage from the film and trailers, still photos and title cards to bridge the gaps. [86][87]
1923 The Darling of New York King Baggot Baby Peggy One of the popular "Baby Peggy" movies. Only the last reel showing the fire exists.[88] It has been restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[89]
Flaming Youth John Francis Dillon Colleen Moore Only one reel and a film trailer exist. [90]
In the Days of Daniel Boone William James Craft Charles Brinley, Jack Mower The trailer of this 15-episode Western serial is available on the DVD More Treasures from American film archives, 1894–1931 : 50 films. [91]
Lost and Found on a South Sea Island Raoul Walsh House Peters, Pauline Starke, Antonio Moreno, Rosemary Theby One reel survives. Last copy destroyed in 1967 MGM archive [92]
La Roue Abel Gance Séverin-Mars The original version encompassed 32 reels, which ran for either seven and a half or nine hours (sources disagree). In 1924, Gance edited it down to two and a half hours for general distribution. A modern reconstruction from five different versions, available on DVD, is nearly four and a half hours long. [93][94]
The White Shadow Graham Cutts Betty Compson Alfred Hitchcock received his first screen credit, as a writer and assistant director. Three of the six reels were found in New Zealand in August 2011. [95]
1924 The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln Phil Rosen George A. Billings Incomplete prints of the film, including some color-tinted and color-toned footage, exist in various film archives, including the National Film and Sound Archive and the Library of Congress. [96]
Fast and Fearless Richard Thorpe Buffalo Bill, Jr., Jean Arthur Reel two of five is in the Library of Congress. [97]
The Fast Express William Duncan William Duncan, Edith Johnson A fragmentary print of this 15-episode serial exists. [98]
Greed Erich von Stroheim Initially running 9 and a half hours, the film was cut by Von Stroheim to just under four hours, and then trimmed by the studio to 140 minutes of surviving footage. The remaining footage was later accidentally discarded by a janitor while cleaning the vaults. Today the 140-minute version survives, along with a few stills from some of the lost scenes.
Reveille George Pearson Betty Balfour, Stewart Rome, Ralph Forbes Part of the BFI 75 Most Wanted. At least some sequences are known to survive in private hands. [99]
A Sainted Devil Joseph Henabery Rudolph Valentino, Nita Naldi Less than one reel has survived. [100]
A Self-Made Failure William Beaudine Lloyd Hamilton, Ben Alexander, Matt Moore One of the longest feature comedies up to that time. A trailer, only, survives at the Library of Congress.
Through the Dark George W. Hill Forrest Stanley, Colleen Moore The last two reels, 7 and 8, are missing. [101]
The Wife of the Centaur King Vidor Eleanor Boardman, John Gilbert Four seconds of Boardman can be seen in the MGM promotional short Twenty Years After.
1925 The Air Mail Irvin Willat Warner Baxter, Billie Dove, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Only four of eight reels survive in the Library of Congress [102][103]
Body and Soul Oscar Micheaux Paul Robeson Originally running nine reels, it was cut to five reels to gain approval from New York censors. The surviving copy is based on the censor-approved edited version; the original nine-reel version is considered lost.
The Lost World Harry Hoyt Wallace Beery
Bessie Love
Lewis Stone
It initially had a running time of 106 minutes. Though partially restored, the longest cut runs at approximately 100 minutes.
Confessions of a Queen Victor Sjöström Alice Terry, John Bowers, Lewis Stone Originally running five reels (64 minutes), the last reel has never been found.
1926 The American Venus Frank Tuttle Esther Ralston, Louise Brooks Two trailers and a short color clip are held by the Library of Congress. [91]
Bardelys the Magnificent King Vidor John Gilbert, Eleanor Boardman Long thought to have been lost, a nearly complete print was found. It is missing reel three. [104]
Camille Fred Niblo Norma Talmadge An incomplete 35mm positive print exists in the Raymond Rohauer collection of the Cohen Media Group [105]
The Great Gatsby Herbert Brenon Warner Baxter, Lois Wilson A one-minute trailer exists. [106]
Just Another Blonde Alfred Santell Dorothy Mackaill, Louise Brooks The UCLA Film and Television Archive possesses a fragmentary 20 minutes of this film. [107]
Mademoiselle from Armentieres Maurice Elvey Estelle Brody, John Stuart The BFI National Archive possesses fragments amounting to about a third of the film (2850 of 7900 feet). [108]
The Silent Flyer William James Craft Silver Streak, Malcolm McGregor, Louise Lorraine Produced by Samuel Bischoff and Nat Levine. The trailer survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archive and is available on the DVD More Treasures from American film archives, 1894–1931 : 50 films. [91]
The Song and Dance Man Herbert Brenon Tom Moore, Bessie Love Most of the film is extant at the Library of Congress except for reels 1 & 2. Reels 3 to 7 survive in the Library
1927 The Battle of the Century Clyde Bruckman Laurel and Hardy For decades, the excerpt included in the 1957 compilation film The Golden Age of Comedy was thought to be the only remaining footage, until the first reel (featuring a boxing match) was found in the late 1970s. Scenes featuring Eugene Pallette, and a final climatic gag showing a cop receiving a pie in the face are still missing. In June 2015, the second reel was discovered in a private collection. [109][110]
Cradle Snatchers Howard Hawks Louise Fazenda, Dorothy Phillips
Ethel Wales
Rediscovered by Peter Bogdanovich in the 1970s at the Fox vault, it is still missing half of reel 3 and all of reel 4.
The Dove Roland West Norma Talmadge The Library of Congress has reels 1, 3, 4 and 8. Still missing are reels 2, 5, 6, 7 and 9.
The Enemy Fred Niblo Lillian Gish The MGM film library is in possession of a print lacking the last reel. [111]
For the Term of His Natural Life Norman Dawn George Fisher, Eva Novak, Dunstan Webb This Australian film was reconstructed from incomplete Australian and American prints and other sources. The remaining gaps were covered by new titles and montages of stills. [67]
Isle of Sunken Gold Harry S. Webb Anita Stewart, Duke Kahanamoku Chapters 4-6 and reel 1 of chapter 7 have been found and are held by Collectie Filmcollectief in the Netherlands. [112]
King of the Jungle Webster Cullison Elmo Lincoln, Sally Long Only the trailer of this ten-episode serial survives. [113]
Metropolis Fritz Lang Alfred Abel, Brigitte Helm About a quarter of the film was believed to have been lost forever prior to 2008. A complete print was rediscovered in Argentina in 2008, but two scenes were too damaged to repair, and thus are technically still "missing" when it comes to viewing the film. However, 99% of the film is now intact and fully restored.
Napoléon Abel Gance Albert Dieudonné Gance's film was released in a number of versions with a wide range of running times, up to nine hours and 22 minutes for the version définitive. The latest reconstruction by film historian Kevin Brownlow lasts five hours and 32 minutes.
Now I'll Tell One James Parrott Laurel and Hardy The first reel is missing.
The Private Life of Helen of Troy Alexander Korda María Corda One reel of the Academy Award-nominated film exists in the British Film Institute.
The Return of the Riddle Rider Robert F. Hill William Desmond, Lola Todd A trailer remains of this ten-part serial. [114]
Rough House Rosie Frank R. Strayer Clara Bow, Reed Howes A comedic boxing film despite Bow's starring role. Made in 1927, a popular period for the boxing genre, especially after the famous Tunney-Dempsey fight of 1926 and its famous sequel, The Long Count Fight of 1927. A 54-second trailer survives. [115][116]
The Way of All Flesh Victor Fleming Emil Jannings The only "lost" Academy Award-winning performance. Two fragments, totaling about seven minutes, have been recovered. [117]
Whispering Smith Rides Ray Taylor Wallace MacDonald, Rose Blossom A trailer for this ten-part serial survives. [118]
1928 The Adorable Outcast Norman Dawn Edith Roberts, Edmund Burns, Walter Long Fifteen minutes of the film are in the possession of Australia's National Film and Sound Archive. [119]
The Arcadians Victor Saville Ben Blue, Jeanne De Casalis, Vesta Sylva Part of the BFI 75 Most Wanted missing films. The British Film Institute has noted, however, that an "incomplete and deteriorating nitrate print ... was apparently viewed prior to July 2008".[120]
Beware of Married Men Archie Mayo Irene Rich, Clyde Cook, Myrna Loy One reel was found in the UCLA Film and Television Archive. [121]
Beau Sabreur John Waters Gary Cooper
Evelyn Brent
A trailer is included in the DVD More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894–1931. [91]
The Divine Woman Victor Sjöström Greta Garbo One reel was found in a Russian film archive and has been shown on Turner Classic Movies. Another short excerpt was found in a Swedish newsreel and has been shown at Filmhuset in Sweden.
A Final Reckoning Ray Taylor Newton House, Louise Lorraine There is a trailer of this twelve-episode serial. [122]
Manhattan Cocktail Dorothy Arzner Nancy Carroll A one-minute montage sequence, Skyline Dance by Slavko Vorkapich, was released in October 2005 in the DVD collection Unseen Cinema. [123]
The Man Without a Face Spencer Gordon Bennet Allene Ray, Walter Miller A fragmentary print of this ten-part serial exists. [124]
The Patriot Ernst Lubitsch Emil Jannings A few fragments and a trailer survive at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. A six-minute reel was found in the Portuguese Archive and copied to safety stock. [125]
Red Hair Clarence G. Badger Clara Bow, Lane Chandler A part-color silent movie. The UCLA Film and Television Archive has fragments which were shown in the 2004 UCLA Festival of Preservation. [126][127]
Sadie Thompson Raoul Walsh Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore The final reel (approximately 10 minutes) is missing. Most of film survives in good condition and has been released on DVD.
Say It with Sables Frank Capra Francis X. Bushman, Helene Chadwick, Margaret Livingston A trailer exists. [128]
The Terrible People Spencer Gordon Bennet Allene Ray, Walter Miller A "fragmentary print" of this serial is said to exist. [129]
Three Weekends Clarence G. Badger Clara Bow The UCLA Film and Television Archive has fragments which were shown in the 2004 UCLA Festival of Preservation. [126]
The Wedding March Erich von Stroheim Erich von Stroheim, Fay Wray Stroheim's first rough cut was 11 hours long. He intended to make it a two-part film, with the second part to be called The Honeymoon. The Honeymoon is presumed lost. [130]
1929 The Case of Lena Smith Josef von Sternberg Esther Ralston A four-minute segment was shown at the 2003 Pordenone Silent Film Festival. [131]
Strong Boy John Ford Victor McLaglen, Leatrice Joy The New Zealand Film Archive has a theatrical trailer, and there may be a print in Australia, according to silentera.com. [132]
Thunder William Nigh Lon Chaney, Sr. Chaney's last silent film; several clips exist.

Sound films[edit]

1920s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1928 Melody Of Love Arch Heath Walter Pidgeon, Mildred Harris Universal's first all talkie. According to silentera.com, an incomplete print exists. [133]
My Man Archie Mayo Fanny Brice (Part-talkie) Reels 1, 2 and 11 survive, as do an almost complete set of soundtrack discs and the soundtrack trailer. [134]
Noah's Ark Michael Curtiz Dolores Costello, George O'Brien After the premiere of this part-talkie, Warner Bros. made extensive revisions, including cutting about half an hour. The original 135 minute version is believed to be lost. A partial restoration is 108 minutes long.
Sins of the Fathers Ludwig Berger Emil Jannings
Ruth Chatterton(debut)
(Part-talkie) A film existing in piecemeal form, promos, making of material at the Library of Congress. Excerpts from the film held at UCLA Film and TV. Allegedly no complete print survives
The Terror Roy Del Ruth May McAvoy (All-talking) F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre he claimed that he had found an incomplete copy of the nitrate film in private collector. [135]
1929 The Broadway Melody Harry Beaumont Charles King, Anita Page (All-talking) The first talkie to win an Oscar for Best Picture. The film survives mostly complete, though the scenes shot in two-strip technicolor did not survive in their original color form, and instead only survive in black-and-white.
Disraeli Alfred E. Green George Arliss (All-talking) The 1934 re-release remains. About three minutes of the original 1929 footage are believed to be lost.
Frozen Justice Allan Dwan Lenore Ulric, Robert Frazer (All-talking) One reel of silent version survives in the Library of Congress. The sound version is missing.
Gold Diggers of Broadway Roy Del Ruth Winnie Lightner, Nick Lucas (All-talking) Last two reels and some fragments survive as well as the Vitaphone sound disks. [136]
The Great Gabbo James Cruze Erich von Stroheim (All-talking) Originally featured sequences in Multicolor now believed to be lost.
Happy Days Benjamin Stoloff Charles E. Evans, Marjorie White, Richard Keene (All-talking) Second feature film in 70 mm. Survives only in a smaller 35 mm version.
Married in Hollywood Marcel Silver J. Harold Murray (All-talking) The final reel survives (in Multicolor) at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
On With the Show Alan Crosland Betty Compson (All-talking) The first all-Technicolor, all-talking feature, only a black-and-white version remains, although a very brief clip of color footage was found in a toy projector.
Queen of the Night Clubs Bryan Foy Texas Guinan (All-talking) One short clip included in Winner Take All (1932) with James Cagney. Also, silentera.com states that an incomplete silent trailer also exists. [137]
Red Hot Rhythm Leo McCarey Alan Hale Sr. (All-talking) One filmed sequence, the title song ("Red Hot Rhythm"), survives in early Multicolor process.
Rio Rita Luther Reed Bebe Daniels, John Boles (All-talking) A cut-down 1932 re-release survives.
Sally John Francis Dillon Marilyn Miller (All-talking) Originally produced in 2-strip Technicolor, today the film survives only in black and white save one two-and-a-half-minute sequence.
Wolf of Wall Street Rowland V. Lee Nancy Carroll, George Bancroft (Part-talkie) Only montage sequences by Slavko Vorkapich survive. One of these has been issued on a DVD entitled "Unseen Cinema – Early American Avant Garde Film 1894-1941", curated by Bruce Posner and produced by David Shepard. [138]

1930s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1930 Bright Lights Michael Curtiz Dorothy Mackaill No Technicolor print of this Vitaphone musical has survived.
The Cat Creeps Rupert Julian Helen Twelvetrees A short segment of this sound remake of The Cat and the Canary (1927) is included in the short film Boo! (1932), the only footage known to exist.
General Crack Alan Crosland John Barrymore The silent version of this film exists. The Vitaphone discs for the sound version survive, but matching film elements are lost.
Good News Nick Grinde Bessie Love The final reel in Technicolor is lost.
Isle of Escape Howard Bretherton Monte Blue, Betty Compson, Myrna Loy The barest of fragments survive. [139]
Der Mann, der seinen Mörder sucht Robert Siodmak Heinz Rühmann
Lien Deyers
Hermann Speelmans
Friedrich Holländer
Originally 98 minutes long, only a 52-minute version released in 1933 as Jim, der Mann mit der Narbe remains. [140]
The Rogue Song Lionel Barrymore Lawrence Tibbett The soundtrack, two reels, and several clips survive.
Chasing Rainbows Charles Reisner Bessie Love Black and white portion of the film is extant; color sequences in the middle and end of the film are lost.
1931 Annabelle's Affairs Alfred L. Werker Jeanette MacDonald The last of Jeanette MacDonald's films for Fox, only one reel is known to survive.
The Runaround William James Craft Mary Brian Originally released as a musical as Waiting for the Bride or Waiting at the Church in Technicolor, it was re-released under the new title with the musical parts cut. Only an incomplete black-and-white copy of the cut version seems to have survived.[citation needed]
1932 Condemned to Death Walter Forde Arthur Wontner
Gillian Lind
Gordon Harker
Cyril Raymond
A "cut version dubbed in French" was found as a result of a 1992 British Film Institute campaign to locate missing movies. [141]
Freaks Tod Browning Wallace Ford
Leila Hyams
Twenty-six minutes of the original cut were removed due to poor screenings and subsequently lost. The released cut is all that exists today.
Horse Feathers Norman Z. McLeod Marx Brothers The only existing prints of this film are missing several minutes, due to both censorship and damage.
Veiled Aristocrats Oscar Micheaux Lorenzo Tucker All that remains is the trailer and fragments of two reels.
Walking Down Broadway Erich von Stroheim James Dunn, Boots Mallory, ZaSu Pitts Withheld from release and re-edited as Hello, Sister!, the original version remains lost. [142]
1933 Deluge Felix E. Feist Sidney Blackmer For many years, Deluge was thought to be a lost film, but a print dubbed in Italian was found in a film archive in Italy in the late 1980s. Before the discovery, the only part of the film known to have survived was the impressive footage of the tidal wave destroying New York City, which was used in the Republic Pictures serials Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (1941) and King of the Rocket Men (1949).
My Lips Betray John Boles The sixth reel is assumed to be lost.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse Fritz Lang Otto Wernicke The German premiere ran 124 minutes. The modern restored version is 121 minutes long.
1935 The Burgomeister Harry Southwell Janet Ramsey Johnson Only one sequence remains. [143]
Devdas P.C. Barua P.C. Barua, Jamuna Barua Of this classic Bengali film, only 60% still survives.
The Mystery of the Marie Celeste Denison Clift Bela Lugosi, Shirley Grey, Arthur Margetson, Edmund Willard 18 minutes were cut from the film, and the only surviving print of this film is the shortened re-release, retitled Phantom Ship.
1936 The Man Behind the Mask Michael Powell Hugh Williams, Jane Baxter, Maurice Schwartz The surviving American release, titled Behind the Mask, is a cut version of the UK film. [144]
Things to Come William Cameron Menzies The most complete existing version of this film runs 96 minutes, compared with its original running time of 117 minutes upon submission to the BBFC. A reconstructed version using extant film, production stills, and extracts from the script is available on DVD.
1937 Lost Horizon Frank Capra Ronald Colman Capra's initial 210-minute version was cut down to 131 minutes after a preview screening of the film went badly. In his autobiography, Capra claims to have personally destroyed the first two reels. Subsequent re-releases were further edited to downplay allegedly communist elements, as well as hints of Swinging and various scenes which were felt to present the native children in too positive a light. While a complete soundtrack of the original 131-minute release has survived, no complete 131-minute print is known to exist. In many currently-used versions, still photos and individual frames are used to replace the seven minutes of missing footage that accompanies the soundtrack.
1938 Show Business A. R. Harwood Bert Matthews Only rushes from a single minor scene are left. [143]
Thank Evans Roy William Neill Max Miller
Hal Walters
Albert Whelan
A hundred feet (just over a minute) of footage was found as a result of a 1992 British Film Institute campaign to locate missing movies. [141]
1939 Tsuchi (Earth) Tomu Uchida Mieshi Bando
Donguriboya
Masako Fujimura
Akiko Fujimura
Mari Ko
A seriously compromised print of Earth was discovered in Germany in 1968. It suffers from nitrate damage and includes German subtitles. It is missing its first and last reel. The original film was 142 minutes long; this version runs 93 minutes. A 119-minute version of the film, with subtitles in Russian, was discovered in Russia around the turn of the millennium. It too is missing the last reel.[145]

1940s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1940 Fantasia Various Directors Deems Taylor For its 60th Anniversary DVD release in 2000, Disney's manager of film restoration, Scott MacQueen, supervised a restoration and reconstruction of the original 125-minute roadshow version of Fantasia. The visual elements from the Deems Taylor segments that had been cut from the film in 1942 and 1946 were restored, as was the intermission. However, the original nitrate audio negatives for the long-unseen Taylor scenes had deteriorated several decades earlier, so Disney brought in voice actor Corey Burton to rerecord all of Taylor's lines. Although it was advertised as the "original uncut" version, the Sunflower edit in Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 made in 1969 was maintained. In this version, it was accomplished by digitally zooming-in on certain frames to avoid showing the black centaurette characters.
1942 Berdjoang Rd. Ariffien Mohamad Mochtar A single reel was shown at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival; the rest remains lost. [146]
1943 Sanshiro Sugata Akira Kurosawa Sambas According to the Toho Studios introduction to the 1952 re-release of this film, 1,845 feet (17 minutes) were cut in 1944 due to government demands. The missing footage could not be found for the 1952 re-release and is considered lost.
1946 Ivan the Terrible, Part III Sergei Eisenstein Nikolay Cherkasov About 20 minutes were filmed, but the USSR Communist Party disapproved of the production's homosexual and political themes. About 16 minutes were burned following the death of Eisenstein in 1948, leaving the trilogy unfinished. The remaining four minutes can be seen as a special feature on The Criterion Collection DVD version.
1948 Bless 'Em All Robert Jordan Hall Hal Monty, Max Bygraves Placed on the BFI 75 Most Wanted list of lost films. A cut-down version titled Be Kind Sergeant was later offered for sale on eBay.[147] A two-and-a-half minute trailer also survives.[148]
1949 Somewhere in Politics John E. Blakeley Frank Randle, Tessie O'Shea, Josef Locke According to the British Film Institute, only a print of an "18-minute short from the film, entitled Full House", is known to exist.[149]

1950s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1951 The Idiot Akira Kurosawa Setsuko Hara, Masayuki Mori, Toshiro Mifune, Yoshiko Kuga Kurosawa wanted the original 265-minute version to be shown in two parts. When the studio balked, the film was cut to 180 minutes. After the poorly-received premiere, the picture was cut, against Kurosawa's wishes, to 166 minutes. No print of the 265-minute version is known to exist; Kurosawa supposedly spent a week looking through the studio archives for the original cut when he returned to Shochiku studios 40 years later to make Rhapsody in August.
1953 Captain Thunderbolt Cecil Holmes Grant Taylor, Charles Tingwell The Australian National Film and Sound Archive has what it believes is the 53 minute version edited for television, but is still searching for the full 69 minute original. [150]
1954 Southwest Passage Ray Nazarro Joanne Dru Initially released in 3-D, this feature only survives in its flat form.
A Star Is Born George Cukor Judy Garland Originally premiering at 181 minutes, Warner Bros. cut the film down by about 27 minutes for general release. The 1983 restoration included soundtrack from this cut and a few establishing shots, with stills filling in the rest. A complete print is rumored to exist.
Top Banana Alfred E. Green Phil Silvers Shot and edited in 3-D, the film was released flat. The film only exists in 16mm, and does not exist in 3-D, although a 3-D trailer has survived.
1956 The Burmese Harp Kon Ichikawa In Japan, Nikkatsu, the studio that commissioned the film, released it in two parts, three weeks apart. Part one (running 63 minutes) opened on January 21, 1956, and part two (80 minutes) opened on February 12, both accompanied by B movies. Its total running time of 143 minutes was cut to 116 minutes for later re-release and export, reputedly over Ichikawa's objection. The original 143 version is lost.

1960s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1960 The Three Stooges Scrapbook Sidney Miller The Three Stooges Television pilot, divided into two theatrical shorts, also titled "The Three Stooges Scrapbook," in 1963, padded with long animated sequences. A portion was also re-printed in black and white and incorporated into the feature The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962). The original television pilot is lost.[151]
1962 Big and Little Wong Tin Bar Jackie Chan
Sammo Hung
Chan's film debut at age eight. An early-1960s interview with Chan included some footage, all that is known to survive (included in the documentary Jackie Chan: My Story).
1963 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Stanley Kramer Spencer Tracy Originally premiered at 192 minutes, then edited to 162 for general release. In the late 1980s, 20 minutes of deleted footage were found in a warehouse which had been slated for demolition, and edited back into the film in 1991. Kramer was technical adviser on the partial-restoration project, and this 182-minute partial restoration was issued on VHS in the early 1990s. This version is also the one shown on Turner Classic Movies. When the film was released on DVD in the early 2000s, MGM chose to issue the 162-minute general release version and not the 182-minute partial restoration. In 2013, the remaining lost roadshow footage was tracked down as part of a restoration effort to return the film to its original release length. A majority of the scenes were complete with sound and picture, while some scenes were either audio- or visual-only as they were derived from original 70mm roadshow prints that were themselves cut down (the original elements have long disappeared). The reconstructed roadshow version was released as part of the Criterion Collection's deluxe Blu-ray/DVD edition, released in January, 2014.
1964 Man in the 5th Dimension Dick Ross Billy Graham This short film was originally shot in the 70mm Todd-AO widescreen process. Eleven 70mm prints were created, but none survive. The film exists in a 16mm version only.
1966 A Bullet for the General Damiano Damiani Gian Maria Volonté The original 135 minute-long Italian version is believed to be lost, with several scenes being cut from foreign versions after being deemed too violent. The longest version in existence is the International version (titled El Chuncho, Quién sabe?), which runs for 118 minutes. [152]
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Sergio Leone Clint Eastwood
Eli Wallach
Lee Van Cleef
At least one completed sequence from this film, in which 'Blondie' foils Tuco with the aid of a Mexican prostitute, was cut from all versions of this film (including the Italian premiere version), and is now believed to be lost. All that remains of this sequence is a snippet of footage used in a French trailer for the film, as well as a small number of production photos. Other pieces of footage from this trailer and behind-the-scenes photos indicate that other scenes were created for this film and completed in some way, but are now also lost or missing. [153][154]
1967 Four Stars Andy Warhol Edie Sedgwick
Ondine
One of the longest films ever publicly screened, this ran for close to 25 hours at The Filmmaker's Cinemathèque in New York City on December 15–16, 1967. Extant data regarding the order of reels, films that still remain and projection information do not allow for a full reconstruction. [155]
Great Monster Yongary Kim Ki-duk The original negative is thought to be lost and the original Korean-language version only exists in a 48-minute fragment. However, MGM owns a complete 35mm interpositive and textless 35mm elements for the opening and ending titles, and was able to reconstruct the AIP-TV English dubbed US version in CinemaScope.
1968 2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick Keir Dullea After the original premiere, Kubrick cut 24 minutes (also adding title cards and a small insertion at the "Dawn of Men" sequence). Seventeen minutes of cut footage were discovered in a Kansas salt mine where some motion pictures are archived.
1969 Trekanter Brandon Chase (as 'Lee Beale') Judy Brown, Marianne Tholsted, Lotte Horne, Jørgen Kiil, Jørgen Weel Danish erotic drama, also known by its English title Threesome. While no copies of the film are known to exist, a trailer for the film under the Threesome name was included in 1996's Twisted Sex Vol. 16, an entry in a compilation series of adult film trailers from Something Weird Video. [156]

1970s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1970 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Billy Wilder Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely Two entire stories and a flashback sequence were cut from the final release print at the studio's insistence. Some, but not all, of the missing parts are available on laserdisc and DVD releases. [157]
Kook's Tour Norman Maurer The Three Stooges Intended as a series pilot for television; production halted when Larry Fine suffered a debilitating stroke. Assembled into a 51-minute version utilizing padding and insert shots; released only to the Super 8mm home market. The original 16mm version is lost. [158]
1971 The Big Boss Lo Wei Bruce Lee After the original premiere, Hong Kong censors demanded that some of the footage be trimmed, including more graphic violence, and an explicit brothel scene in which Bruce Lee's character makes love to a Thai prostitute (also featuring Lee's only implied nude scene in his career). The missing footage has been rumored to still exist. [159]
Duck, You Sucker! Sergio Leone Rod Steiger
James Coburn
Romolo Valli
Many versions of this film exist (the best known and most widely available being the 157 minute version), but several scenes are known to have been cut from every release version, and possibly survive only through production stills. These include a scene in which John is forced to march across a desert without water (similar to Leone's previous film, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), and a scene in which Dr. Villega is tortured for information by Colonel Reza. [160][161]
1972 The Last House on the Left Wes Craven Sandra Cassel, Lucy Grantham This film was unusually graphic for the time, and many cinema machinists did their own cuts. As a result, some scenes are missing in most versions of the film, and the sound has been completely lost from certain scenes.[162][163][164][165]
1973 The Wicker Man Robin Hardy Christopher Lee
Edward Woodward
All original elements to the film (camera negative, etc.) are thought to have been destroyed in the late 1970s; however, it was reported on 22 July 2013, via a message from director Robin Hardy, that a print based on Hardy's original cut has now been found.[166] There are also various other prints.
1975 Lucifer's Women Paul Aratow Larry Hankin, Jane Brunel-Cohen Filmed under the name Svengali the Magician, the film was renamed after its first screening. In 1980, a large portion of the film was mixed with newly recorded footage to create a new unrelated film, Doctor Dracula. The original version of Lucifer's Women has since been lost. [167]
1977 Martin George A. Romero John Amplas The original copy was entirely in monochrome and ran for 165 minutes. To Romero's knowledge, no copy of this version exists.
The Hills Have Eyes Wes Craven Dee Wallace Various violent scenes were cut in order to avoid an X rating, the deleted footage was subsequently lost.
1979 Caligula Tinto Brass Malcolm McDowell Most of the third act and many small scenes in the first two thirds are missing.

1980s[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1980 The Shining Stanley Kubrick Jack Nicholson Kubrick cut a scene at the end, which was a discussion about the disappearance of Jack's frozen body. The scene was cut soon after being released in theaters, and the footage was apparently destroyed by the studio, but is rumored to be in the possession of Kubrick's family.
1982 Pink Floyd The Wall Alan Parker Bob Geldof A sequence set to the song "Hey You" was cut from the film, and survives only as a black-and-white workprint.
1983 Grizzly II: The Predator Andre Szots George Clooney The so-called sequel to the 1975 film Grizzly. The main scenes for the film were completed, but before the special effects with a huge electronic-mechanical bear could be used, executive producer Joseph Proctor disappeared with the funds.
1987 My Best Friend's Birthday Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino The original cut was about 70 minutes long but due to a fire only 36 minutes of the film survived. The 36 minute cut has been shown at several film festivals. It has never been officially released, but is rumored to be in Tarantino's possession.

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