The Conflict’s End
R: Stanner E.V. Taylor. D: Marion Leonard, Harry F. Millarde, Josephine Crowell. P: Rex Motion Picture Company. USA 1912
Print: EYE Collection / Desmet Collection
EYE quotes the Dutch title “Een bende valsemunters opgerold door de pers”, following Ivo Blom who translates (for his English speaking readers): “A Gang of Counterfeiters Caught by the Press”, adding it to the “number of films in the Desmet Collection that have not been identified and have been dated at around 1915 or 1916”. (Ivo Blom: Jean Desmet and the Early Dutch Film Trade. Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam 2003, p. 413/414). The Filmografie Desmet Collectie identifies the film as The Eternal Conflict, 1912. This film, also directed by Stanner E.V. Taylor and casting Marion Leonard, has been released in the US at 12 May 1912, The Conflict’s End at 22 September 1912. So, the films look like two parts of the same stuff.
“Stanner worked as a freelance writer before landing a job at the New York Herald. During the evenings, he wrote plays. Shortly thereafter, Stanner ran into someone from the Biograph Company at a diner. They got to talking, and the man suggested Stanner write some scenarios for them. Stanner started working for Biograph as a scenario writer in 1907-08. Around the same time, Griffith and actress Marion Leonard joined the studio. Stanner penned 1908’s The Adventures of Dollie, the first short Griffith ever directed. (…)
From 1908-1910, Stanner wrote about 64 scenarios for Biograph, most of them for Griffith, including In Old California, which is the first movie (short) ever made in Hollywood, in 1910. 1910-1911 were transitional years for Stanner and Marion Leonard, who at some point became Stanner’s second wife; they fell in love after working so closely together at Biograph. Both Stanner and Marion also worked for several other companies during this time, and they tried to capitalize on Marion’s popularity as an actress while Stanner transitioned into producing and directing.
Stanner and Marion created the Gem Motion Picture Company in 1911. The first release was supposed to be in January, but the company ran into trouble with Thomas Edison and copyright restrictions; Edison was patenting sprocket holes, and it’s hard to make a movie without those! Edison ended up with 26 of Gem’s films and the company soon folded. However, the duo rebounded quickly and formed the Monopol Film Company in 1912 to make films on their own.”
Steve Taylor about his grandfather:
“Taylor expanded to writing, directing and producing and made over 100 films before retiring in 1926. As a silent film pioneer, he was the first director to receive on screen credit (1910), the first screenwriter to work on retainer, the first producer to be pictured in a film advertisement (1913), and his 1913 production of Carmen contained 426 scenes. S.E.V. Taylor created the first quadruple exposure in-camera visual effects shot in Monopol’s The Dead Secret (1913) with Marion Leonard playing a dual role.”
>>> The Adventures of Dollie on this site: The Very First Griffith