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Edwin S. Porter (1870–1941)

In the late 1890s Porter worked as both a projectionist and mechanic, eventually becoming director and cameraman for the Edison Manufacturing Company. Influenced by both the "Brighton school" and the story films of Georges Méliès, Porter went on to make important shorts such as Life of an American Fireman (1903) and The Great Train Robbery (1903).... See full bio »

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 1915 Lydia Gilmore
 1915 Bella Donna
 1915 Zaza
 1915 Sold
 1915 Niobe
 1914/I The Crucible
 1914 The Spitfire (as Edwin Stanton Porter)
 1914 Hearts Adrift (Short)
 1913 His Neighbor's Wife (Short)
 1912 The Convict's Parole (Short)
 1911 The Strangers (Short)
 1911 The Price (Short)
 1911 Saints and Sinners (Short)
 1911 Leaves of a Romance (Short)
 1911 Lost Illusions (Short)
 1911 A Cure for Crime (Short)
 1911 The Rose and the Dagger (Short)
 1911 The Lighthouse by the Sea (Short)
 1911 Faith (Short)
 1911 The Torn Scarf (Short)
 1911 The White Red Man (Short)
 1911 Money to Burn (Short)
 1911 Sherlock Holmes, Jr. (Short)
 1911 A Famous Duel (Short)
 1911/II The Vagabond (Short)
 1911 On the Brink (Short)
 1911 Madeline's Rebellion (Short)
 1911 Captain Nell (Short)
 1911 The Ultimate Sacrifice (Short)
 1911 A Buried Past (Short)
 1911 The Strike at the Mines (Short)
 1911 Five Hours (Short)
 1911/I The Test of Love (Short)
 1911 The Fall of a Knight (Short)
 1911 A Night of Terror (Short)
 1911 By the Light of the Moon (Short)
 1911 The Iron Master (Short)
 1911 The Price of Victory (Short)
 1911 A Heroine of '76 (Short)
 1911 The Lover and the Count (Short)
 1910 Too Many Girls (Short)
 1910 The Cowpuncher's Glove (Short)
 1910 The Greater Love (Short)
 1910 His Mother's Thanksgiving (Short)
 1910 The Stolen Claim (Short)
 1910 Riders of the Plains (Short)
 1910/I The Farmer's Daughter (Short)
 1910 Ononko's Vow (Short)
 1910/I Almost a Hero (Short)
 1910 Love and the Law (Short)
 1910 The Attack on the Mill (Short)
 1910 Peg Woffington (Short)
 1910 The Old Loves and the New (Short)
 1910 Out of the Night (Short)
 1910 Her First Appearance (Short)
 1910 For Her Sister's Sake (Short)
 1910 The Heart of a Rose (Short)
 1910 Bradford's Claim (Short)
 1910 A Western Romance (Short)
 1910 Ranson's Folly (Short)
 1910 The Livingston Case (Short)
 1910 Luck of Roaring Camp (Short)
 1910 The Engineer's Romance (Short)
 1910 Pardners (Short)
 1909 Faust (Short)
 1909 A Gift from Santa Claus (Short)
 1909 The House of Cards (Short)
 1909 The Heart of a Clown (Short)
 1909 The Three Kisses (Short)
 1909 A Great Game (Short)
 1909 The Temptation (Short)
 1909 A Child of the Forest (Short)
 1909 The Price of a Soul (Short)
 1909 A Coward (Short)
 1909 Love's Sacrifice (Short)
 1909 A Child's Prayer (Short)
 1909 The Pony Express (Short)
 1909 Fuss and Feathers (Short)
 1909 The Doctored Dinner Pail (Short)
 1909 Uncle Tom Wins (Short)
 1909 A Cup of Tea and She (Short)
 1909 Unappreciated Genius (Short)
 1909 On the Western Frontier (Short)
 1909 Hard to Beat (Short)
 1909 Oh! Rats! (Short)
 1909 Strolling Players (Short)
 1909 A Midnight Supper (Short)
 1909 Love Is Blind (Short)
 1909 Mary Jane's Lovers (Short)
 1909 The Colored Stenographer (Short)
 1909 A Bird in a Gilded Cage (Short)
 1909 A Daughter of the Sun (Short)
 1909 A Modest Young Man (Short)
 1909 A Burglar Cupid (Short)
 1908 Turning Over a New Leaf (Short)
 1908 An Unexpected Santa Claus (Short)
 1908 A Street Waif's Christmas (Short)
 1908 The Angel Child (Short)
 1908 The Tale the Ticker Told (Short)
 1908 Miss Sherlock Holmes (Short)
 1908 Lord Feathertop (Short)
 1908 The Lady or the Tiger (Short)
 1908 She (Short)
 1908 The Jester (Short)
 1908 Saved by Love (Short)
 1908 A Football Warrior (Short)
 1908 Ex-Convict No. 900 (Short)
 1908 The Bridge of Sighs (Short)
 1908 A Voice from the Dead (Short)
 1908 The Lover's Guide (Short)
 1908 Wifey's Strategy (Short)
 1908/II The Devil (Short)
 1908 Romance of a War Nurse (Short)
 1908 When Ruben Comes to Town (Short)
 1908 Life's a Game of Cards (Short)
 1908 A Dumb Hero (Short)
 1908 The Boston Tea Party (Short)
 1908 Love Will Find a Way (Short)
 1908 Skinner's Finish (Short)
 1908 Curious Mr. Curio (Short)
 1908 The Painter's Revenge (Short)
 1908 The Gentleman Burglar (Short)
 1908 Animated Snowballs (Short)
 1908 Fireside Reminiscences (Short)
 1907 Poor John (Short)
 1907/I Laughing Gas (Short)
 1907 College Chums (Short)
 1907 Jack the Kisser (Short)
 1907 The Rivals (Short)
 1907 Cohen's Fire Sale (Short)
 1907 The 'Teddy' Bears (Short) (uncredited)
 1907 Daniel Boone (Short)
 1906 Getting Evidence (Short)
 1906 How the Office Boy Saw the Ball Game (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1906 Kathleen Mavourneen (Short)
 1906 Waiting at the Church (Short)
 1906 The Life of a Cowboy (Short)
 1906 Three American Beauties (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1906 The Terrible Kids (Short)
 1906 A Winter Straw Ride (Short) (uncredited)
 1906 Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (Short)
 1905 Coney Island (Documentary short)
 1905 Train Wreckers (Short)
 1905 The Miller's Daughter (Short) (uncredited)
 1905 The Watermelon Patch (Short)
 1905 The White Caps (Short)
 1905 The Little Train Robbery (Short)
 1905 The Burglar's Slide for Life (Short) (uncredited)
 1905 Coney Island at Night (Documentary short)
 1905 How Jones Lost His Roll (Short)
 1905 The Kleptomaniac (Short)
 1905 The Seven Ages (Short)
 1904 Maniac Chase (Short)
 1904 Rector's to Claremont (Short)
 1904 The Ex-Convict (Short)
 1904 Scarecrow Pump (Short)
 1904 Love Will Find a Way (Short)
 1904 Parsifal (Short)
 1904 European Rest Cure (Short)
 1904 Scenes in an Infant Orphan Asylum (Documentary short)
 1904 Dog Factory (Short) (uncredited)
 1904 Rounding Up and Branding Cattle (Documentary short)
 1904 Babe and Puppies (Short)
 1904 Animated Painting (Short)
 1904 Casey's Frightful Dream (Short)
 1904 Midnight Intruder (Short)
 1903 The Road of Anthracite (Documentary short)
 1903 The Unappreciated Joke (Short)
 1903 White Wings on Review (Documentary short)
 1903 The Great Train Robbery (Short) (uncredited)
 1903 A Romance of the Rail (Short) (uncredited)
 1903 The Extra Turn (Short)
 1903 Rube and Fender (Short)
 1903 Turning the Tables (Short)
 1903 Little Lillian, Toe Danseuse (Documentary short)
 1903 The Gay Shoe Clerk (Short) (uncredited)
 1903/I Uncle Tom's Cabin (Short) (uncredited)
 1903 Razzle Dazzle (Documentary short)
 1903 New York City 'Ghetto' Fish Market (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1903 New York City Dumping Wharf (Documentary short)
 1903 Goo Goo Eyes (Short)
 1903 Life of an American Fireman (Short) (uncredited)
 1903 Electrocuting an Elephant (Documentary short)
 1902 Rock of Ages (Short)
 1902 The Interrupted Bathers (Short)
 1902 Jack and the Beanstalk (Short)
 1902 Appointment by Telephone (Short)
 1902 Babies Rolling Eggs (Documentary short)
 1902 Fun in a Bakery Shop (Short)
 1902 Great Bull Fight (Short documentary)
 1902 The Golden Chariots (Documentary short)
 1902 Burning of Durland's Riding Academy (Documentary short)
 1902 Chinese Shaving Scene (Short)
 1901 Carrying Out the Snakes (Short)
 1901 Day at the Circus (Documentary short)
 1901 The Artist's Dilemma (Short)
 1901 Panorama of Esplanade by Night (Documentary short)
 1901 Trapeze Disrobing Act (Short)
 1901 Pan-American Exposition by Night (Documentary short)
 1901 The Martyred Presidents (Short)
 1901 Rubes in the Theatre (Short)
 1901 Circular Panorama of Electric Tower (Documentary short)
 1901 The Reversible Divers (Short)
 1901 Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog (Documentary short)
 1901 Happy Hooligan Surprised (Short)
 1901 The Donkey Party (Short)
 1901 Kansas Saloon Smashers (Short)
 1900 A Dull Razor (Short)
 1900 An Artist's Dream (Short)
 1900 The Kiss (Documentary short)
 1900 The Mystic Swing (Short)
 1900 Uncle Josh's Nightmare (Short)
 1900 An Animated Luncheon (Short)
 1900 Ching Ling Foo Outdone (Short)
 1900 Faust and Marguerite (Short)
 1900 The Magician (Short)
 1899 The America's Cup Race (Documentary short)
 1898 The Cavalier's Dream (Short)
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Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 19 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Edward Porter | Edwin Stanton Porter

Did You Know?


He has directed four films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Life of an American Fireman (1903), The Great Train Robbery (1903), Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906) and Tess of the Storm Country (1914). See more »



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