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Joseph Kaufman

Joseph Kaufman
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Nationality USA
Birth at Washington, D.C. (USA)
Death 1 february 1918 at New York City (USA)

Joseph Kaufman (1882 - February 1, 1918) was an American silent film actor and director prominent during the WW1 years. He was born in Washington, D.C. and died in New York City very early in the Influenza pandemic of 1918.


His wife was silent film star Ethel Clayton. Kaufman started out as an actor appearing on Broadway in 1903 with Maude Adams in The Pretty Sister of Jose. He eventually changed to acting in and then directing silent films, his output being numerous short films. As American films began to expand to feature length Kaufman followed suit and proved particularly adept and popular at directing beautiful Broadway actresses including his wife Ethel Clayton. He directed Pauline Frederick, Marguerite Clark, and Billie Burke. His last film The Song of Songs (1918) starred Elsie Ferguson.
As actor he is reported to have had three teeth knocked out in a screen fight with actor Earl Metcalfe. Following his death in February 1918, both of his parents died, his mother on April 9, 1918 and his father on April 18, 1918.



^ stageography of Joseph Kaufman; ibdb.com

^ Silent Film Necrology, 2nd Edition by Eugene Michael Vazzana ; c.2001 page277

^ "In the Studios", New York Daily Mirror, May 5, 1915


Usually with

Adolph Zukor
Adolph Zukor
(4 films)
Frank Losee
Frank Losee
(3 films)
Crauford Kent
Crauford Kent
(2 films)
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Filmography of Joseph Kaufman (10 films)

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The Song of Songs
Directed by Joseph Kaufman
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Elsie Ferguson, Crauford Kent, Frank Losee, Charles Wellesley, Robert Cummings

Lily, an innocent young girl, is convinced to pose nude for a young sculptor. They fall in love, but the sculptor fears the effect of marriage on his work and neglects Lily. Ultimately, in despair, she marries a wealthy older man but does not find happiness there. Only near-tragedy and scandal are able, ironically, to bring her that happiness.
The Amazons
Directed by Joseph Kaufman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Marguerite Clark, Edgar Norton, Tammany Young, Jack Standing, Adolphe Menjou

As described in a film magazine review, because the parents are disappointed that their three children are girls instead of boys, they are brought up as boys by the Marchioness of Castlejordan (Robinson), and no males are allowed within the walls of the estate. The antics of the three upset the villagers and cause gossip. Tommy (Clark), the youngest, is sent to London to visit relatives. She slips away from the house dressed in a gentleman's evening clothes and visits a dance hall. Encountering a bully, in self-defense she knocks him down. Escaping from the hall, she jumps into the cab of Lord Litterly (Hinckley), who takes her home, and a warm friendship springs up between them. Later, the lord is instrumental in saving her from a fall from a runaway horse. Her two sisters arrange a meeting with two men in the gymnasium one evening. Tommy climbs through a skylight and "drops in" on Litterly, who happened to be bringing a message with a maid. The Marchioness discovers the trio, and seeing that her girls will be girls, gives them her blessing, and a triple wedding follows.
Great Expectations, 50minutes
Directed by Robert G. Vignola, Joseph Kaufman
Origin USA
Themes Films about children
Actors Jack Pickford, Louise Huff, Frank Losee, Marcia Harris, Herbert Prior
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A young boy, Pip, runs into an escaped convict at his local churchyard. Pip does favours for Magwitch (the convict), such as bringing him food etc. until Magwitch is eventually arrested and deported to Australia.
The Land of Promise
Directed by Joseph Kaufman
Origin USA
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Billie Burke, Thomas Meighan, Mary Alden, Margaret Seddon

As described in a film magazine, when her employer dies, leaving her penniless, Nora Marsh (Burke) decides to make her home with her brother Edward (Johnston) in Canada. She cannot, however, get along with her sister-in-law Gertie (Alden) and life becomes a hardship. The hired man Frank Taylor (Meighan) owns a farm of his own, but a storm has destroyed his crops and forced him to work. Shortly after Nora's arrival he leaves for his farm. Nora hears a remark that he intends to get a woman to be his wife and housekeeper and she decides to take a chance. They get married and he takes her to his house, which she soon has cozy and homelike. Wild mustard seed infests Taylor's crops and destroy them. Nora has received some money from England is thinking of leaving Taylor. When she learns that he will have to be a hired man again, she decides to stay and give him the use of her money.
Arms and the Girl, 50minutes
Directed by Joseph Kaufman
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Billie Burke, Thomas Meighan, J. Malcolm Dunn, Arthur Bauer

As described in a film magazine, during August 1914 Ruth Sherwood (Burke), an American traveling through Belgium with her parents, is left behind in Beaupre will sending a message to her fiance in Paris. She is compelled to seek shelter at the Hotel Tete d'Or as there are no more trains that day. Here she meets another American, Wilfred Ferrers. Ruth's passport is stolen by Olga Karnovitch (Bates), a Russian spy, who leaves her Russian passport in Ruth's hands. The town is invaded by Germans who are headed towards Paris, and they make the inn their headquarters. Ferrers is discovered destroying the Russian passport and is ordered to be shot at once. Ruth comes to his assistance by claiming that he is her fiance. The German officer is skeptical, and he orders that they be married at once. The ceremony is held beneath the upheld swords of the Germans, and an embarrassing night follows as the couple retire to their room. Ferrers overcomes the sentinel at their door, dons his uniform, and forces the General (Trimble) at the point of a gun to give them a pass to get through the German lines into France. In the meantime, Jack Martin (David), Ruth's fiance, arrives, but she says that he is her chauffeur. Ferrers gives Jack the pass, but Ruth refuses to leave Ferrers, having fallen in love with her "husband." The Germans receive orders to move on and as Ferrers enters the inn to urge Ruth to depart at once, he is shot by the outraged General. Ruth borrows a smock from the innkeeper and with Ferrers makes her escape across the boarder into France.
The Traveling Salesman, 50minutes
Directed by Joseph Kaufman
Origin USA
Actors Doris Kenyon, Harry Northrup, Russell Bassett

A man traveling home for Christmas gets stuck in a small town and finds romance with a woman operating the telegraph.