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1912 in film
The year 1912 in film involved some significant events.
- February - Babelsberg Studio outside Berlin begins operation with shooting of The Dance of the Dead (Der Totentanz) by Danish director Urban Gad starring Asta Nielsen (released September 7).
- May 18 - Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne, the first Indian film, is released.
- July 4 - Mack Sennett, who has previously worked as an actor and comedy director with D. W. Griffith, forms a new company with New York City entrepreneur Adam Kessel, Keystone Studios. It will play an important role in developing slapstick comedy as the home to the Keystone Cops, English actor Charlie Chaplin, and others.
- July 26 - Edison Studios releases What Happened to Mary, the first ever motion picture serial.
- October 31 - The Musketeers of Pig Alley, directed by D. W. Griffith, debuts as the first gangster film.
Edison introduces the Home Kinetoscope, a home film-projector which uses a 22 mm print consisting of three rows of frames.
Pathé releases Pathe Kok, their first entry into the amateur market, with a gauge of 28 mm.
- Alexander F. Victor improves on the 17.5 mm format with his Duoscope, which uses two center perforations instead of the typical one.
Bell & Howell introduce the first all-metal camera, the 2709 35mm.
All for a Girl, directed by Frederick A. Thompson
At the Foot of the Ladder, produced by the Thanhouser Company
Aurora Floyd, directed by Theodore Marston
- Baby Hands
- The Bandit of Tropico
- A Battle of Wits
- Beautiful Leukanida
The Belle of Bar-Z Ranch, directed by Thomas Ricketts
- A Business Buccaneer
- The Cameraman's Revenge
Cleopatra, directed by Charles L. Gaskill and starring Helen Gardner; one of the earliest American feature films
Conductor 786, produced by the Thanhouser Company
The Copper Beeches, starring Georges Treville as Sherlock Holmes
- The County Fair
The Conquest of the Pole, directed by Georges Méliès
Custer's Last Fight, directed by Francis Ford
A Dash Through the Clouds, directed by Mack Sennett, starring Mabel Normand and American aviation pioneer Philip Parmelee.
The Deserter, directed by Thomas H. Ince
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Female of the Species, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Mary Pickford
The Fickle Spaniard, directed by Mack Sennett, starring Mabel Normand
For His Son, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Blanche Sweet
- Frankfurters and Quail
Friends, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Mary Pickford and Lionel Barrymore
From the Manger to the Cross, directed by Sidney Olcott (One of the earliest American feature film.)
- Geronimo's Last Raid
The Girl and Her Trust, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Dorothy Bernard and Wilfred Lucas
- The Half-Breed's Way
- The Honor of the Family
Hot Stuff, starring Mack Sennett, Mabel Normand, and Dell Henderson
- How a Mosquito Operates
- Indian Romeo and Juliet
- In Nacht und Eis
The Independence of Romania The first Romanian feature film to run for two hours.
- The Invaders
- It Happened Thus
- Keystone Comedy
- The Land Beyond the Sunset
The Lesser Evil, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Blanche Sweet
- The Little Girl Next Door
Mabel's Lovers, directed by Mack Sennett, starring Mabel Normand
- Making An American Citizen
The Massacre, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Blanche Sweet and Lionel Barrymore
- Maud Muller
The Mender Of Nets, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Mabel Normand and Mary Pickford
The Miracle, the first full-color, full-length feature film (5,500 feet)
- Das Mirakel
The Musketeers of Pig Alley, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish
- A New Cure for Divorce
The New York Hat, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Mary Pickford and Lionel Barrymore
- The Old Actor
Oliver Twist, possibly the first American feature film, with an original run time of over an hour; partly lost.
Onesime, Clock-maker, directed by Jean Durand
The Passer-By, directed by Oscar Apfel. Not the first moving camera shot, but it may be the first long-shot-to-close-up dolly moving camera shot. May also be the first dolly moving camera shot.
- Petticoat Camp
- Pilgrim's Progress
- Please Help the Pore
- The Power of Melody
- A Primitive Man's Career to Civilization
- Put Yourself in His Place
Richard III (Second oldest American feature film. Currently the oldest completely intact American feature film.)
- Robin Hood
- Saved From the Titanic
- A Six Cylinder Elopement
A Spanish Dilemma, directed by Mack Sennett, starring Mabel Normand
The Speed Demon, directed by Mack Sennett, starring Fred Mace
- Standing Room Only
- The Star of Bethlehem
- The Street Singer
- The Tell-Tale Message
- The Thunderbolt
Tomboy Bessie, directed by Mack Sennett, starring Mabel Normand
An Unseen Enemy, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish
- The Voice of Conscience
The Water Nymph, starring Mabel Normand and Mack Sennett. First Keystone comedy.
What Happened to Mary?, starring Mary Fuller.
- When the Fire Bells Rang
When the Heart Calls, starring Lee Moran, Russell Bassett and Louise Glaum
- With Our King and Queen Through India
- With the Mounted Police
- The Young Millionaire
- February 19 - Saul Chaplin, American film composer (died 1997)
- February 21 - Arline Judge, American actress (died 1974)
- February 26 - Dane Clark, American actor (died 1998)
- March 22 - Karl Malden, American actor (died 2009)
- April 8 - Sonja Henie, Norwegian Olympic ice-skater, actress (died 1969)
- April 16 - Catherine Scorsese, American actress (died 1997)
- April 18 - Wendy Barrie, English actress (died 1978)
- May 9 - Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (died 1963)
- May 18 - Perry Como, American singer, actor (died 2001)
- May 23
- May 29 - Iris Adrian, American actress (died 1994)
- June 1 - Doris Wishman, American filmmaker (died 2002)
- June 26 - Jay Silverheels, Canadian actor (Tonto) (died 1980)
- July 4 - Viviane Romance, French actress (died 1991)
- July 5 - Ilona Massey, Hungarian-born American actress (died 1974)
- August 2 - Ann Dvorak, American actress (died 1979)
- August 12 - Samuel Fuller, American director (died 1997)
- August 15 - Wendy Hiller, English actress (died 2003)
- August 23 - Gene Kelly, American actor (died 1996)
- August 29 - Barry Sullivan, American actor (died 1974)
- September 5 - Kristina Söderbaum, Swedish-born German actress (died 2001)
- September 21 - Chuck Jones, American animator (died 2002)
- September 23 - Martha Scott, American actress (died 2003)
- September 29 - Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian director (died 2007)
- October 11 - Betty Noyes American singer/dubber (died 1987)
- October 12 - Peer Guldbrandsen, Danish screenwriter, actor, film director and producer (died 1996)
- October 13 - Cornel Wilde, Hungarian-born American actor (died 1989)
- October 31 - Dale Evans, American actress (died 2001)
- November 21 - Eleanor Powell, American dancer, actress (died 1982)
- November 24 - Garson Kanin, American writer (died 1999)
- December 11 - Carlo Ponti, Italian producer (died 2007)
- March 30 – Karl May, writer, Apache Gold
- April 15 – Jacques Futrelle, writer, The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, (perished in the Titanic)
- April 20 – Bram Stoker, writer, Dracula
- May 14 – August Strindberg, writer, Miss Julie
- May 19 – Bolesław Prus, writer, Faraon
- June 1 – Philip Parmalee, actor (with Mabel Normand in A Dash Through the Clouds); pioneer aviator for the Wright brothers
- July 1 – Harriet Quimby, writer (seven scenarios for D.W. Griffith); actress in one film; pioneer American aviator
- December 14 – Harry Cashman, comedy producer and actor for the Chicago-based Essanay company. (*Harry Cashman;Kinotv)
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