List of incomplete or partially lost films
The following is a list of notable films that are incomplete or partially lost. For films for which no footage (including trailers) is known to have survived, see List of lost films. Films that were never completed in the first place do not qualify.
|1894||Leonard-Cushing Fight||W. K. L. Dickson||Mike Leonard, Jack Cushing||A short piece of fragment remains of a round.|
|Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph||W. K. L. Dickson, William Heise||James J. Corbett, Peter Courtney||An exhibition fight filmed in the Edison Black Mariah studio in 1894. Originally six one-minute rounds were filmed and shown on individual Kinetoscopes. Only one round survives.|
|1896||Le Coucher de la Mariée||Léar (Albert Kirchner)||One of the first erotic films (or "stag party films") made. Only two minutes of the film have survived.|
|1897||The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight||Enoch J. Rector||James J. Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons||A fight film shot outdoors in a widescreen process. Originally over 70 minutes, a 20-minute fragment survives.|
|1899||The Jeffries-Sharkey Contest||William A. Brady, Tom O'Rourke||Jim Jeffries, Tom Sharkey||American Mutoscope and Biograph film of 25-round heavyweight championship bout, 135 minutes in length. First film shot in artificial light, which was so hot that it singed the boxers' hair. A few minutes of degraded footage exists of this fight.|
|1903||Alice in Wonderland||Cecil Hepworth, Percy Stow||May Clark||The first film adaption of Lewis Carroll's book originally ran about 12 minutes, according to the British Film Institute. The Institute's restoration is nine minutes and 35 seconds long.|
|1905||Adventures of Sherlock Holmes||J. Stuart Blackton||H. Kyrle Bellew, J. Barney Sherry||First dramatic Sherlock Holmes adaptation on film and second overall Holmes film, the first one being the 30-second film Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900). All that exists are short strips of scenes deposited for copyright purposes in the Library of Congress.|
|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.|
|1910||The Wonderful Wizard of Oz||Otis Turner?||Bebe Daniels||The closing 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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 and white. The surviving print is about two hours long, 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.|
|The Inside of the White Slave Traffic||Frank Beal||Edwin Carewe, Jean Thomas||Two reels of this four-reel drama have survived.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|1914||The Active Life of Dolly of the Dailies||Walter Edwin||Mary Fuller, Yale Boss||Chapter five of this 12-part serial was discovered in 2009 in the New Zealand Film Archive. The BFI National Archive has chapter 10.|
|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.|
|A Good Little Devil||Edwin S. Porter||Mary Pickford||One of five reels survives in the National Film and Television Archive.|
|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.|
|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.|
|1914||The Indian Wars Refought||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).|
|Lucille Love, Girl of Mystery||Francis Ford||Grace Cunard, Francis Ford||Four of 15 episodes survive.|
|The Master Key||Robert Z. Leonard||Robert Z. Leonard, Ella Hall, Harry Carter||Episode five of 15 resides in the Library of Congress.|
|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.|
|Neptune's Daughter||Herbert Brenon||Annette Kellerman||The Gosfilmofond film archive possesses one reel, which Australia's National Film and Sound Archive copied.|
|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.|
|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.|
|The Millionaire Paupers||Joe De Grasse||Lon Chaney, Sr.||Only a fragment of the film survives.|
|1916||La falena||Carmine Gallone||Lyda Borelli||The Cineteca Italiana film archive possesses a fragmentary print.|
|The Fall of a Nation||Thomas Dixon||Lorraine Huling||A few frames survive of this sequel to The Birth of a Nation (1915).|
|Intolerance||D. W. Griffith||Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Constance Talmadge||Still frames from several scenes have survived and were 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.|
|The Iron Claw||George B. Seitz, Edward José||Pearl White, Creighton Hale||The UCLA Film and Television Archive possesses episode seven of this 20-part serial.|
|Kiss of Death||Victor Sjöström||Victor Sjöström||The Cinémathèque Française film archive has approximately 30 minutes of the film.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Ramona||Donald Crisp||Adda Gleason, Mabel Van Buren||The Library of Congress has reel five.|
|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.|
|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.|
|The Woman in the Case||Hugh Ford||Pauline Frederick||The first four of five reels survive in the Nederlands Filmarchives.|
|1917||Cleopatra||J. Gordon Edwards||Theda Bara||Approximately 40 seconds exist at George Eastman House.|
|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.|
|The Gulf Between||Wray 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."|
|The Moth||Edward José||Norma Talmadge, Eugene O'Brien, Hassard Short||The Library of Congress has reels one to four (of six).|
|Nuts in May||Robin Williamson||Stan Laurel||Only 60 seconds of footage remain of Laurel's first film. Part of the short lives on in scenes inserted into the 1922 extant short Mixed Nuts.|
|Poppy||Edward José||Norma Talmadge, Eugene O'Brien, Frederick Perry||A two-reel condensation of the second half of the film survives in the Library of Congress.|
|The Red Ace||Jacques Jaccard||Marie Walcamp||Originally a 16-episode serial, only episode seven survives in the film archive of the Library of Congress.|
|The Secret Man||John Ford||Harry Carey||Two of the five reels are in the Library of Congress film archive.|
|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).|
|The Sin Woman||Irene Fenwick||A trailer survives in the National Film and Sound Archive and the Academy Film Archive.|
|Triumph||Joe De Grasse||Lon Chaney, Sr.||Three of the five reels survive.|
|1918||The Cook||Roscoe Arbuckle||Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton||Two prints were found of this previously lost comedy short, one in 1998 and one in 2002, and were combined to create a restored version. However, some scenes are still missing.|
|The Ghost of Slumber Mountain||Willis O'Brien||Herbert M. Dawley, Willis O'Brien||Only 19 minutes survive.|
|The Ghosts of Yesterday||Charles Miller||Norma Talmadge, Eugene O'Brien, Stuart Holmes||Reels one to four (of six) and a fragment of the last reel are in the possession of the Library of Congress.|
|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.|
|He Comes Up Smiling||Allan Dwan||Douglas Fairbanks|
|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.|
|Oorlog en vrede||Maurits Binger||Only a single fragment of this Dutch World War I film survives.|
|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.|
|The Scarlet Drop||John Ford||Harry Carey||The Getty Images Archive possesses just over 30 minutes of footage.|
|1919||Ravished Armenia||Oscar Apfel||Aurora Mardiganian||A 24-minute segment was restored and edited from a surviving reel in Soviet Armenia. It was released in 2009 by the Armenian Genocide Resource Center of Northern California. Also known as Auction of Souls.|
|Bound and Gagged||George B. Seitz||Marguerite Courtot, George B. Seitz||Four of the 10 episodes of this spoof serial survive in the Library of Congress film archive.|
|A Gun Fightin' Gentleman||John Ford||Harry Carey, John Ford||Only three reels of originally five or six are believed to have survived.|
|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.|
|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 11 frames in length.|
|The Masked Rider||Aubrey M. Kennedy||Boris Karloff, Ruth Stonehouse||The serial was considered to be lost in its entirety. However, most episodes have been found, although many are incomplete. The Masked Rider is considered to be the first film serial about a masked cowboy.|
|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).|
|The New Moon||Chester Withey||Norma Talmadge||Reel six (of six) is missing from the Library of Congress|
|The Tiger's Trail||Robert Ellis, Louis J. Gasnier, Paul Hurst||Ruth Roland, George Larkin||A "fragmentary print" of the 15-episode serial exists.|
|The Toilers||Tom Watts||Manora Thew, George Dewhurst, Gwynne Herbert, Ronald Colman, Eric Barker||Two of five reels survive.|
|1920||Daredevil Jack||W. S. Van Dyke||Jack Dempsey, Josie Sedgwick||Episodes one to four and one unidentified one of the 15 episodes of this adventure serial are in the UCLA Film & Television Archive.|
|La fête espagnole||Germaine Dulac||Ève Francis, Gaston Modot||Only eight minutes of this 67-minute feature, which Henri Langlois cited "as important as Eisenstein's Strike", survive at the Cinemathèque Française.|
|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.|
|She Loves and Lies||Chester Withey||Norma Talmadge ||
|The Third Eye||James W. Horne||Warner Oland, Eileen Percy||A "fragmentary print" survives.|
|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.|
|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 two, four and seven remain of the original eight.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Disraeli||Henry Kolker||George Arliss||The entire film was screened at the Museum of Modern Art in 1947. Reel three is held at George Eastman House. A complete print is reputedly held at the Gosfilmofond in Moscow.|
|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.|
|The White Horseman||Albert Russell||Art Acord, Eva Forrestor||A "handful of print clippings" remain of this Western serial.|
|1922||Anna Ascends||Victor Fleming||Alice Brady, Robert Ellis||A six-minute fragment of the film remains.|
|A Dangerous Adventure||Sam Warner, Jack Warner||Grace Darmond, Philo McCullough, Derelys Perdue, Mabel Stark||The UCLA Film and Television Archive has all except episode 12 of this 15-chapter serial.|
|The Eternal Flame||Frank Lloyd||Norma Talmadge, Adolphe Menjou, Wedgwood Nowell||Reels three and eight (of eight) are missing from the Library of Congress.|
|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 original running time of roughly one hour and 50 minutes.|
|Marizza||F. W. Murnau||Tzwetta Tzatschewa||The Cineteca Nazionale film archive possesses a fragmentary print of the first reel.|
|Polly of the Follies||John Emerson||Constance Talmadge||Only a trailer is known to have survived.|
|Sherlock Holmes||Albert Parker||John Barrymore||Once thought lost. A jumble of negative takes were rediscovered in the 1970s and the film was reconstructed in 1975 and again in 2001.|
|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.|
|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. 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."|
|The Village Blacksmith||John Ford||Will Walling, Virginia True Boardman||One of the eight reels survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archive.|
|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.|
|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. It has been restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.|
|Flaming Youth||John Francis Dillon||Colleen Moore||Only one reel and a film trailer exist.|
|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.|
|Maytime||Louis J. Gasnier||Ethel Shannon, Harrison Ford||Four of seven reels survive of this rediscovered film. It includes one of Clara Bow's earliest film roles.|
|The Eternal City||George Fitzmaurice||Lionel Barrymore, Barbara La Marr, Bert Lytell||Final two reels out of eight survive.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Fast and Fearless||Richard Thorpe||Buffalo Bill, Jr., Jean Arthur||Reel two (of five) is in the Library of Congress.|
|The Fast Express||William Duncan||William Duncan, Edith Johnson||A fragmentary print of this 15-episode serial exists.|
|Greed||Erich von Stroheim||Initially running nine 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. A 240-minute version has been edited in 1999, including slides of the few stills from some of the lost scenes.|
|Reveille||George Pearson||Betty Balfour, Stewart Rome, Ralph Forbes||Among the BFI 75 Most Wanted. At least some sequences are known to survive in private hands.|
|A Sainted Devil||Joseph Henabery||Rudolph Valentino, Nita Naldi||Fragments comprising less than one reel have survived.|
|A Self-Made Failure||William Beaudine||Lloyd Hamilton, Ben Alexander, Matt Moore||One of the longest feature comedies up to that time. Only a trailer survives, at the Library of Congress.|
|Through the Dark||George W. Hill||Forrest Stanley, Colleen Moore||The last two reels, seven and eight, are missing.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Graustark||Dimitri Buchowetzki||Norma Talmadge||The Library of Congress lacks reels one and three (of seven).|
|The Lady||Frank Borzage||Norma Talmadge, Wallace MacDonald, Brandon Hurst||Reel two (of eight) is missing from the Library of Congress archive.|
|The Lost World||Harry Hoyt||Wallace Beery, Bessie Love, Lloyd Hughes, Lewis Stone||It initially had a running time of 106 minutes. Though partially restored, the longest cut runs at approximately 100 minutes. [However, according to silentera.com, the 2017 Flicker Alley Blu-ray edition runs 110 minutes and "includes approximately eight minutes of recently-recovered footage."]|
|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.|
|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.|
|Camille||Fred Niblo||Norma Talmadge||An incomplete 35mm positive print exists in the Raymond Rohauer collection of the Cohen Media Group.|
|The Great Gatsby||Herbert Brenon||Warner Baxter, Lois Wilson||A one-minute trailer exists.|
|Just Another Blonde||Alfred Santell||Dorothy Mackaill, Louise Brooks||The UCLA Film and Television Archive possesses a fragmentary 20 minutes of this film.|
|Mademoiselle from Armentieres||Maurice Elvey||Estelle Brody, John Stuart||The BFI National Archive possesses fragments amounting to about a third of the film (2,850 of 7,900 ft).|
|A Page of Madness||Teinosuke Kinugasa||Masao Inoue, Yoshie Nakagawa||Found by the director in his garden shed in 1970; he had buried it during World War II and forgotten it, but a third of the original footage is still missing.|
|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.|
|The Song and Dance Man||Herbert Brenon||Tom Moore, Bessie Love||Reels three to seven survive in the Library of Congress.|
|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, climactic gag showing a cop receiving a pie in the face, were missing until the second reel was discovered in a private collection in June 2015.|
|Cradle Snatchers||Howard Hawks||Louise Fazenda, Dorothy Phillips|
|Rediscovered by Peter Bogdanovich in the 1970s at the Fox vault, it is still missing half of reel three and all of reel four.|
|The Dove||Roland West||Norma Talmadge||Of the nine reels, the Library of Congress has reels one, three, four and eight.|
|The Enemy||Fred Niblo||Lillian Gish||The MGM film library is in possession of a print lacking the last reel.|
|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.|
|Isle of Sunken Gold||Harry S. Webb||Anita Stewart, Duke Kahanamoku||Chapters four to six and reel one of chapter seven have been found and are held by Collectie Filmcollectief in the Netherlands.|
|King of the Jungle||Webster Cullison||Elmo Lincoln, Sally Long||Only the trailer of this 10-episode serial survives.|
|Metropolis||Fritz Lang||Alfred Abel, Brigitte Helm||About a quarter of the film was believed to have been lost forever prior to 2008, when an almost-complete print was discovered in Argentina. All but five minutes of the film is now intact and restored. The 5 minutes comprise two short scenes that were missing from the Argentinian print. Also, a portion of the top and left sides of each frame were missing from the Argentina print.|
|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 runs five hours and 32 minutes.|
|Now I'll Tell One||James Parrott||Laurel and Hardy||The first reel of this Charley Chase comedy is missing. Both Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy appear, although not yet as a team.|
|Now We're in the Air||Frank R. Strayer||Wallace Beery, Raymond Hatton, Louise Brooks||A complete print was found in 2016 in a Czech archive. It was badly decomposed, however, and only about 23 minutes of the film could be restored.|
|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 10-part serial.|
|Rough House Rosie||Frank R. Strayer||Clara Bow, Reed Howes||A 54-second trailer survives.|
|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.|
|Whispering Smith Rides||Ray Taylor||Wallace MacDonald, Rose Blossom||A trailer for this 10-part serial survives.|
|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.|
|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".|
|Beware of Married Men||Archie Mayo||Irene Rich, Clyde Cook, Myrna Loy||One reel was found in the UCLA Film and Television Archive.|
|Beau Sabreur||John Waters||Gary Cooper|
|A trailer is included in the DVD More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894–1931.|
|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 12-episode serial.|
|How to Handle Women||William James Craft||Glenn Tryon||Includes a bit part by Bela Lugosi, and the only known screen appearance by George Herriman, the creator of the comic strip Krazy Kat. The Library of Congress has a "digital file containing 300 ft. 16mm fragment from one reel (r1) loaned by collector".|
|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: Early American Avant Garde Film 1894-1941.|
|The Man Without a Face||Spencer Gordon Bennet||Allene Ray, Walter Miller||A fragmentary print of this 10-part serial exists.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Sadie Thompson||Raoul Walsh||Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore||The final reel (approximately 10 minutes) is missing. Most of the 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.|
|The Terrible People||Spencer Gordon Bennet||Allene Ray, Walter Miller||A "fragmentary print" of this serial is said to exist.|
|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.|
|The Wedding March||Erich von Stroheim||Erich von Stroheim, Fay Wray||Stroheim's first rough cut was 11 hours long. He intended to turn it into a two-part film, with the second part to be called The Honeymoon. The Honeymoon is presumed lost.|
|1929||The Case of Lena Smith||Josef von Sternberg||Esther Ralston||A four-minute segment was shown at the 2003 Pordenone Silent Film Festival.|
|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.|
|Thunder||William Nigh||Lon Chaney, Sr.||Chaney's last silent film. According to silentera.com, half a reel survives.|
|1928||Melody Of Love||Arch Heath||Walter Pidgeon, Mildred Harris||Universal's first all-talkie. According to silentera.com, an incomplete print exists.|
|My Man||Archie Mayo||Fanny Brice||Reels one, two and 11 of this part-talkie survive, as do an almost complete set of soundtrack discs and the soundtrack of the trailer.|
|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.|
|1929||The Broadway Melody||Harry Beaumont||Charles King, Anita Page||The first talkie to win an Oscar for Best Picture. The scenes also shot in two-strip Technicolor only survive in black and white.|
|Disraeli||Alfred E. Green||George Arliss||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||One reel of the silent version survives in the Library of Congress. The sound version is missing.|
|Gold Diggers of Broadway||Roy Del Ruth||Winnie Lightner, Nick Lucas||Last two reels and some fragments survive, as well as the Vitaphone sound disks.|
|The Great Gabbo||James Cruze||Erich von Stroheim||Originally featured sequences in Multicolor, now believed to be lost.|
|Happy Days||Benjamin Stoloff||Charles E. Evans, Marjorie White, Richard Keene||Second feature film in 70 mm (using the Fox Grandeur system). Widescreen version is believed lost; survives in a 35 mm version.|
|Married in Hollywood||Marcel Silver||J. Harold Murray||The final reel survives (in Multicolor) at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.|
|On With the Show||Alan Crosland||Betty Compson||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||One short clip included in Winner Take All (1932) with James Cagney. Silentera.com states that an incomplete silent trailer also exists.|
|Red Hot Rhythm||Leo McCarey||Alan Hale Sr.||One filmed sequence, the title song ("Red Hot Rhythm"), survives in early Multicolor process.|
|Paris||Clarence G. Badger||Irene Bordoni, Jack Buchanan||A Technicolor fragment survives.|
|Rio Rita||Luther Reed||Bebe Daniels, John Boles||A cut-down 1932 re-release survives.|
|Sally||John Francis Dillon||Marilyn Miller||Originally produced in two-strip Technicolor, today the film survives only in black and white, save for a two-and-a-half-minute sequence.|
|Wolf of Wall Street||Rowland V. Lee||Nancy Carroll, George Bancroft||Only montage sequences by Slavko Vorkapich survive. One of these has been issued in October 2005 in the DVD collection Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant Garde Film 1894–1941.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Fanny Foley Herself||Edna May Oliver||All-color film photographed in Technicolor. The University of California, Los Angeles Library's Film & Television Archive has a color 35 mm trailer.|
|The Ghost Train||Walter Forde||Jack Hulbert|
|Partially recovered (five reels, two reels of the soundtrack) as a result of a 1992 British Film Institute campaign to search for lost films.|
|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.|
|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 search for lost films.|
|The Horror||Bud Pollard||Leslie King, Nyreda Montez||Originally released at 70 minutes, this was re-cut to less than 40 minutes in the 1940s under the title of John the Drunkard. Only the latter version survives, at the Library of Congress.|
|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.|
|Say It With Music||Jack Payne and his Orchestra||A trailer exists.|
|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). In 2016, a 35mm nitrate dupe negative with the English soundtrack was discovered. A 2K scan restoration was made by Lobster Films, and this restoration was picked up for a limited theatrical re-release by Kino Repertory, and a home media release by Kino Lorber Studio Classics in February 2017.|
|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.|
|Devdas||P.C. Barua||P.C. Barua, Jamuna Barua||Of this classic Bengali film, only 60% still survives.|
|The Mystery of the Mary Celeste||Denison Clift||Bela Lugosi, Shirley Grey, Arthur Margetson, Edmund Willard||Eighteen minutes were cut from the film, and the only surviving print 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 U.K. film.|
|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 132 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 132-minute release has survived, no complete print is known to exist. A restoration substituted still photos and individual frames for the seven minutes of missing footage. One minute of footage has been found, and added to a Blu-ray release of the film.|
|1938||Show Business||A. R. Harwood||Bert Matthews||Only rushes from a single minor scene are left.|
|Thank Evans||Roy William Neill||Max Miller, Hal Walters, Albert Whelan||One hundred feet (just over a minute) of footage was found as a result of a 1992 British Film Institute campaign to search for lost films.|
|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 decomposition and is missing its first and last reel, and includes German subtitles. 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.|
|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 dub 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 character.|
|1941||This Man Is Dangerous||Lawrence Huntington||James Mason||Included on the BFI's "75 Most Wanted" list of missing British feature films, a dubbed Italian copy has surfaced.|
|1942||Berdjoang||Rd. Ariffien||Mohamad Mochtar||A single reel was shown at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival; the rest remains lost.|
|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.|
|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. A two-and-a-half minute trailer also survives.|
|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.|
|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.|
|The Red Badge of Courage||John Huston||Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Douglas Dick, Royal Dano||Huston had high hopes for the movie, even considering the original two-hour cut of the film as the best he had ever made as a director. After a power struggle at the top of MGM management, the film was cut from a two-hour epic to the 69-minute version released to theaters, in response to its alleged universally disastrous previews. It was never released as an "A" feature but was shown as a second-feature "B" picture. Both Huston and star Audie Murphy tried unsuccessfully to purchase the film so that it could be re-edited to its original length. Huston did not waste any time fighting over it, as he was focused on the pre-production of his next picture, The African Queen. The studio claimed that the cut footage was destroyed, probably in the 1965 MGM vault fire. In 1975, MGM asked Huston whether he had an original cut of the film, which the studio wanted to re-release. He had actually struck a 16mm print, but by that time, it had been lost. Unless an undiscovered copy of the uncut version exists, The Red Badge of Courage will never be viewed as Huston originally intended.|
|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.|
|1954||Southwest Passage||Ray Nazarro||Joanne Dru||Initially released in 3-D, this feature only survives in 2-D.|
|A Star Is Born||George Cukor||Judy Garland, James Mason||Originally premiering at 181 minutes, Warner Bros. cut the film down to 154 minutes for general release. For a 1983 restoration, running 176 minutes, the original multiple track, stereophonic sound was restored, along with some scenes that had been cut; production stills filled in for other missing scenes. A complete print is rumored to exist.|
|Top Banana||Alfred E. Green||Phil Silvers||Shot and edited in 3-D, the film was released in 2-D. The film only survives in a 16mm, 2-D version, although a 3-D trailer has survived.|
|1955||Godzilla Raids Again||Motoyoshi Oda||Hiroshi Koizumi, Minoru Chiaki||While the movie itself is intact, the Japanese trailer for this second Godzilla film was long presumed lost. However, the trailer for Rodan, a subsequent kaiju movie from Toho, begins with scenes from the first Godzilla movie and Godzilla Raids Again, before showing the monster Rodan. In the first two decades of the 21st century, the studio reused the Rodan trailer, editing it so that only the scenes from Godzilla and Godzilla Raids Again remained. Rodan's roar is still heard near the end, however. The original trailer for Godzilla Raids Again was found in 2016, missing the soundtrack. It is included on the Japanese Blu-ray release of the film.|
|1956||The Burmese Harp||Kon Ichikawa||Nikkatsu, the studio that commissioned the film, released it in Japan 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 were accompanied by B movies. The total running time of 143 minutes was cut to 116 for later re-release and export, reputedly over Ichikawa's objection. The original 143-minute version is lost.|
|1960||The Three Stooges Scrapbook||Sidney Miller||The Three Stooges||Unsold television pilot, divided in 1963 into two theatrical shorts—also titled The Three Stooges Scrapbook—padded with long animated sequences. A portion was also reprinted in black and white and incorporated into the feature The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962). The original television pilot is lost.|
|1963||It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World||Stanley Kramer||Spencer Tracy,||Premiering at 192 minutes, the movie was edited to 162 minutes for general release. In the late 1980s, 20 minutes of deleted footage were found in a warehouse which had been slated for demolition and restored to the film in 1991. The remaining lost roadshow footage was tracked down in 2013 as part of a restoration effort to return the film to its original roadshow length. A majority of the scenes found were complete; the remainder were missing either the sound or the visuals, as they were derived from original 70mm roadshow prints that were themselves edited down from Kramer's original cut. The original elements disappeared long ago.|
|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.|
|1964||Think||Charles and Ray Eames||The film was part of an exhibit at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Around 2016, a home movie held at Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archives was found to include three minutes of the 1964 version.|
|1966||The Good, the Bad and the Ugly||Sergio Leone||Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef||At least two completed sequences from this film, one in which Blondie foils Tuco with the aid of a Mexican prostitute, and another in which Angel Eyes explains to Blondie how he came to know about Jackson's gold, were cut from all releases, including the Italian premiere version, and are now believed to be lost. All that remains of the former sequence is a snippet of footage used in a French trailer for the film, while a small number of production photos provide evidence for both scenes' existence.|
|1967||Four Stars||Andy Warhol||Edie Sedgwick, Ondine||One of the longest films ever publicly screened, it ran for close to 25 hours at The Filmmaker's Cinemathèque in New York City on December 15–16, 1967. Based on extant data regarding the order of reels, films that still remain and projection information, a full reconstruction is not possible.|
|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 U.S. version in CinemaScope.|
|1968||2001: A Space Odyssey||Stanley Kubrick||Keir Dullea||After the original premiere, Kubrick cut 19 minutes (while adding title cards and a small insertion at the "Dawn of Man" sequence). 17 minutes of the cut footage were discovered in a Kansas salt mine where some motion pictures are archived.|
|1971||Bedknobs and Broomsticks||Robert Stevenson||Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson||The film was shortened after its premiere, from two and a half hours to 119 minutes. In 1996, a restoration effort was mounted, and most of the cut footage was found. However, most of the dialogue tracks for these scenes could not be recovered, so the scenes were dubbed by the original actors when possible. Footage of the song "A Step in the Right Direction", which was included on the original soundtrack album, has not been found.|
|The Big Boss||Lo Wei||Bruce Lee||After its Hong Kong run, the movie was edited for Western release. Numerous cuts were made, mostly to remove the more graphic violence. Also removed was an explicit brothel scene in which Lee's character makes love to a Thai prostitute (Lee's only implied nude scene in his career). The missing footage has been rumored to still exist.|
|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, 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 a scene in Leone's previous film, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), and one in which Dr. Villega is tortured for information by Colonel Reza.|
|1972||The Last House on the Left||Wes Craven||Sandra Cassel, Lucy Grantham||This film was unusually graphic for its time, and many cinema machinists made their own cuts. As a result, some scenes are missing from most versions of the film, and the sound is missing from other scenes.|
|1973||The Wicker Man||Robin Hardy||Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward||The original negative and film elements of Robin Hardy's 99-minute director's cut of The Wicker Man are lost, and only survive on tape recordings. In 2013, StudioCanal launched a Facebook campaign to find missing material from the film, which resulted in the discovery of a 92-minute 35mm print at the Harvard Film Archive, which saw a theatrical and home media release subtitled The Final Cut. This print, previously known as the "Middle Version", was assembled by Hardy for the film's then-US distributor, Abraxas, for its 1979 US theatrical re-release.|
|1974||The Corpse Eaters||Donald R. Passmore, Klaus Vetter||Michael Hopkins, Ed LeBreton||After being sold as a tax write-off, the film faded into obscurity for years until Encore Home Video rediscovered it in 1993 and released it on DVD several years later, claiming to have transferred their copy from the only known surviving print. This version runs 57 minutes, and is considered incomplete.|
|1977||Last House on Dead End Street||Roger Watkins||Roger Watkins||The original cut of the film, bearing the title Cuckoo Clocks of Hell, was three hours in length. Although it was screened in 1974, this version has been lost; the original negatives are missing and may have been destroyed.|
|1979||Caligula||Tinto Brass||Malcolm McDowell||Most of the third act and many small scenes in the first two-thirds are missing.|
|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 still exist. The surviving footage has been edited together and shown at several film festivals, but never officially released. It is rumored to be in Tarantino's possession.|
|2002||Is It College Yet?||Karen Disher||Tracy Grandstaff||The original screening was 75 minutes long, but subsequent screenings and all DVD releases have been only 66 minutes long. It is believed that MTV lost some of the film and re-shot parts with some lines of dialogue omitted.|
|2010||Tebaatusasula (Those Who Were Screwed Over)||Nabwana IGG||Sserunya Ernest||A follow-up to the 2010 Ugandan action film Who Killed Captain Alex?, Tebaatusasula was lost when the studio's only computer was destroyed in a power outage. A trailer still exists, and a remake was funded on Kickstarter in 2015.|
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