Owen Moore (12 December 1886 – 9 June 1939) was an Irish-born American actor, appearing in more than 279 movies spanning from 1908 to 1937.
Moore was born in Fordstown Crossroads, County Meath, Ireland. Along with his parents, John and Rose Anna Moore, brothers Tom, Matt, and Joe, and sister Mary (1890–1919), he emigrated to the United States as a steerage passenger on board the S.S. Anchoria. The Moore family were inspected on Ellis Island in May 1896 and settled in the Toledo, Ohio area. Moore and his siblings went on to successful careers in motion pictures in Hollywood, California.While working at D. W. Griffith's Biograph Studios, Moore met a young Canadian actress named Gladys Smith, whom he married on January 7, 1911. Their marriage was kept secret at first because of the strong opposition of her mother. However, Gladys Moore would soon overshadow her husband under her stage name, Mary Pickford. In 1912, he signed on with Victor Studios, co-starring in a number of their films with studio owner/actress Florence Lawrence.Mary Pickford left Biograph Studios to join the Independent Moving Pictures (IMP) to replace their star, Florence Lawrence. Carl Laemmle, the owner of IMP (IMP later merged into Universal Studios), agreed to sign Moore as part of the deal. This humiliation, together with his wife's meteoric rise to fame, drastically affected Moore, and alcohol became a problem that led to violent behavior and his physically abusing Pickford. In 1916, Pickford met actor Douglas Fairbanks. In 1920, Pickford filed for divorce from Moore when she agreed to his demand of $100,000 settlement. Pickford and Fairbanks married days later.Moore appeared in many successful films for Lewis J. Selznick (father of producer David O. Selznick and agent Myron Selznick), in the late teens and early 1920s. He was a popular star at Selznick Pictures along with Olive Thomas, Elaine Hammerstein, Eugene O'Brien and Conway Tearle. He also appeared in films for his own production company as well as Goldwyn and Triangle.Moore married a second time to silent film actress, Katherine Perry, in 1921. With the advent of sound film, Moore's career declined, and he became a supporting actor for newer stars. He competed, as the third lead, with Cary Grant and Noah Beery, Sr. for the attentions of Mae West in She Done Him Wrong, Paramount's most lucrative film of 1933. His last film appearance was as a movie director in the 1937 drama A Star Is Born, starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March – ironically a movie about a former film star who turned to alcohol, much like himself at that time.
Movies & TV shows
Why Be Good?: Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema
Before the G, PG and R ratings system there was nothing. The rampant sexuality of early Hollywood is examined through movie clips and reminiscences by stars of the era. The Production Code, which gove...
A Star Is Born
Esther Blodgett is trying to break into the movie business. After waitressing at a Hollywood party, she catches the eye of her hero Norman Maine, and is sent for a screen test, and before long attains...
She Done Him Wrong
Lady Lou has a lot of men friends. One of them is a vicious criminal who escaped and is on the way to see his girl, not knowing she hasn't been faithful in his absence. Captain Cummings is a local tem...
A Man of Sentiment
A man and woman fall in love at first sight, but everyone in their universe tries to keep them apart except one old fool with a sentimental heart.
As You Desire Me
A discontented alcoholic who is pursued by many men but also lives with a novelist. Tony claims that Maria's memory was destroyed during World War I, and that he showed up on the estate to prove it. A...
Outside the Law
Fingers is planning a half-million-dollar bank robbery in gang boss Cobra Collins' territory. Fingers' moll Connie tries to bluff Cobra into thinking the hit won't be for another week when the call co...
Alice Kendall is the darling of her social set, the sons and daughters of millionaires, although Alice's mother has impoverished herself to provide Alice with the luxuries she expects as her right. Mo...
What a Widow!
A woman leaves $5 million after her husband dies. She travels to Paris and becomes part of the "Continental" set and is pursued by a rich playboy and a lawyer.
The story of a girl whose past casts a shadow over her future happiness with the man who loves her. How much of her past must a girl tell the man she wants to marry?
A theatrical troupe from the west end of London loses its leading lady (Rose Trelawny) when she goes off to marry a rich young man from the other side of town (Arthur Gower). The rest of the play deal...
The Red Mill
A servant girl plays matchmaker for the local burgomaster's daughter while setting her own sights on a visiting Irishman.
Beware of Widows
The handsome Dr. John Waller specializes in the ailments of women, or more specifically, wealthy widows.
Becky (1927) film
Husbands for Rent
A newlywed couple, after six months of marriage, decides that they've made a mistake and plan to divorce. Her father, however, has other ideas and hatches a plot to make them realize that they really ...
The Taxi Dancer
A girl from the south is dancing in New York City.
Women Love Diamonds
A young woman can't marry a millionaire because she was born illegitimately.
Sam Starling (Owen Moore) is deep in debt, his wife Phoebe (Claire Windsor) is leaving him and still he is confident. When Phoebe boards a luxury yacht and is wooed by the captain, Sam comes aboard as...
The Road to Mandalay
Joe, a former sea captain whose wife died during the birth of their child at sea, is now a pockmarked, disreputable divekeeper in Singapore where he indulges in shady operations with Herrick. Joe's da...
Two thieves, the Blackbird and West End Bertie, fall in love with the same girl. The men are trying to win her heart.
Oh, Mabel Behave
Squire Peachem (Ford Sterling) wants to marry the innkeeper's daughter (Normand). Since Peachem has a hefty mortgage on the inn, he thinks he can use it to effect a union, but the girl is not interest...
A Girl Like That
Gordon's father was once a criminal, but has turned his life around. In order to raise funds for their sick friend, the old cronies persuaded Nell to help them in a bank robbery. After getting a job i...
A Coney Island Princess
When Pete Milholland (Owen Moore) goes on a drunken spree, his fiancee, Alice Gardner (Eva Francis), gives him back his ring. Still woozy, he stumbles out of his home to leave for Europe and winds up ...
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
The story of a poor young woman separated from her husband and baby because of prejudice is interwoven with other stories of intolerance.
A Keystone comedy short starring Mabel Normand
Nell Gwyn and King Charles II fall in love after meeting at a fox hunt. Nell soon learns the jealous Duchess of Portsmouth is a spy and conspiring with the Duke of Buckingham to place Charles at the m...
The Little Teacher
The new school teacher fresh from the city struggles with her unruly bumpkin students, while she awaits the arrival of her fiancé.
Mabel Lost and Won
Mabel has just gotten engaged during a housewarming party of which her mother is the hostess. When an annoying party guest persuades Mabel to dance with him, Mabel hurries through the dance and then g...
Home, Sweet Home
John Howard Payne started his career in the theater. Payne begins to lead a life of dissolute habits despite encouragement from his mother and his sweetheart. He thinks of better days when he is deep ...
The Battle of the Sexes
Frank is a successful businessman. He has found joy in the company of his family. He fell in love with a gay young woman who lives in the same apartment house as he does. At last he forgets his home t...
Cinderella is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, but she is able to go to the Royal Ball with the help of the Fairy Godmother.
Taking a Chance
When a woman tries to find a young couple, she brings suspicion to herself.
In Swift Waters
A foolish suitor gains favor in a girl's eyes when he pretends to have saved her life. She rejects him when the truth is known.
The Chance Shot
A blackmailer is accidentally killed by a stray bullet.
When a fireman rescues his sister-in-law, he mistakes her for his wife when she dies, and contemplates suicide until he learns the truth.
Betty, a farm cook, wants to be an actress but her dreams turn into nightmares and she seeks comfort in the arms of a hired hand.
The Advent of Jane
Dr. Jane Bixby, a new doctor in a rural town, solves the mystery of the moonshiner's still.
Honor Thy Father
A film that was lost. Mary was left motherless at seventeen and stepped into her mother's place as the head and support of the family. Her father was disowned by his family after he married beneath hi...
Her Cousin Fred
Flo and George are Fred's cousins.
The Winning Punch
A country suitor was jealous of his rival for his sweetheart's hand.
The Lady Leone
The Queen protects an heiress who falls in love with a poor knight.
The Redemption of Riverton
The barkeeper's daughter was an unexpected ally for the minister when he tried to clean up Riverton.
The Mill Buyers
Flo's suitor won her mother's favor when he returned a lost pocketbook.
Two actors fall in love with the same girl while trying to get ready for a play.
Henry Jones and Mrs. were sweethearts. Mary Owen, a widower and a widow, meet at a summer resort and get married. He sends telegrams to his daughter and son on their way back to the city. The children...
All for Love
Little Flo is the daughter of a blind musician and the pair live by means of the few pennies tossed to them on the street, the father playing the violin and Flo dancing and singing to his accompanimen...
The Angel of the Studio
He sees the artificial beauty of a model when he sees an unattractive girl.
If she doesn't give him up, he will kill her sweetheart.
An elderly woman looks back on the special times in her life, thinking especially about her now-departed husband and the things they did together. Though it is sad that these times are now gone, she i...
A film that was lost. Tom Moreland and Owen Jackson are both very fond of the woman, but she is also very fond of the man. Soon Moreland will be invited to join a party to discover the source of the A...
A Manly Man
Mary Pickford made one-reelers in Cuba for Carl Laemmle's Independent Motion Pictures Company. Pickford plays a young Filipino woman who falls in love with a man. A Caucasian man was sent to her villa...
Little Red Riding Hood
A little girl walks through the woods to deliver food to her sick grandmother, only to find a wolf in her way.
For the Queen's Honor
A lost film. The king is good-natured and doesn't suspect that the queen is plainly beginning to think too much of one of the courtiers. The queen's sister is aware of the situation and saves the quee...
The Better Way
A lost film. Louis Perry is discharged from the penitentiary, having served his sentence. He immediately resumes relations with his evil companions. One day he happens to meet Lillian Garvey, a Salvat...
Behind the Stockade
There is a plot unknown.
The Call of the Song
A film that was lost. The sweethearts are Hugh and Amy Gordon. Hugh was offered to work in the office of the business firm. Hugh is in the city with the fast set. Every day, Amy goes to the post offic...
The Message in the Bottle
A film that was lost. Lieutenant Shannon tries to reach civilization by throwing a bottle with a message into the sea. The savages of the islands were impressed by his brave spirit and the King offere...
Dick won the contest because he believes that all is fair in love and that he can circumvent the fates which often decree otherwise. The girl was told by the fortune teller that the test was in her fa...
A Gasoline Engagement
A film that was lost. The girl's stern father has other plans for his daughter, preferring the Rev, despite the fact that the girl's lovers are lovers. John was a son-in-law. Arthur was told by his da...
The Fair Dentist
A film that was lost. Three men pose as women who can't resist them. They met their match with the arrival of Edith Morton.
Back to the Soil
A film that was lost. George is living with his parents on the farm, while his sweetheart is on an adjoining farm. George is satisfied that he has talent as an artist and that he finds rural life irks...
A lost film. A young lieutenant is sent to the Philippines and is erroneously reported dead. His devastated fiancée ( Mary Pickford ) enters a convent and takes the vows. Problems transpire when the v...
Maid or Man
Jimmie Keene is an ardent devotee of the art of self-defense and never misses a boxing match when he can help it. Jimmie's father, however, being a deacon in the church naturally frowns upon such affa...
Love Heeds Not Showers
A film that was lost. Mary will be the fortune teller at the charity bazaar. Jack is invited to visit by her brother. Mary decided to walk on the road after the auto broke down. Jack decides to walk w...
For Her Brother's Sake
A film that was lost. Madge, the daughter of James Spotwood, repulses HiramFlint, a young gambler and horseman. He bought a mortgage on the Spotwood farm. Owen, Spotwood's son, gambles and loses money...
A film that was lost. Paula told her father that Ambrose asked her to be his wife. The honest old fisherman is doubtful of Ambrose and his suspicions are confirmed when he sees his daughter's lover in...
A film that was lost. Jose Almedo is a cattle thief. His wife tries to help him. Jose and his band are going to run off some cattle. Marie carries her little girl, Nello. She is in the path of the cat...
While painting the demure little model, Vera, who sat for him day after day, Reginald Spencer was unconscious of the fact that she was falling very deeply in love with him. He has a commission to pain...
The Caddy's Dream
A film that was lost. Mr. Browntop and Miss Kelsomine are playing golf. Andrew McTavish is a lean Scotchman. Browntop hoists the ball with a drive into the sky after teeing it off. They searched and d...
Their First Misunderstanding
A long-lost film starring actress Mary Pickford. She received her first on-screen credit in this film. In it she plays a wife fighting with her husband (Owen Moore). A solitary copy was discovered in...
The Courting of Mary
A lost film. Mary the tomboy, and Owen, the sportsman, have an equal aversion to the opposite sex. . Meeting at the trout stream one day, Owen orders Mary off his side of the stream, where she has com...
In Old Madrid
A young Spanish couple want to be together, but are hindered by the girl's parents. They try a ruse to get a chance to be alone, but it is discovered. The young man then decides to resort to more dari...
In the Sultan's Garden
Lieutenant Robbins, a young naval officer, sees Haydee the favored inmate of the sultan's harem and is smitten by her charms. She is also interested in the handsome young American. She manages to writ...
A man neglects his wife to go out. She is mistreated when he comes home drunk. He has a dream in which he thinks about how he treats his wife.
The story opens with a pretty love scene between the Lieutenant and his betrothed, Kate Stanley. Hammond is ordered to join his regiment in Cuba and Kate is heartbroken. He tells her they must part, a...
A Game for Two
The friend flirts back when the wife tries to drive him away.
Clarence and Felix are both competitors for the heart of Letitia Mooney, but Clarence is the favorite. Letty becomes jealous of her cousin, who seems to have a feeling down in her heart for Clarence, ...
In the Border States
During the Civil War, a father living in a border state leaves to join the Union Army. After he leaves, Confederate troops forage on his property, where a soldier encounters one of his daughters. The ...
The Duke’s Plan
A plot by the Duke to save his daughter from marriage to a poor lad of noble birth almost cost her her life.
Her Terrible Ordeal
A young secretary is locked in an airtight vault by a robber. Only her boss knows the combination, and he is off on a journey. Can the boss's son locate his absent-minded father before it is too late ...
The Doctor's Perfidy
A doctor is jealous of his patient's interest in his nurse.
All the World’s a Stage
A husband is jealous of his wife's performance with her best friend.
The Last Deal
Owen Moore is addicted to gambling and about to lose his family and job because of it. James Kirkwood, his brother-in-law, shows up and cures him of his gambling fever.
The Rocky Road
A man is separated from his family due to the evils of drink. He becomes prosperous and sober in time. He met a young woman and fell in love with her. He didn't know this young woman was his own daugh...
What the Daisy Said
Two sisters want to know whether there is romance in their future. One sister pulls the petals off of a flower, while the other has her fortune told by a gypsy. When the gypsy tells the fortune so as ...
The Right Girl
Sometimes, somewhere, we find a right girl for all of us. The discovery leads through strange channels. A young heiress is discouraged by unsuccessful attempts to find a suitable husband at the seasho...
The Irony of Fate
The woman he loves after the death of her husband was rejected by a suitor.
The Count of Montebello
In pursuit of a young heiress, Gerald and Percy spent all of their fortune.
Trying to Get Arrested
A person trying to get himself arrested so he can sleep in the nice, warm jail is ignored by the police.
The Little Darling
This might be termed a comedy of errors, for the overzealousness of a lot of good-hearted simple folks places them in a rather embarrassing position. Lillie Green, who keeps a boarding house, receives...
The Indian Runner's Romance
An Indian comforts a dying prospector in his last moments. In exchange, the prospector tells him the location of his gold claim. A group of cowboys tries to get the information and go as far as kidnap...
In Old Kentucky
Brothers George and Robert enlist on opposite sides in the Civil War. Robert is captured as a spy for the South, but escapes and hides in his parents' house. George leads the search party, but doesn't...
The Golden Louis
A homeless girl is sleeping when an anonymous donor drops a gold coin in her shoe. A gambler with a'sure thing' borrows the coin and wins a fortune, but he can't find her again to repay her.
The Cricket on the Hearth
Edward was forced into an engagement after three years at sea.
A husband is suspicious of his wife. A cousin borrows a shawl to meet her lover. The husband spies the couple and thinks it's his wife. The husband's mind is temporarily destroyed by the thought that ...
The Lure of the Gown
A handsome woman is the most fascinating thing since fine feathers make fine birds. It is when she wears a gown that is a masterpiece of the dressmaker's art that she gets the attention of the male co...
His Lost Love
Mary married James after jilting his brother. James is in love with Mary's sister. Mary was killed by the shock of this and her baby was left motherless. The father is willing to raise the daughter. J...
1776, or The Hessian Renegades
A young soldier is spotted and pursued by a group of enemy soldiers during the American Revolution. He takes refuge with a family. Plans need to be made for the family and their neighbors to see the i...
A country boy and a city boy are both courting the same girl. The girl sees the country boy's tender treatment of a wounded bird and chooses him.
A Rude Hostess
Mrs. Leffingwell ran after the last guests to return a forgotten muff. Someone enters the apartment while she's out and opens the safe. He can't make his escape before she returns, so he tries to bluf...
The Mills of the Gods
A woman tries to convince a publisher to accept her husband's work.
The Mended Lute
A girl escapes from her father to be with a man she loves.
Jealousy and the Man
Jim believes his wife is having an affair with John West. Birthday surprise is the reason for the intrigue.
The Children's Friend
Three little girls are stuck in a sand pit. A person ties a note around a pigeon's neck. The parents are told where the girls are trapped by the pigeon.
The Joneses Have Amateur Theatricals
This is a very rare attempt at comedy by D. W. There is a person named Griffith.
The Welcome Burglar
Mack Sennett appears as a butler and a man in an office in this film produced by the Biograph Company.
A confirmed bachelor learns that he will inherit his late uncle's fortune only if he gets married. After returning to his bachelor lifestyle, he realized he couldn't get his wife's face out of his min...
The Faded Lilies
A violinist makes a mistake for a love bouquet. He lost his mind when he realized his mistake.
The Peachbasket Hat
Mrs. Jones leaves her baby with the maid while she shops for a new hat. The maid invites a group of gypsies into the house for a palm reading. Everyone assumes the baby has been kidnapped until the ba...
The Drunkard's Reformation
A man is late and drunk. He's supposed to take their daughter to see a play. He was faced with his own drinking problems while watching the play.
His Wife's Visitor
Harry leaves his wife at home to play poker. His wife is angry that she has had a male caller while he was gone.
A Corner in Wheat
A greedy tycoon cornered the world market in wheat. Grain producers are forced into charity lines because of the double price of bread. The life of a man who sells wheat for profit is similar to the l...
They Would Elope
Two lovers elope and expect to be pursued by her father. But the clever father has tricked them into running off, and celebrates their wedding when they return home.
Through the Breakers
A society couple, neglect their young daughter in favor of their social life. When the girl becomes seriously ill, the father realizes the errors of his ways and stays home with her, demanding his wif...
The Redman's View
An Indian village is forced to leave its land by white settlers, and must make a long and weary journey to find a new home. The settlers make one young Indian woman stay behind. This woman is thus sep...
The Light That Came
A disfigured young woman with two beautiful sisters is courted by a blind man. Will he still love her when his sight is restored?
Lines of White on a Sullen Sea
After Bill goes to sea, Emily vows to stay true until his return. Bill married another woman from a different port. Emily has been waiting for six years. When Bill suddenly appears in town with his fa...
Nekhludoff, a Russian nobleman serving on a jury, discovered that the young girl on trial was someone he once had an affair with and that he himself bears responsibility for reducing her to crime. He ...
The Sealed Room
In order to make a private room for himself and his wife, the Count decided to build it in a way that no one can see, hear, or disturb them. The Count didn't know that his wife had set her eyes on him...
The Cardinal's Conspiracy
A royal woman doesn't like her marriage. The suitor will shave and change clothes. He arranged with clowns to stage an attack on the princess. When the cardinal arranges his arrest, the princess falls...
Mrs. He borrowed a necklace from a friend for a social event. Afterwards it is stolen. He goes into debt to duplicate it. The costume jewelry was discovered by the thief. He struggles for years to pay...
A court fool thinks the Duke is after his daughter and arranges to have her killed. The daughter hid in the Duke's cloak to listen to the plot and save him.
Helen is Edward's wife. He decided to go away because of his feelings. Edward was behind a curtain as he said goodbye to Helen. Edward shoots himself, thinking Helen can be happy with William. Helen b...
A short version of James Fenimore Cooper's famous tale about Natty Bumppo and his exploits during the French and Indian war.
The Way of Man
A woman is scarred in an accident and refuses to stand in the way of her lover's marriage to another.
The Lonely Villa
A gang of thieves lure a man out of his home so that they can rob it and then threaten his wife and children. The criminals are more likely to break in if the family is barricaded in an interior room....
A Strange Meeting
Mary is coerced into helping with a burglary of a minister's apartment. Later she repents and goes to the minister's storefront mission to help.
It's Bob Allen's twenty-first birthday. His mother and his brother Jack, a policeman present him with a cap, personalized with his initals in the lining. Jack then goes to work and Bob goes out also. ...
The Son's Return
A son leaves to seek his fortune in the city. Many years later he returns and checks into his parents' inn. They don't recognize him, but noticing his fat wallet, plan to rob him.
Nursing a Viper
During the French Revolution, a wealthy couple lives safely by professing republican beliefs. When a mob attacks a nearby chateau an aristocrat bursts into the couple's home. They save his life by dis...
The Broken Locket
George Peabody is a young man who has been giving free rein to his inclinations, the principal one being drink. One might have concluded he was lost, but there was the chance which the hand of Provide...
Pippa awakes and faces the world outside with a song. Unknown to her, the music has a healing effect on all who hear her as she passes by.
The Violin Maker of Cremona
The winner of the violin contest in Cremona will have their hand in marriage. Filippo is secretly in love with her, but is also ashamed of being a cripple, so he switched his violin with that of anoth...
Mary Pickford's debut is a love story. They don't reconcile and have no contact for ten years. A society girl is spending her time at parties with her friends. Henry is very ill and wishes to see his ...
The Mountaineer's Honor
A mountain girl is seduced by a traveler from the valley. Her brother tracks the seducer down and kills him. In retaliation, the sheriff captures the brother and prepares to lynch him. Mother interven...