1901-1910

D.W. Griffith – The Usurer (1910)

A wealthy, callous moneylender finds a terrifying way to learn about money’s limitations. Read More »

D.W. Griffith & G.W. Bitzer – The Adventures of Dollie (1908)

On a warm and sunny summer’s day, a mother and father take their young daughter Dollie on a riverside outing. A gypsy basket peddler happens along, and is angered when the mother refuses to buy his wares. He attacks mother and daughter but is driven off by the father. Later the gypsy sneaks back and kidnaps the girl. A rescue party is organized but the gypsy conceals the child in a 30 gallon barrel which he precariously places on the tail of the wagon. He and his gypsy-wife make their getaway by fording the river with the wagon. The barrel, with Dollie still inside, breaks free, tumbling into into the river; it starts floating toward the peril of a nearby waterfall…
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D.W. Griffith – The Unchanging Sea (1910)

In this story set at a seaside fishing village and inspired by a Charles Kingsley poem, a young couple’s happy life is turned about by an accident. The husband, although saved from drowning, loses his memory. A child is on the way, and soon a daughter is born to his wife. We watch the passage of time, as his daughter matures and his wife ages. The daughter becomes a lovely young woman, herself ready for marriage. One day on the beach, the familiarity of the sea and the surroundings triggers a return of her father’s memory, and we are reminded that although people age and change, the sea and the ways of the fisherfolk remain eternal. Read More »

D.W. Griffith – A Corner in Wheat (1909)

An unscrupulous and greedy capitalist speculator decides to corner the wheat market for his own profit, establishing complete control over the markets. Read More »

D.W. Griffith – The Sealed Room (1909)

A king exacts vengeance upon his faithless mistress and her lover. Read More »

D.W. Griffith – Those Awful Hats (1909)

Set in an early cinema house, this comic short illustrates the problems with the gals’ hats obscuring the movie patron’s line of vision. Read More »

D.W. Griffith – A Corner in Wheat (1909)

Plot: A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain’s producers into charity lines and further into poverty. The film continues to contrast the ironic differences between the lives of those who work to grow the wheat and the life of the man who dabbles in its sale for profit. Read More »