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Where the Breakers Roar (1908)

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An early Biograph short in which two separate sequences of events collide and the leading man must save his lady from the villain. The first storyline involves a group of young adult ... See full summary »

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An early Biograph short in which two separate sequences of events collide and the leading man must save his lady from the villain. The first storyline involves a group of young adult beach-goers, particularly focusing on one couple in love. The other storyline involves a criminal who escapes from two policemen. The con eventually makes his way to the beach where the other group is frolicking. He takes the leading lady hostage out in a rowboat, and it is up to her man to save her. Written by bughouse

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Swimsuit Fashions of 1908
6 November 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Linda Arvidson and Arthur V. Johnson enjoy a romantic rendezvous at the beach; meanwhile, Charles Inslee escapes from a couple of policemen, who are bringing him to a nearby "Insane Asylum"; he gets one of the lawmen's guns, and dashes off for the beach. At the beach, Inslee abducts Ms. Arvidson, taking her off in a canoe (presumably to aid in his escape). Will the swimsuit set be able to rescue fair damsel from the clutches of the maniacal Inslee?

D.W. Griffith presents an interesting situation: having a insane criminal "invade" a group of innocent young beachgoers, who are presumably unrelated to the lunatic. Note that, along the way, Inslee accosts a man, serving no other purpose than to exchange the lunatic's gun for a knife. Those looking for Director Griffith to start every genre imaginably might call "Where Breakers Roar" the proto-type "slasher film"; however, there is no slashing. Mainly, this film is an opportunity to see 1908 swimsuit fashions.

*** Where Breakers Roar (9/22/08) D.W. Griffith ~ Arthur V. Johnson, Linda Arvidson, Charles Inslee


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