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Where the Breakers Roar (1908)

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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22 September 1908 (USA)  »

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Swimsuit Fashions of 1908
6 November 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – 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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