Three little girls fall into a sand pit and can't get out. One of them ties a note around her pet pigeon's neck and releases it. The pigeon flies home, alerting the parents to where the girls are trapped.





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Credited cast:
Linda Arvidson
Verner Clarges
Adele DeGarde ...
Gladys Egan ...
Marion Leonard
Frank Powell
Billy Quirk


A party of children start on a little outing at the beach. A dog wagon, drawn by Rover, carries baby, and Gladys parries their little feathered friend, a dove. A children's quarrel ensues and the party is divided. Gladys, Pearl and baby go in one direction, the rest in the other. The trio sit on the edge of a sand pit playing with their dove when there is a cave-in and all three go to the bottom. In vain they try to get out, but fail. Meanwhile their absence has been felt, and a searching party is scouring the neighborhood. Pearl conceives the idea of making a messenger of their bird, so tying a note to its neck, sends it off. It flies home; their whereabouts are discovered and they are soon rescued from their perilous situation. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama





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13 September 1909 (USA)  »

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O Amigo das Crianças  »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the comedy Getting Even (1909). See more »

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A Victorian Pageant
29 October 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Most of the 34 year old D.W. Griffith's short films look like a Victorian pageant. It is robbed of dialogue, portraying lesser personnel as sub-human. I think what was needed in this four minute piece was for the characters to be humanized in order to be more believable. There was little for me to embrace in this film because it had nothing to hold my attention. The protagonist was not a reflection of me, and basically dragged me (rather than carry me) through the plot. It was quite an alienating experience as there was nothing personal in it for me. There was no light relief, and the four minutes just plodded along. It lacked sympathy and emotional tug that would enable me to take this film to heart.

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