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In a Hempen Bag (1909)

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A woman decides to drown the family cat which has become a nuisance. She ties it in a hempen bag and gives it to the deaf gardener to throw in the river. However, the children discover the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Grace Henderson ...
The Mother
Ruth Hart ...
The Maid
Dorothy West ...
The Daughter
Kate Bruce ...
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Linda Arvidson
Adele DeGarde ...
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Gladys Egan ...
One of the Children
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The Young Man
Jeanie Macpherson ...
Couple on Road
Jack Pickford ...
On the Road
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The Gardener
Henry B. Walthall ...
Couple on Road
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A woman decides to drown the family cat which has become a nuisance. She ties it in a hempen bag and gives it to the deaf gardener to throw in the river. However, the children discover the cat and set if free. Meanwhile a maid who has been fired decides to take revenge and hides the baby in the same sack. The deaf gardener takes the sack, but doesn't notice the change in contents and is unable to hear the baby. The mother discovers her baby missing and, suspecting what has happened, rushes to the river to stop the gardener. Written by Anonymous

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16 December 1909 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the drama The Test (1909). See more »

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10 May 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

One of the things that the 34 year old D.W. Griffith lacks in his short films is a biography for each character. None of them seem to have a history, and therefore the actors are not able to do some independent homework off the set to prepare for each day's shoot. You can tell by just watching this short film that Griffith had a few notes sketched down on a piece of paper without a script to work from. He allowed his cameraman to let the camera roll and hope that the visuals will tell the story. The result is that the protagonists do not come to life or possess any personality whatsoever, suggesting that the actors had no intervention in making script changes.


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