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The Mended Lute (1909)

 |  Western, Short  |  5 August 1909 (USA)
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Rising Moon loves Little Bear, but her father prefers Standing Rock, a richer suitor. Standing Rock takes her to his teepee under guard, but she escapes and joins Little Bear as they attempt to escape.

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Rising Moon
Frank Powell ...
Chief Great Elk Horn
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Little Bear
James Kirkwood ...
Standing Rock
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Arthur V. Johnson ...
Indian
Alfred Paget ...
Indian
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Indian
Henry B. Walthall ...
Indian
Red Wing ...
Indian
James Young Deer ...
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Pretty little Rising Moon, the daughter of Chief Great Elk Horn, is wooed by Little Bear, and we meet them first at the foot of Snake Falls where they plight their troth to the music of the rumbling waters. Little Bear's worldly possessions are slim, and Great Elk Horn rejects his meager offerings in favor of Standing Rock's rich gifts, and so Rising Moon is taken away by him to his wigwam, where she is left while her husband that is to be goes hunting. Taking advantage of his absence she steals away to the forlorn heart of her own choice, Little Bear, before it is too late. Standing Rock returning and finding her gone at once surmises the truth, and gathering his companions together, starts in pursuit. Little Bear and Rising Moon hearing their approach endeavor to make their escape. Pushing their way towards the river bank, with Standing Rock and his braves following, they leap into a canoe and are soon dashing along in the swift current of the mountain stream, which is in places the... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Lesser Griffith
27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mended Lute, The (1909)

** (out of 4)

D.W. Griffith film has a female Indian wanting to marry the man she wants but her father, the Chief, already has someone picked out for her. In a dangerous move the woman and her man try to escape the tribe. This is a pretty boring short even at only eight minutes long. There's a chase sequence at the end but it's not exciting and never gets any suspense going for it. Griffith's direction is all over the place with the only good scene being a knife fight between two of the Indians.

You can view this film from Grapevine via their D.W. Griffith: The Director series.


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