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The Mills of the Gods (1909)

A woman in love with an unsuccessful author tries to convince a publisher to accept his work.





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Credited cast:
Henry Woodson
Hulda, the Maid
Delivery Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William J. Butler ...
In Editor's Office
Verner Clarges ...
In Editor's Office
At Party
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
At Party
In Editor's Office
At Party
At Party


Henry Woodson, a struggling author, has experienced the usual discouraging indifference on the part of magazine editors, who have returned his literary efforts unread, for being unknown to them, they deem it a waste of valuable time to read them. Desperate beyond expression, he realizes that if something don't turn up he will be turned out of his boarding house by the mercenary landlady, whose daughter Nellie he is in love with, which love is returned. Hulda, the Swedish maid, is deeply smitten with the young writer, and is grieved at his misfortune. An idea seizes her. She has saved some money, so she takes his rejected manuscript to the publisher and begs that he accept it and pay for it with her money. This the editor indignantly refuses to do, but her sincere, simple manner appeals to him, so he at length consents to consider it sufficiently as to read it. It is a surprise to him, being possessed of such rare merit, that he sends a check to Woodson, with word that he will be glad ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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30 August 1909 (USA)  »

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

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Documented Living
10 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Short films like this one aren't stories nor are they paintings. They are documented living, tracing the movements of characters created by the 34 year old D.W. Griffith. Moving images are meant to be a progression from still life paintings. Hogarth could easily be regarded as the pre-cursor to black and white anecdotal short films, but his emphasis was on diversity. Griffith on the other hand is averse to diversity. When he isn't discrediting diversity, he is documenting life at the turn of the century. It is like a window to a particular community in the past that does not tell a story. It is boring, flat, monotone - a bit like day to day living.

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