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4 October 1909 (USA) See more »
Pippa awakes and faces the world outside with a song. Unknown to her, the music has a healing effect on all who hear her as she passes by. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Gertrude Robinson ... Pippa

George Nichols ... Pippa's Husband

Arthur V. Johnson ... Luca

Marion Leonard ... Ottima

Owen Moore ... Sibald
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Linda Arvidson ... Greek Model
Clara T. Bracy

Adele DeGarde

James Kirkwood ... In Bar
Anthony O'Sullivan ... In Studio

Mary Pickford ... Girl in crowd

Billy Quirk ... In Studio

Mack Sennett ... In Studio

Henry B. Walthall

Directed by
D.W. Griffith 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Browning  play
D.W. Griffith  writer
Frank E. Woods  writer

Cinematography by
G.W. Bitzer 
Arthur Marvin 

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11 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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First movie to be reviewed by the New York Times newspaper (October 10, 1909).See more »


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It is a beautiful picture in every sense, 7 January 2015
Author: deickemeyer from Chicago

This company has been more than ordinarily ambitious in its reproductions of famous stories and novels, but it has never undertaken anything which required the acting that is demanded by this picture. This was one of Browning's most subtle poems, dealing almost wholly with psychology and its manifestations in a direction not usually noted. It is scarcely necessary to repeat the story excepting to note that it explains the influence which one may exert upon others and still be wholly unconscious of that effect. In this instance the singing of Pippa, who goes out with her lute to sing merely because she feels happy, much as the birds do, yet her singing is wonderfully efficacious in preventing crime and evil purposes. The subtle influence of a pure personality, pouring forth a song which declares "God's in His heaven, all's right with the world" is marvelous and raises a train of thought which is scarcely explainable. The acting in the picture is superb. Perhaps it may be said with truth that it has to be, otherwise the film would have no strength. There must be acting, and that of the very highest character, or the picture will fail of its purpose. It is very questionable whether this picture is understood by a majority of the audiences who see it, or will see it, in the future. It is a very dramatic, yet subtle story, and Browning was a master of this sort of writing. Consequently, it is questionable from a certain standpoint. It is quite likely that a larger proportion of those who will see the picture have never read the poem and may not understand it for that reason. But the fact that many will not understand it does not detract from its excellent presentation and its value as an art subject. The company says that it considers the picture in many respects the best it has ever put out, and there is a strong disposition to agree with the producers. It is a beautiful picture in every sense and its technical quality is sufficiently good to make it more attractive. If one does not understand the story he can at least enjoy the pictorial qualities. These make it worth seeing, especially the novel effect of the breaking dawn and approach of night. - The Moving Picture World, October 16, 1909

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