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Enoch Arden: Part I (1911)

Enoch Arden, a humble fisherman, marries Annie Lee. He signs on as a sailor to make more money to support their growing family. A storm wrecks his ship, but Enoch swims to a deserted island... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Wilfred Lucas ...
Enoch Arden
Linda Arvidson ...
Annie Lee
Francis J. Grandon ...
Philip Ray
George Nichols ...
The Captain
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Dillon
Joseph Graybill ...
A Shipwrecked Sailor
Grace Henderson
Florence Lee ...
On the Beach
Jeanie Macpherson ...
On the Beach
Alfred Paget ...
A Shipwrecked Sailor
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On the Beach
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Enoch Arden, a humble fisherman, marries Annie Lee. He signs on as a sailor to make more money to support their growing family. A storm wrecks his ship, but Enoch swims to a deserted island. Annie waits vainly for his return. Written by Anonymous

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12 June 1911 (USA)  »

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Griffith made this film and Enoch Arden: Part II (1911) together as a two-reeler, a first for an American studio. Biograph refused to release the two reels for the admission price of one. (Studio heads believed patrons wouldn't pay extra to see longer movies.) They released the film as two separate one-reelers, a common practice at the time. However, other two-part films were made as separate stories that stood alone. Audiences who saw the two parts of "Enoch Arden" could tell it was really one movie. They asked to see the two reels together. Exhibitors complied, charging double admission. Soon, all the studios were making two-reelers at increased prices. See more »

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A Solid Filming of the First Half of the Story
28 December 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a solid filming of the first half of the story of "Enoch Arden", based on Tennyson's poem. It's really incomplete in itself, since it leaves off right in the middle of the story, but even at that it's probably not a lot different from the way that a mini-series or other present-day broadcast might require viewers to come back later to see how things turn out.

The sea-side settings create a good atmosphere that help the story considerably, in that they add to its believability. Linda Arvidson was well-cast as Annie, since her natural expression conveys a rather somber look at life, and a healthy respect for how vulnerable human beings are to fate and to the elements.

Since this first part does not complete the story, you really have to watch the next part as well in order to evaluate the picture as a whole. But it can definitely be said that this first part gives a solid telling of the story that would certainly make most viewers want to see the rest of it.


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