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The Battle of Elderbush Gulch (1913)

The fact that an Indian tribe is eating puppies starts an action packed battle in a western town.

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Sally Cameron
Leslie Loveridge ...
The Waif
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The Waifs' Uncle
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The Father
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Melissa Harlow
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Ranch Owner
William A. Carroll ...
The Mexican
Frank Opperman ...
The Indian Chief
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The Indian Chief's Son
Joseph McDermott ...
The Waifs' Guardian
Jennie Lee ...
The Waifs' Guardian
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Kate Bruce ...
Settler
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The fact that an Indian tribe is eating puppies starts an action packed battle in a western town.

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December 1913 (USA)  »

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A Batalha de Elderbusch Gulch  »

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The film was released in Germany four and a half months before its official premiere in the US. See more »

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Referenced in Stagecoach (1939) See more »

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An Impressive Achievement For Its Time
7 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

Given the limited cinematic methods available in 1913, this is an impressive achievement, and it still makes for pretty good viewing today. It's also interesting in that its perspective is largely morally-neutral (except perhaps from what today's viewers might read into it), so that the excitement comes mostly from the danger of the situation, rather than from one side being entirely right and the other being entirely wrong.

The build-up to the battle is done rather well, enabling you to identify with the characters, while making some points of its own. Neither side in the confrontation is really in the right, yet Griffith's technique arouses your keen interest in the events to come.

But it is the filming of the actual "Battle at Elderbush Gulch" that is so noteworthy. To create such a sensation of action, turmoil, and emotion using the limited camera field of the times is remarkable. There are a lot of carefully chosen and composed shots, and Griffith also adds in some techniques that were new or relatively new at the time. There are several well-chosen 'iris' shots, and a variety of close-in and distant camera fields that pull you in and out of the action as the director wishes.

It's a fine achievement for its time, at the very least in technical terms, and would probably be well worth a look today for those with an interest in silent movies.


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