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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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William A. Carroll ...
The Mexican
Frank Opperman ...
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The Indian Chief's Son
Joseph McDermott ...
The Waifs' Guardian
Jennie Lee ...
The Waifs' Guardian
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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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In 1972 Kemp Niver and Historical Films of Los Angeles published 'D. W. Griffith's The Battle of Elderbush Gulch,' a reconstruction of the film from frame enlargements. See more »

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Featured in Langlois (1970) See more »

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Thrilling Early Western!
20 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

10 years after what is, arguably, the first western of all time, "The Great Train Robbery", D.W. Griffith (who is, perhaps, the most important filmmaker of all time) put his own spin on the western genre with his 30 minute masterpiece "The Battle at Elderbush Gulch".

Bullets going off! Horses running around! Cowboys and Indians in a fierce battle! This action packed western has almost everything you'd want out of an action packed western, and it is all presented in an only 30 minute runtime!

However, the plot, itself is really flawed, mainly because of how weird it is. It portrays Native Americans in a horribly stereotypical and downright offensive light (like how the African Americans are portrayed in Griffith's controversial epic "The Birth of a Nation"). They literally feast upon dogs, which triggers the whole battle. It is really weird and, overall, possibly the worst movie plot I've ever seen be paired with such an exciting and great movie!

While it is a bit racist, it is still engaging, entertaining, and historically important! Possibly Griffith's best short film.


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