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The Fight for Freedom (1908)

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In a saloon in a Mexican border town, a group of cowboys, including a Mexican named Pedro, play poker. One man is discovered cheating, and is shot dead by Pedro, who is wounded as he ... See full summary »

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In a saloon in a Mexican border town, a group of cowboys, including a Mexican named Pedro, play poker. One man is discovered cheating, and is shot dead by Pedro, who is wounded as he attempts to escape. Pedro is followed home by the local sheriff, who proves the next victim of Pedro's quick temper and pistol. Pedro's wife, Juanita, is thrown into jail, but he manages to break her out. They head for the border, unaware that a posse is waiting for them. Written by Uncle Dave Lewis, Ann Arbor, MI (uncledavelewis@hotmail.com)

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Primitive Western, Probably Not Griffith
5 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very early Western for Biograph, actually more of a crude, and unusually violent, melodrama in a Western setting. This 1908 film is often credited to D.W. Griffith, and at least one writer has based part of an essay on that assumption. The American Film Institute regards "The Fight for Freedom" as questionable for Griffith. It came out three days after "The Adventures of Dollie," his acknowledged first film, and just three more before the next one credited to him, "The Tavern-Keeper's Daughter." It was not unusual for Biograph directors to work this quickly, but Griffth was just getting started. He may have helped write this film, but perhaps it was one of the last titles directed by Wallace McCutcheon Jr., rather than one of the first by Griffith; McCutcheon Jr. also acts in this film. In at least one other instance, McCutcheon Jr. and Griffith are shown to have directed a Biograph short together, and that could be the case here.


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