D.W. Griffith

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1. Falsely Accused! (1908)

Short, Drama

A wealthy old alchemist and inventor has just perfected a motion picture camera with which he hopes to revolutionize the art of animated photography, and our story opens with the old man in... See full synopsis »

Stars: Edward Dillon, D.W. Griffith

Votes: 10

2. Rescued from an Eagle's Nest (1908)

Not Rated | 8 min | Action, Short

A family is terrified when an eagle carries off its young child.

Director: J. Searle Dawley | Stars: Henry B. Walthall, Miss Earle, Jinnie Frazer, D.W. Griffith

Votes: 562

3. The Taming of the Shrew (1908)

17 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

Based on Shakespeare's play: Petruchio courts the bad-tempered Katharina, and tries to change her aggressive behavior.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Florence Lawrence, Arthur V. Johnson, Linda Arvidson, Harry Solter

Votes: 76

4. The Fight for Freedom (1908)

Short, Western

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 »

Directors: D.W. Griffith, Wallace McCutcheon Jr. | Stars: Florence Auer, John G. Adolfi, Kate Bruce, Edward Dillon

Votes: 20

5. Where the Breakers Roar (1908)

9 min | Drama, Short

An early Biograph short in which two separate sequences of events collide and the leading man must save his lady from the villain. The first storyline involves a group of young adult ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Arthur V. Johnson, Linda Arvidson, Charles Inslee, Edward Dillon

Votes: 21

6. The Song of the Shirt (1908)

11 min | Drama, Short

Struggling with poverty and the declining health of a relative, a young woman struggles to find employment.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Linda Arvidson, George Gebhardt, Robert Harron, Arthur V. Johnson

Votes: 74

7. Her First Adventure (1908)

6 min | Drama, Short

A father arrives home, greets his wife and daughter, and then goes inside with his wife. Though they are only inside for a brief time, their daughter wanders off, attracted by the music ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Stars: D.W. Griffith, Robert Harron

Votes: 35

8. The Black Viper (1908)

Short, Drama

A thug accosts a girl as she leaves her workplace but a man rescues her. The thug vows revenge and, with the help of two friends, attacks the girl and her rescuer again as they're going for... See full summary »

Directors: D.W. Griffith, Wallace McCutcheon Jr. | Stars: Edward Dillon, George Gebhardt, Mack Sennett, D.W. Griffith

Votes: 82

9. The Sculptor's Nightmare (1908)

11 min | Comedy, Short

At a political club, the members debate whose bust will replace that of Theodore Roosevelt. Unable to agree, each goes to a sculptor's studio and bribes him to sculpt a bust of the ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Stars: Florence Auer, Edward Dillon, D.W. Griffith, Anthony O'Sullivan

Votes: 70

11. Cupid's Pranks (1908)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

Cupid visits a ballroom dance and tries to bring a couple together.

Director: J. Searle Dawley | Stars: Violette Hill, Mr. Barry, Marie Murray, Phineas Nairs

Votes: 91

12. The Tavern Keeper's Daughter (1908)

7 min | Action, Short

In the lonely wilds of Southern California there stands a rural tavern, kept by an old trapper, who had been widowed years ago; his wife leaving him a most precious legacy in the being of a... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: George Gebhardt, Edward Dillon, Florence Auer, Marion Leonard

Votes: 8

13. Father Gets in the Game (1908)

10 min | Short, Comedy

"You have got to keep up with the bandwagon or quit." This never impressed old Wilkins so forcibly as when his son and daughter give him the go-by, stamping him as a "has-been," and away ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Mack Sennett, Harry Solter, George Gebhardt, Linda Arvidson

Votes: 51

14. Betrayed by a Handprint (1908)

9 min | Short, Crime

Mrs. Wharton, a dashing widow, gives a party at her beautiful villa in honor of the presentation to her of a handsome diamond necklace by her fiancĂ©. During the evening bridge participated ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Florence Lawrence, Harry Solter, Linda Arvidson, Kate Bruce

Votes: 74

15. The Vaquero's Vow (1908)

13 min | Action, Short, Romance

Manuella, a beautiful Mexican girl, is the object of the pure, honest affections of Renaldo, a poor Vaquero, and while she is touched by his tender attentions, she shows a decided ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Charles Inslee, Harry Solter, Linda Arvidson, Gladys Egan

16. The Fatal Hour (1908)

14 min | Short, Crime

Pong Lee, a Mephistophelian, saffron-skinned varlet, has for some time carried on this atrocious female white slave traffic, in which sinister business he was assisted by a stygian whelp, ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: George Gebhardt, Harry Solter, Linda Arvidson, Florence Auer

Votes: 33

17. Balked at the Altar (1908)

12 min | Short, Comedy

Artemisia Sophia Stebbins was a lovelorn maiden who had delved deep into the mysteries of "Three Weeks," as well as being conversant with the teachings of Laura Jean Libby. Her one hobby ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Mabel Stoughton, Linda Arvidson, George Gebhardt, D.W. Griffith

Votes: 84

18. After Many Years (1908)

17 min | Drama, Short

John Davis, first mate of the brig "Gifford," is seen bidding his wife and infant child a tearful adieu on the eve of the sailing of his ship. Caught in a terrible storm in the Pacific ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Charles Inslee, Florence Lawrence, Harry Solter, Gladys Egan

Votes: 25

19. At the French Ball (1908)

7 min | Short, Comedy

A husband finishes packing a suitcase, and then says good-bye to his wife. As soon as he is gone, the wife has her maid help her to dress for a costume ball. Meanwhile, the husband meets a ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Stars: D.W. Griffith, Linda Arvidson, Edward Dillon, Robert Harron

Votes: 33

20. Money Mad (1908)

11 min | Short, Crime, Drama

The central figure is an old miser, who in parsimonionsness is a Harpahon. And, like Fosene, boarded his money in a secret cellar, where he met his death. We first find him begging on the. ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Charles Inslee, George Gebhardt, Arthur V. Johnson, Florence Lawrence

Votes: 56

21. The Girl and the Outlaw (1908)

14 min | Short, Action, Western

Bill Preston, a heartless roadabout, too despicable for the association of white men, had gathered about him a little band of low-down redskins, whom he seemed to rule by extreme despotism.... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Charles Inslee, Harry Solter, Gene Gauntier, George Gebhardt

Votes: 14

22. The Red Man and the Child (1908)

14 min | Western, Short, Action

Alongside of a beautiful mountain stream in the foothills of Colorado there camped a Sioux Indian, who besides being a magnificent type of the aboriginal American, is a most noble creature,... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Charles Inslee, John Tansey, Linda Arvidson, George Gebhardt

Votes: 9

23. An Awful Moment (1908)

12 min | Drama, Short

As a judge passes sentence on a man, a gypsy woman in the audience vehemently protests, and she has to be physically removed from the courtroom. Soon afterwards, the judge returns home, and... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: George Gebhardt, Marion Leonard, Harry Solter, Florence Lawrence

Votes: 58

24. The Man in the Box (1908)

Short, Crime, Drama

A poorly compensated bank clerk is, we may say, to that trying position of "Tantalus" in sight of tons of money but not a dollar of his own. This became more torturing as time went on, ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Stars: Edward Dillon, D.W. Griffith, George Gebhardt, Gene Gauntier

25. The Greaser's Gauntlet (1908)

17 min | Short, Action

Though somewhat obscure in the beginning, this subject shows the efficacy of a mother's prayer. Holy is the name Mother, and many who stray from the path of righteousness to the radiantly ... See full synopsis »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Wilfred Lucas, Arthur V. Johnson, Marion Leonard, Charles Inslee

Votes: 15

27. Romance of a Jewess (1908)

10 min | Drama, Short

This early D.W. Griffith short shows the director's interest in Jewish ghetto life, portrayed here with sympathy and sentimentality. The melodramatic plot involves the conflict between generations in an immigrant Jewish family.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Florence Lawrence, George Gebhardt, Gladys Egan, John R. Cumpson

Votes: 63

28. At the Crossroads of Life (1908)

Short, Drama

The daughter of a staid New England minister is brought up in absolute ignorance of the ways of the outside world, and, when she gets the slightest inkling of its glamour, it makes a ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon Jr. | Stars: Linda Arvidson, Florence Auer, Edward Dillon, D.W. Griffith

Votes: 27

29. The Pirate's Gold (1908)

16 min | Short, Action

Young Wilkinson is leaving his dear old mother for a journey to seek his fortune in a foreign clime. Now, the little cottage is situated near the coast. The waters of the sea have been ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: George Gebhardt, Linda Arvidson, Charles Inslee, Arthur V. Johnson

Votes: 5

30. Mixed Babies (1908)

Short, Comedy

Reversing the proverb. "Tis a wise parent that knows its own child," especially in a bargain day rush at a New York department store. The Joneses had not been blessed with a child of their,... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Stars: Edward Dillon, Robert Harron

31. The Red Girl (1908)

17 min | Action, Short

Kate Nelson, a girl miner who has been working a claim in the mountains, runs into the office of the frontier hotel with the tidings that she has at last struck paydirt, showing a bag of ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Florence Lawrence, Charles Inslee, Linda Arvidson, Clara T. Bracy

Votes: 6

32. Caught by Wireless (1908)

10 min | Short, Drama

In Ireland, Paddy is having troubles with his rent collector who has also made advances to Paddy's wife. The rent collector enlists the aid of the Black-and-Tans and Paddy has to flee to ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Stars: D.W. Griffith, Edward Dillon

Votes: 25

33. A Smoked Husband (1908)

8 min | Comedy, Short

This smokes husband, though little better than a smoked herring, more properly belonging to the crustacean type of piscatory, the lobster, for such he was and no mistake. While our friend ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: John R. Cumpson, Florence Lawrence, Linda Arvidson, George Gebhardt

34. The Call of the Wild (1908)

16 min | Short, Action

George Redfeather, the hero of this subject, returns from Carlisle, where he not only graduated with high honors, but was also the star of the college football team. At a reception given in... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Charles Inslee, Harry Solter, Florence Lawrence, George Gebhardt

Votes: 28

35. Behind the Scenes (1908)

9 min | Short, Drama

A mother works as a dancer to support her ill daughter. One night while performing, the mother has a vision of her child dying. She rushes home, but it is too late.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Florence Lawrence, Gladys Egan, Kate Bruce, George Gebhardt

Votes: 15

36. The Valet's Wife (1908)

Short, Comedy

Reggie Van Twiller was the typical New York twentieth century young man, who lived his life free and untrammeled by the mesh of the matrimonial net. He resided luxuriously in bachelor ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Mack Sennett, Charles Avery, George Gebhardt, Robert Harron

37. The King's Messenger (1908)

Short, Drama

The action is laid in the seventeenth century, and the costumes, while historically accurate, are most lavishly elaborate. A bitter war is waging between two kingdoms, and as the King and ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Stars: D.W. Griffith, Linda Arvidson, Mack Sennett

Votes: 5

38. Old Isaacs, the Pawnbroker (1908)

10 min | Drama, Short

In this fiction film, a small girl in an urban slum seeks aid for her sick and starving mother. Trying to pawn her doll, she attracts the attention of the shop's owner old Isaacs, who later stops the men trying to evict the sick woman.

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Stars: Edward Dillon, D.W. Griffith, Mack Sennett

Votes: 12

39. The Heart of O Yama (1908)

15 min | Short, Drama, Romance

Pretty Miss Chrysanthemum has but little to say as to the disposal of her heart, at least, such is the custom in Japan. Her parents attend to that for her. However, pretty little O Yama Sum... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Florence Lawrence, George Gebhardt, D.W. Griffith, George Nichols

Votes: 5

40. The Test of Friendship (1908)

13 min | Drama, Short

Edward Ross, a young millionaire, has always been surrounded by host of fawning friends (?) and he made up his mind to test their sincerity. He arranges a dinner at his mansion in which ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Arthur V. Johnson, Florence Lawrence, Harry Solter, George Gebhardt

Votes: 5

41. Monday Morning in a Coney Island Police Court (1908)

7 min | Short, Comedy

The Hon. Patrick Henry McPheeney is Justice of the Police Court of the world's greatest playground. Sunday night is a most busy one for the coppers, and the cooler on Monday morning is ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: John R. Cumpson, Harry Solter, Edward Dillon, George Gebhardt

Votes: 5

42. Professional Jealousy (1908)

Short

Two young ladies, members of a dramatic stock company, are rivals for stellar honors. One seems to have had things her own way for a time, having been cast always for the leading roles, ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Harron, Anthony O'Sullivan, D.W. Griffith

43. When Knighthood Was in Flower (1908)

10 min | Short

There is no documentation that a film of this title was ever produced by Biograph, or written by D.W. Griffith at this time. It is possible that production may have been suspended before ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Stars: Linda Arvidson, D.W. Griffith

44. The Kentuckian (1908)

Short, Western

A rich young Kentuckian flees West after killing a man in a poker-related duel. Posing as a miner, he visits a saloon, where he carelessly reveals the wad of cash he is carrying. This ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Stars: Edward Dillon, Florence Auer, D.W. Griffith, George Gebhardt

45. The Invisible Fluid (1908)

12 min | Short, Comedy

Had the poor melancholy Dane, Hamlet, lived in this, the twentieth century, he would never have given voice to the remark, "Oh, that this too, too solid flesh would melt, thaw and resolve ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Stars: Edward Dillon, D.W. Griffith, Anthony O'Sullivan, Mack Sennett

Votes: 5

46. 'Ostler Joe (1908)

Short, Drama

A fine pictorial rendering of this well-known poem, which teaches a good lesson in its contrast between the simple life and the temptations of a great city.

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Stars: Edward Dillon, D.W. Griffith, Anthony O'Sullivan, Harry Solter

Votes: 13

47. The Zulu's Heart (1908)

13 min | Action, Short

The Zulu chief of the Amatabele tribe has an only daughter who, at the age of four years, dies of fever, and in the opening scene of this Biograph story we find him burying her. Scarcely ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Charles Inslee, George Gebhardt, Harry Solter, Florence Lawrence

Votes: 17

48. For Love of Gold (1908)

9 min | Short, Crime

6.6