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Rescued by Rover (1905)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Family | 19 August 1905 (USA)
A dog leads its master to his kidnapped baby.

Writer:

Mrs. Hepworth (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Blair Blair ... Rover the dog
May Clark ... Nursemaid (as Mabel Clark)
Barbara Hepworth Barbara Hepworth ... The baby
Cecil M. Hepworth ... Harassed father (as Cecil Hepworth)
Mrs. Hepworth Mrs. Hepworth ... Mother
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Storyline

Rescued by Rover is a film about a dog. Not only is it a film about a dog it is also a film about the kidnaping of a young baby by an old woman. With these two classical Hollywood ingredients and some stunning dialogue, (It's silent!), Rescued by Rover really hits a nerve. The repeated shots provide some interest in what, surprisingly, is an entertaining example of early cinema, canine heroics and a man wearing mascara. Written by Paul Lancaster <pbl1@ukc.ac.uk>

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dog | baby | licking dog | top hat | poor | See All (20) »

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Short | Drama | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

UK

Release Date:

19 August 1905 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Resgate de Rover See more »

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Production Co:

Hepworth See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film was so successful that the company had to make two shot-by-shot remakes to compensate for the negatives wearing out. See more »

Alternate Versions

According to "The Oxford History of World Cinema" this movie was so successful that Hepworth had to remake it twice to supply enough prints to meet demand. All with the same narrative, the original version is differentiable from the remakes via the scene where the nurse tells her boss that she lost the child. The original breaks the scene into two shots - the second shot being from a closer position. The two remakes contain only one shot, from the closer position, in that scene. One of the remakes is what is shown on the third volume of "The Movies Begin" series. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995) See more »

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7 November 1999 | by Blargh-2See all my reviews

I'd like to correct the first user comment saying that DW Griffith's influences are easily seen in Rescued by Rover. DW Griffith's first film was in 1908, 4 years after Rescued by Rover. Rescued by Rover shows how directors showed spatial continuity to audiences who were used to seeing overlapping shots. Audiences were very simple during that time and this film helped shape the way an audience watches a film.

Rescued by Rover is really only worth watching for its influence on film. The story is extremely basic and certainly not as suspenseful as it would have been in the early 1900s


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