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The Call of the Wild (1908)

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 »

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... George Redfeather
Harry Solter ... Lieutenant Penrose
... Gladys Penrose
George Gebhardt ... Indian Agent / Indian
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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 his honor by Lieut. Penrose, an Indian agent, the civilized brave meets Gladys, the lieutenant's daughter, and falls desperately in love with her. You may be sure he is indignantly repulsed by Gladys and ordered from the house for his presumption by her father. With pique he leaves, and we next find him in his own room, crushed and disappointed, for he realizes the truth: "Good enough as a hero, but not as a husband." What was the use of his struggle? As he reasons, his long suppressed nature asserts itself and he hears the call of the wild: "Out there is your sphere, on the boundless plains, careless and free, among your kind and kin, where all is truth." Here he sits; this nostalgic fever growing more intense every second, until in a fury he tears off the conventional clothes he wears, donning in... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Griffith Abandons the Proscenium Arch
7 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Despite the IMDb credit, has nothing to do with Jack London's novel. It's a D.W. Griffith movie about how Amerindian Charles Inslee has just graduated from college with honors, and a football hero to boot. When he pays court to Florence Lawrence, however, she rejects him and leaves. He tears off his civilized clothes, dons his Comanche get-up, gets drunk with his fellow braves and kidnaps Miss Lawrence.

The copy I looked at on Youtube was on old paper print copy and was, as you might expect, not very easy to watch. It's only in the past twenty years that very watchable prints have been struck. However, even though the acting in this one is still of the waving-the-hands-about variety, it's well shot for the era, in about a dozen scenes, most of them outdoor. Although Griffith had not abandoned the proscenium arch entirely for his movies, given a story that called for a subject that could be set outside, he and his cameraman (here Arthur Marvin) felt no need for it.


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