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The Planter's Wife (1908)

John Holland, a planter in a small way, is devotedly attached to his wife and infant child. The wife wearies of the monotonous grind of farm life and is easy prey of a contemptible villain,... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

Writer:

D.W. Griffith
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Credited cast:
Arthur V. Johnson ... John Holland
Claire McDowell ... Mrs. John Holland
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... Tom Roland
Florence Lawrence ... Tomboy Nellie
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... Boatman
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Linda Arvidson
Charles Inslee
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John Holland, a planter in a small way, is devotedly attached to his wife and infant child. The wife wearies of the monotonous grind of farm life and is easy prey of a contemptible villain, in the person of Tom Roland, the ubiquitous "other man," fate ordains it so. The wife's sister is an innocent, good-natured tomboy girl, who never for a moment dreamed that her sister's low spirits were due to anything else than ill-health; no more did John. He tries his best to cheer his wife, and as he bids her and the baby a fond adieu in the morning on his departure for the fields, he begs her to be hopeful, that better conditions are in store. Scarcely has he crossed the threshold when Roland appears at the window. This decides her; so taking her wedding ring from her finger and leaving a note of farewell, she elopes with the serpent. At that moment the sister enters, sees the note and determines to save her at any cost. Donning her riding bloomers, and armed with a revolver, she leaps on a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Action | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1908 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Malasia See more »

Filming Locations:

Little Falls, New Jersey, USA

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Casting Problems
31 December 2003 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

The 33 year old D.W. Griffith literally went onto the streets to cast for the role of the husband in this film. He went up to a tall man who he thought looked like a husband and offered him the role. Apart from that, he relied on talent to turn up at the studio gates every morning for the off chance of work.


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