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Rescued from an Eagle's Nest (1908)

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

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J. Searle Dawley
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Cast

Credited cast:
Miss Earle Miss Earle ... Mother
Jinnie Frazer Jinnie Frazer ... Baby
D.W. Griffith ... Father
Henry B. Walthall ... Woodsman (as H. B. Walthall)
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A woodcutter says good-bye to his wife and child, and then goes off to work. After he has left, the mother leaves the child outside their cabin to play. Suddenly, an eagle swoops down and carries off the child. When the mother realizes what has happened, she runs to tell her husband. He and the other lumberjacks immediately set out to find and rescue the child. Written by Snow Leopard

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Action | Short

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1908 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Ørnekløer See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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According to the note shown before this short film (appearing as a bonus feature on the "Orphans of the Storm" DVD in the "Griffith Masterworks" box set), "Henry B. Walthall is credited as the film's star, but D.W. Griffith actually plays the leading male role." See more »

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Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) See more »

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D. W. Griffith Moonlighting at Edison
20 December 2012 | by DLewisSee all my reviews

In the 1930s the Museum of Modern Art discovered an old print of this title and recognized director D.W. Griffith as the young woodsman and the hero of this picture. From Griffith, MOMA got the idea that "Rescued from an Eagle's Nest" was his first film appearance, made in 1907 before he arrived at Biograph. The old man's memory may have been playing tricks on him, as we know now that Griffith joined Biograph late in 1907 and "Rescued from an Eagle's Nest" was apparently the sole instance where Griffith picked up a role outside of the Biograph studio. The experience must have been valuable to him, because -- unlike the hapless, inept and inexperienced Wallace McCutchen Jr. at Biograph -- Porter and Dawley were smart and efficient in making films, and Griffith probably brought their practices into place when he finally replaced the younger McCutcheon at Biograph. I'm not quite sure why established writing on "Rescued from an Eagle's Nest" always emphasizes how silly and banal this Nickelodeon-era short is; Porter's special effect of the eagle carrying away the baby is very well made for 1908, and as the audience for this piece would have been mostly women and children, it would have doubtlessly been effective in their eyes. The acting style may be a bit overwrought, but remember that the actors had to project from a distance, as it was still customary to present a stage-like perspective in motion pictures. Griffith himself would be one of the principal players in the art of variegating that distance to help establish the language of cinema as something apart from the typical theatrical experience, but in January 1908 that was still in the future. Griffith's one or two days spent working for Edison can be seen as something that helped to ground the lofty actor in basic filmmaking, even if as an old man he didn't really remember much of the particulars regarding this shoot.


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