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And a Little Child Shall Lead Them (1909)

The house divided against itself has been united by the child, as was the case in this story. The dentil of the first horn, at the age of two, left the couple almost inconsolable, and the ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

Writer:

D.W. Griffith
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Credited cast:
Marion Leonard ... The Mother
Arthur V. Johnson ... The Father
Adele DeGarde ... The Daughter
David Miles ... The Lawyer
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... The Maid
Mack Sennett ... The Servant
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Florence Lawrence
John Tansey John Tansey
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The house divided against itself has been united by the child, as was the case in this story. The dentil of the first horn, at the age of two, left the couple almost inconsolable, and the little toy dog, which the baby held in its arms, in its last moments, was indeed a cherished remembrance. Seven years after the husband became so deeply engrossed in his business affairs as to neglect to some extent his wife and second child, a girl of six. The wife complaining of his indifference, a quarrel ensues. She decides to leave him. Arrangements for a separation are made, and a division of effects takes place. Everything is disposed of when the little girl picks up the toy dog of her dead and gone brother, and says, "Mamma, who takes this?" Well the scene that transpires defies description and it is sufficient to say that it is the most touching episode ever portrayed. The separation does not take place. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1909 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with The Deception (1909). See more »

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Slightly run of the mill
1 November 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

This four minute piece deteriorated after a promising start. It struggled to maintain audience attention because it lacked fluidity and a good narrative line. I think a re-writing of the script would have helped to improve the fluency of the story. There isn't much that you can cram into a four minute short film, but it does lend itself to the anecdotal genre. This is where the the 34 year old D.W. Griffith went wrong. He wasn't telling a story as such, he was using the time to tell an Edgar Allen Poe tale which just didn't work. The net result was a superficial effort that had strained credulity. Overall, this short piece was neither entertaining nor important enough to be entered into the Griffith canon.


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