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The Girls and Daddy (1909)

Portrays two teenage girls who are safeguarding money for their father and their reaction to a burglar's attempt to steal it.


D.W. Griffith


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
David Miles ... Dr. Payson
Florence Lawrence ... Dr. Payson's First Daughter
Dorothy West ... Dr. Payson's Second Daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Florence Barker
Dorothy Bernard Dorothy Bernard
Clara T. Bracy Clara T. Bracy
Kate Bruce
John R. Cumpson ... At Black & Tan Ball
Gladys Egan
Charles Gorman Charles Gorman
D.W. Griffith ... At Black & Tan Ball
Robert Harron ... Messenger
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... In Post Office
Charles Inslee ... Burglar
Arthur V. Johnson ... At Black & Tan Ball / Policeman


Two young women who live with their father are home alone, and are guarding a significant sum of money. While they are sleeping, a thief climbs in through the window and begins to rob their home. Even before he has left the premises, the two young women are confronted by another, more violent intruder. Written by Snow Leopard

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Plot Keywords:

children | melodrama | See All (2) »


Short | Drama







Release Date:

1 February 1909 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Scaffolding of Intruders
5 November 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Daddy's girls Florence Lawrence and Dorothy West receive some terrific news at the local post office, unaware they are being stalked by burglar Charles Inslee. Meanwhile, father David Miles receives a message (from young Robert Harron) which necessitates daddy leaving home; so, when the young women return, they can be… home alone. As the vulnerable pair bed down for the evening, the local "Grand Ball of the Black and Tans" gets underway; and, a dark-skinned drinker portends additional danger for D.W. Griffith's dynamic duo…

Mr. Inslee has one of his better Biograph roles, stealing the film from "The Girls and Daddy". Ironically, Director Griffith appears as one of the black-faced extras at the "Black and Tans" ball. "Biograph Girls" Lawrence and West are suggestive of later "Griffith Girls" Lillian and Dorothy Gish, especially in "Orphans of the Storm" (1921); and, they are excessively affectionate in bed! The racist tone is unfortunate, since the story of a burglar redeemed by saving his potential victims from a greater danger, is intriguing.

*** The Girls and Daddy (2/1/09) D.W. Griffith ~ Florence Lawrence, Dorothy West, Charles Inslee

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