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The Hessian Renegades (1909)

During the American Revolution, a young soldier carrying a crucial message to General Washington is spotted and pursued by a group of enemy soldiers. He takes refuge with a civilian family,... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Owen Moore ... Colonial Army Messenger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ... Farmer
Kate Bruce ... Soldier's Family
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... Farmer
Verner Clarges Verner Clarges ... Farmer
D.W. Griffith
Robert Harron ... Farmer
Arthur V. Johnson ... Hessian
James Kirkwood ... Messenger's Father
Florence Lawrence
Marion Leonard
Wilfred Lucas
George Nichols ... Hessian
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... Hessian
Lottie Pickford
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During the American Revolution, a young soldier carrying a crucial message to General Washington is spotted and pursued by a group of enemy soldiers. He takes refuge with a civilian family, but is soon detected. The family and their neighbors must then make plans to see that the important message gets through after all. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1776, or The Hessian Renegades See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuddebackville, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mary Gets into the action
20 August 2008 | by adt125See all my reviews

This little short is interesting for showing the evolution of Griffith's film making, Pickford's movement into more active roles, this is her first year and, the character list some of whom were to be part of Mary Pickford's later life.

We all get to see a rare glimpse of the tragic Florence Lawrence - a star at the time but unfortunate events and sickness would lead to her being on the outside and to suicide in 1938. We also have Owen Moore, the man who criticized Mary on her very first visit to biograph, also becoming Mary's first love interest and later, drunken abusive husband.

The ever present, solid and reliable Kate Bruce also appears. Mary gets her little sister Lottie into the scene. Kirkman was to be part of Mary's future life and of course Mac Sennett went on to be a producer - more than 700 movies and acting in 356.

It is a curiosity piece and should be judged on the standards and development of the day and 1909 makes this effort a good one.

The building used in the closing scenes of this film is used in the opening scenes of Willful Peggy 1910.


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