I Did It (1909)

A mother punishes her son for eating a plate of cream puffs, unaware that the daughter really did it. As the daughter watches the punishment, she feels guilty, and confesses her misdeed.


D.W. Griffith


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Adele DeGarde ... Gladys - The Little Girl
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... The Mother
Gladys Egan ... Claude - The Little Boy
Dorothy West ... The Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ... A Visitor
Arthur V. Johnson
Florence Lawrence


Little Gladys and Claude are playing in the nursery. Claude has monopolized the building blocks to the extreme perturbation of Gladys. She, with sly procedure, knocks over the little castle Claude has built. The children at once engage in a bitter quarrel, and Gladys leaves the room, going into the dining room just after the maid has put some cream puffs on the table. Gladys appropriates them and Claude enters and asks for a share, which she refuses. He then eats up the sugar, which is left on the plate. Mamma enters as Gladys sneaks out of the room, and discovering the loss of the puffs accuses Claude, who mutely receives the punishment, a switching. Gladys hearing this is seized with a spirit of contrition, and coming from her hiding place says "I did it, mamma," and picks up the switch, hands it to mamma, saying "whip me." Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

15 March 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Terrible Quarrel See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with The Lure of the Gown (1909). See more »

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Cinematic Poetry
13 February 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

This short film is a variation on the 34 year old D.W. Griffith's failed stage play, 'War'. It is an attempt to realise his dream that was shattered during his time in the theatre, and quite a lot of his short films are little scenes from this rejected stage play.

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