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The Lonely Villa (1909)

A gang of thieves lure a man out of his home so that they can rob it and threaten his wife and children. The family barricade themselves in an interior room, but the criminals are ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writers:

Charles Foley (novel), André de Lorde (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
David Miles ... Robert Cullison
Marion Leonard ... Mrs. Robert Cullison
Mary Pickford ... One of the Cullison Children
Gladys Egan ... One of the Cullison Children
Adele DeGarde ... One of the Cullison Children
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ... At the Inn
Clara T. Bracy Clara T. Bracy
John R. Cumpson ... At the Inn
Robert Harron ... Child
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... The Maid
Arthur V. Johnson ... At the Inn
James Kirkwood ... Among Rescuers
Florence Lawrence
Violet Mersereau ... At the Inn
Owen Moore ... A Burglar
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Storyline

A gang of thieves lure a man out of his home so that they can rob it and threaten his wife and children. The family barricade themselves in an interior room, but the criminals are well-equipped for breaking in. When the father finds out what is happening, he must race against time to get back home. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A magányos villa See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, 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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Trivia

A fairly direct adaptation of the play Au Téléphone (At the Telephone) by André de Lorde, first published in 1902 and a staple of the Theatre du Grand Guignol in Paris. A later effort by D.W. Griffith, The Lonely Villa (1909), would use many of the same story elements. See more »

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Featured in Historia del cine: Epoca muda (1983) See more »

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intense
25 November 2016 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

So many director's could learn from this. White-knuckle suspense, an excellent set-up and pay-off, and it keeps things barebones enough so that you know just enough about the characters to care about them (perhaps unconsciously the children are all dressed in white to emphasize the innocence, might seem obvious or not to some but it's visually a wise decision), and how Griffith keeps up the tension between the woman calling up her man to get help, the attackers breaking in to each successive room, it seems as if this is a landmark in a lot of ways. It's directed without an inch of story fat, and the stakes keep getting tighter as the men go from one room to the next and the women can't keep them out. It may be resolved just a little too quickly, but maybe not. It seems to end at just the point it's supposed to. I love it and it's one of the best of the earliest short films out there (and hey, Mary Pickford!)


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