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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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Short | Crime | Drama

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Released as a split reel along with A New Trick (1909). See more »

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

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Hanging on the Telephone
5 November 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Three burglars (Owen Moore, Herbert Prior, and Anthony O'Sullivan) lurk outside the Cullison estate. When the family butler and maid leave on a date, the burglars trick master-of-the-house David Miles (as Robert Cullison) into vacating the premises; Mr. Miles doesn't know it, but the lurking trio are planning a robbery. After Miles leaves, the thieves terrorize helpless Marion Lenard (as Mother Cullison) and the three Cullison girls - Mary Pickford, Gladys Egan, and Adele DeGarde. As the burglars bust in, Ms. Leonard's uses her telephone to desperately call for help…

For its time, "The Lonely Villa" likely packed an audience pleasing punch; but it's rather ordinary, when compared to director D.W. Griffith's later revisitations of its story/situation. The location footage is a highlight, and the cutting of the Cullisons' telephone cord is a nice touch. Ms. Pickford, with her relatively small stature, makes a convincing little girl. Real little girl Egan shines as the first Cullison who notices something is not quite right…

**** The Lonely Villa (6/10/09) D.W. Griffith ~ David Miles, Marion Leonard, Mary Pickford


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