5.9/10
400
10 user 3 critic

The House with Closed Shutters (1910)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama | 8 August 1910 (USA)
During the Civil War a young soldier loses his nerve in battle and runs away to his home to hide; his sister puts on his uniform, takes her brother's place in the battle, and is killed. ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

Emmett C. Hall
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Short | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During the Civil War, a father living in a border state leaves to join the Union Army. After he leaves, Confederate troops forage on his property, where a soldier encounters one of his ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Charles West, Charles Arling, Owen Moore
The Fugitive (1910)
Short | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two Johns, a Confederate and an Union soldier, leave their family to go to the front. After a skirmish they end up separated from their respective sides, the Union soldier shoots the ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Kate Bruce, Edward Dillon, Clara T. Bracy
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Continuing where His Trust (1911) leaves off, George, a slave, takes care of his deceased master's daughter after her mother's death. He sacrifices his own meager savings to give the girl a... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Wilfred Lucas, Claire McDowell, Adele DeGarde
Short | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A Confederate officer is called off to war. He leaves his wife and daughter in the care of George, his faithful Negro servant. After the officer is killed in an exciting battle sequence, ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Wilfred Lucas, Dell Henderson, Claire McDowell
Drama | Short | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A poor girl is secretly in love with a wealthy young planter. During the Civil War she helps him escape capture by Union soldiers. After the war, with his fortune gone, she confesses that she loves him.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Wilfred Lucas, Claire McDowell, Dorothy West
The Battle (1911)
Short | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Union soldiers march off to battle amid cheering crowds. After the battle turns against the Union Army, one soldier runs away, hiding in his girlfriend's house. Ashamed of his cowardice, he... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Charles West, Blanche Sweet, Charles Hill Mailes
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In this story set at a seaside fishing village and inspired by a Charles Kingsley poem, a young couple's happy life is turned about by an accident. The husband, although saved from drowning... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Arthur V. Johnson, Linda Arvidson, Gladys Egan
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Set in an early cinema house, this comic short illustrates the problems with the gals' hats obscuring the movie patron's line of vision.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Linda Arvidson, John R. Cumpson, Flora Finch
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Enoch Arden, a humble fisherman, marries Annie Lee. He signs on as a sailor to make more money to support their growing family. A storm wrecks his ship, but Enoch swims to a deserted island... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Wilfred Lucas, Linda Arvidson, Francis J. Grandon
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An unscrupulous and greedy capitalist speculator decides to corner the wheat market for his own profit, establishing complete control over the markets.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Frank Powell, Grace Henderson, James Kirkwood
Crime | Short | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The physician's death orphans his two adolescent daughters. Their older brother is able to convert some of the doctor's small estate to cash. But it is late in the day, and with the banks ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Elmer Booth
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Henry B. Walthall ... The Confederate soldier
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... His mother
Dorothy West ... His sister
Joseph Graybill ... Her suitor
Charles West Charles West ... Her suitor
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... The colored servant (as W. J. Butler)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edwin August
Verner Clarges Verner Clarges ... In Lee's Tent
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... On Porch / At Farewell / In Lee's Tent (as Jack Dillon)
Gladys Egan ... On Porch / At Farewell
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... In Lee's Tent
Francis J. Grandon Francis J. Grandon ... In Lee's Tent
Alfred Paget ... On Porch / At Farewell
Mabel Van Buren ... On Porch / At Farewell
Edit

Storyline

During the Civil War a young soldier loses his nerve in battle and runs away to his home to hide; his sister puts on his uniform, takes her brother's place in the battle, and is killed. Their mother, not wanting the shameful truth to become known, closes all the shutters (hence the film's title) and keeps her son's presence a secret for many years, though two boyhood chums stumble upon the truth... Written by Peter W. Many, Jr. (PMSusana)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1910 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La casa con las persianas echadas See more »

Filming Locations:

Coytesville, New Jersey, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

DW Griffiths 244th movie. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Making of 'The Birth of a Nation' (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A rather wacky plot...
18 September 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The plot for "The House With Closed Shutters" has a pretty weird plot. It is set in the South during the Civil War--a topic near and dear to the director's (D.W. Griffith) heart. When the war begins, a young rich guy (Henry B. Walthall) goes off to war--which appears to be just a block from his house (though I am pretty sure Griffith expected the audience to assume otherwise). When he's given an important dispatch to deliver and Union troops shoot at him, he chickens out and runs home! His sister learns what he's done and she dons his uniform and delivers the message--and is soon killed in battle. This is odd but interesting (apart from Walthall's overacting). But when his mother then insists they must shutter up the house forever and live like Miss Havisham, this is pretty weird. Years pass and Walthall is dying to see the sunlight once again. When he throws open the shutters, he does anyone would do in this situation--he instantly dies! As I said, very weird and unfortunately the strangeness is ridiculousness of the plot prevent this from receiving a higher score--even though the film is technically quite impressive for 1910 and appears to be a warm-up for Griffith's later epic "A Birth of a Nation".


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed