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The Girl Who Stayed at Home (1919)

Passed | | Drama, War | 23 March 1919 (USA)
Story of two brothers who go off to France to fight in World War I, the women who love them and an American expatriate living in France who rallies behind his former country.

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writers:

D.W. Griffith, Stanner E.V. Taylor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... Mr. France
Carol Dempster ... Atoline France
Frances Parks Frances Parks ... The Chum
Richard Barthelmess ... Ralph Grey
Robert Harron ... James Grey
Syn De Conde Syn De Conde ... Count de Brissac
George Fawcett ... Edward Grey
Kate Bruce ... Mrs. Edward Grey
Edward Peil Sr. ... Turnverein Terror
Clarine Seymour ... Cutie Beautiful
Tully Marshall ... Cutie's Old Friend
David Butler David Butler ... Johann August Kant
Joseph Scott Joseph Scott ... Joseph Scott (as The Hon. Joseph Scott - Head of the Draft Exemption Board)
E.H. Crowder E.H. Crowder ... E.H. Crowder (as Provost Marshal Gen. E.H. Crowder)
General March General March ... General March
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Story of two brothers who go off to France to fight in World War I, the women who love them and an American expatriate living in France who rallies behind his former country. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

23 March 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota que Ficou em Casa See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of the final films of Robert Harron, one of DW Griffith's favorite actors. Harron died of an accidental gunshot wound a few months after the release of The Girl Who Stayed at Home, at age 27. See more »

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Referenced in The Great Director (1966) See more »

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29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Girl Who Stayed at Home, The (1919)

** (out of 4)

D.W. Griffith film about a couple American's, living in France, who join the army so that they can destroy Germany. Both men leave women behind who they love and who are the main reasons for them wanting to get back home. This was one of four pictures Griffith made for Artcraft, a foreign company wanting films centered around WW1. It's also the first film to star Griffith's then 17-year-old mistress Carol Dempster, who would prove to be one of his biggest downfalls. The film runs just over sixty-minutes and it's quite confussing all the way through. The biggest problem is that the second leads (Robert Harron/Clairine Seymour) is a lot more interesting than the actual leads and that includes Dempster who just can't reach the emotions needed for the role. The cinematography by Bitzer is great, the direction is good and tight but the film still doesn't work. Another strange note is that Harron committed suicide the night before the premiere of Griffith's Way Down East (apparently over Griffith not giving him a part) and Harron would die on an operating table after signing a $2 million contract. Part of the battle scenes used here are leftovers from Hearts of the World, which had actually WW1 footage shot by Griffith.


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