Monday, October 18, 2010

The Adventures of Dollie - 1908

Country: USA
Language: English (intertitles)
Director: D.W. Griffith, and G.W. Bitzer (uncredited)
Writer: Stanner E.V. Taylor
Stars: Arthur V. Johnson, Linda Arvidson and Gladys Egan
Release Date: 14 July 1908 (USA)
Also known as: Dollie kalandjai (Hungary), Dollys Abenteuer (Germany), Les aventures de Dollie (France)
Production Co: American Mutoscope & Biograph
Runtime: 12 min
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Gypsy | Barrel | Waterfall | Lost Child | Melodrama | Revenge | Kidnapping | One Reeler | Character Name In Title
Genres: Action | Short
On a warm and sunny summer's day, a mother and father take their young daughter Dollie on a riverside outing. A gypsy basket peddler happens along, and is angered when the mother refuses to buy his wares. He attacks mother and daughter but is driven off by the father. Later the gypsy sneaks back and kidnaps the girl. A rescue party is organized but the gypsy conceals the child in a 30 gallon barrel which he precariously places on the tail of the wagon. He and his gypsy-wife make their getaway by fording the river with the wagon. The barrel, with Dollie still inside, breaks free, tumbling into into the river; it starts floating toward the peril of a nearby waterfall . . .

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