Monday, October 18, 2010

The Fugitive - 1910

Country: United States
Language: English
Director: D.W. Griffith
Writer: J. McDonagh
Stars: Kate Bruce, Edward Dillon and Clara T. Bracy
Release Date: 7 November 1910 (USA)
Filming Locations: Fishkill, New York, USA
Production Co: Biograph Company
Runtime: 17 min (16 fps)
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: American Civil War | Melodrama
Genres: Short | Drama | War
In the sting of the Civil War, mothers and sweethearts must wait and worry as their sons and lovers go off to the front. Forthwith, a Southerner named John (Edwin August) goes off to fight for the Confederacy. Meanwhile, a Northerner named John (Edward Dillon) goes off to fight for the Union. Naturally, the two opposing soldiers named John have a mother (Kate Bruce or Clara T. Bracey) and a sweetheart (Dorothy West or Lucy Cotton) waiting for their safe return. As fate would have it, the Johns meet on the battlefield, and one shoots the other. Later, Mr. August (of the Union) finds himself alone and pursued; the only refuge is the home belonging to Ms. Bruce, mother of the Confederate officer he shot. Thinking first as a mother, she hides "The Fugitive". Then, her wounded son is brought home! A nice idea, but rather slightly told, from director D.W. Griffith.    

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