Friday, October 14, 2011

The Battle of Elderbush Gulch - 1913

Country: USA
Language: English (intertitles)
Release Date: 28 March 1914 (USA)
Filming Locations: San Fernando, California, USA
Production Co: Biograph Company
Director: D.W. Griffith
Writers: D.W. Griffith, Henry Albert Phillips
Stars: Mae Marsh, Leslie Loveridge and Alfred Paget
If you can get by the stereotype Indians, this is one of the better of D.W. Griffith's Biograph pictures.The battle scenes are quite well done and precursor to hundreds of such scenes to come. Drunken red Indians carouse in pagan revelry, whipping up their appetite for dog meat. In search of supper, a party of Indians attempts to kidnap the pets of some nearby pioneers. The settlers shoot the Indians which instigates a war. Will the isolated town of settlers survive the onslaught of the savages long enough for the cavalry to arrive?

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