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"The Mended Lute" (1909) director D. W. Griffith starring Florence Lawrence

"The Mended Lute" is a short native American drama directed by D.W. Griffith, featuring actress Florence Lawrence, actor Arthur Johnson and cinematographer Billy Bitzer, stars of Silent Hall of Fame.

Rising Moon (Florence Lawrence) is separated from the man she loves when her father gives her away to a wealthier suitor.  She manages to escape captivity and reunites with her man, but they have to flee by canoe on wild river rapids chased by the enemy.

The film's last three minutes do not survive. Florence Lawrence and her man Owen Moore are eventually captured.  Owen Moore shows rare stoicism in the face of torture, which earns him the admiration of his conqueror.  In the end Florence Lawrence and Owen Moore are let go and be happy.

We trust that silent film lovers will not judge harshly the quality of the print.  Many early D.W. Griffith films are only available in a paper print format, and we are all very lucky that they have survived the trials of time for us to enjoy.

Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
Cinematography by         Billy Bitzer
Starring                             Florence Lawrence, Owen Moore, James Kirkwood, Arthur Johnson
Distributed by                   Biograph Company
Release date                      August 5, 1909
Country                             United States
Running time                    8 m.

You can see a slideshow of stills from this film and other interesting stuff on our website silent-hall-of-fame.org.

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