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  Dorothy West and Henry B. Walthall.
Frame enlargement: Silent Era image collection.
The House with Closed Shutters
(1910) American
B&W : One reel / 998 feet
Directed by D.W. Griffith

Cast: Henry B. Walthall [Charles Randolph, the Confederate soldier], Dorothy West [Agnes Randolph, his sister], Grace Henderson [Mrs. Randolph, their mother], Charles H. West [Agnes’ tall suitor, a Confederate soldier], Joseph Graybill [Agnes’ suitor, a Confederate soldier], William J. Butler [the Randolph servant (in blackface)], John T. Dillon [wellwisher outside the Randolph house; and an officer in Lee’s tent], Alfred Paget [wellwisher outside the Randolph house], Mabel Van Buren [wellwisher outside the Randolph house], Gladys Egan [little girl outside the Randolph house], [?] ? [Robert E. Lee], Verner Clarges [officer in Lee’s tent], Frank Evans [officer in Lee’s tent], Francis J. Grandon [officer in Lee’s tent]

Biograph Company production; distributed by Biograph Company. / Scenario by Emmett Campbell Hall. Cinematography by G.W. Bitzer. / © 11 August 1910 by Biograph Company [J144163]. Released 8 August 1910. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was shot 25 June through 2 July 1910 at the Biograph studio and on-location in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Griffith’s 244th film as director. The film was rereleased in the USA by Biograph Company on 29 May 1916.

Drama: Historical: Civil War.

Survival status: Prints exist in the Museum of Modern Art film archive [35mm nitrate negative]; in the George Eastman Museum film archive [35mm acetate master positive]; in the Library of Congress film archive (paper print collection) [35mm paper positive]; and in the film holdings of Film Preservation Associates.

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: African-Americans - Alcohol: Drunkeness - Animals: Horses - Battles - Blackface - Chases - Communication: Dispatches, Letters, Messages - Cowardice - Death - Disgrace - Domestics: Butlers - Families: Mother-son relationships, Sisters - Flags: Confederate - Impersonation - Messengers - Sewing - Shame - Soldiers - War: USA: American Civil War (1861-1865) - Weapons: Guns (Pistols, Rifles, Swords) - Windows: Shutters

Listing updated: 21 May 2012.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Barry-Griffith p. 42; Blum-Silent p. 19; Everson-American pp. 48, 368; Leyda-Before p. 144; Spehr-American p. 2; Usai-Griffith-4 p. 141 : Documentary-Beecher : Website-AFI.

Home video: DVD.

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