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The U.S. Library of Congress catalog gives the following description: “A man, a woman, and a little girl are out for a walk in the woods. The woman and the little girl are sitting by a stream when a gypsy attempts to sell some baskets. Failing in this, he attempts to steal the woman's purse and is caught. He begins molesting her, and her husband comes to the rescue. The gypsy, gesturing as if swearing vengeance, returns to his wife and wagon. The following scenes show the gypsy kidnapping the little girl, the getaway in his wagon after hiding her in a barrel, the gypsy trying to ford the stream in his wagon, and the loss of the barrel. The barrel floats downstream and over a small waterfall. It is eventually fished from the water by two small boys who were fishing in the first scene. The film ends as the little girl is extricated from the barrel and reunited with her father. This was the first picture directed by D. W. Griffith.”
       Parts of this film exist, and a restoration project was underway in ... More Less

The U.S. Library of Congress catalog gives the following description: “A man, a woman, and a little girl are out for a walk in the woods. The woman and the little girl are sitting by a stream when a gypsy attempts to sell some baskets. Failing in this, he attempts to steal the woman's purse and is caught. He begins molesting her, and her husband comes to the rescue. The gypsy, gesturing as if swearing vengeance, returns to his wife and wagon. The following scenes show the gypsy kidnapping the little girl, the getaway in his wagon after hiding her in a barrel, the gypsy trying to ford the stream in his wagon, and the loss of the barrel. The barrel floats downstream and over a small waterfall. It is eventually fished from the water by two small boys who were fishing in the first scene. The film ends as the little girl is extricated from the barrel and reunited with her father. This was the first picture directed by D. W. Griffith.”
       Parts of this film exist, and a restoration project was underway in 2018.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
BIOB1
p. 366, 369, 423
BIOB2
p. 1.
BPL
pp. 104-105.
EMP
p. 3.
LCMP
p. 1, column 3.
LCPP
pp. 165-166.
Moving Picture World
11 Jul 1908
p. 38tl.
Moving Picture World
18 Jul 1908
p. 49ts.
New York Clipper
18 Jul 1908
p. 568s, 574ta.
The Daily Worker
p. 20.
Treasures from the Film Archives
p. 252.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 July 1908
Copyright Claimant:
American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.
Copyright Date:
10 July 1908
Copyright Number:
H113248
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
713
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During a leisurely afternoon in the woods with his wife and little daughter Dollie, a man briefly steps away, and when he returns he finds a gypsy molesting his wife. He beats the gypsy, who swears vengeance as he runs away. The gypsy returns to his wife and wagon, and plots the abduction of the little girl. He kidnaps Dollie, hides her in a barrel, and makes his getaway, but as he fords a stream in his wagon, the rushing water carries away the barrel. It floats downstream and over a small waterfall. Farther downstream, two small boys who are fishing pull the barrel out of the water and extricate Dollie. She is reunited with her ... +


During a leisurely afternoon in the woods with his wife and little daughter Dollie, a man briefly steps away, and when he returns he finds a gypsy molesting his wife. He beats the gypsy, who swears vengeance as he runs away. The gypsy returns to his wife and wagon, and plots the abduction of the little girl. He kidnaps Dollie, hides her in a barrel, and makes his getaway, but as he fords a stream in his wagon, the rushing water carries away the barrel. It floats downstream and over a small waterfall. Farther downstream, two small boys who are fishing pull the barrel out of the water and extricate Dollie. She is reunited with her father. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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