Florence Lawrence and Owen Moore


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.


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"The Mended Lute" is a short Indian drama directed by D.W. Griffith.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of three of our stars: actress Florence Lawrence, actor Arthur Johnson and cinematographer Billy Bitzer.


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, but we tell how the story ends in the last of the stills in the slide show.

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.


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Florence Lawrence and James Kirkwood in The Mended Lute 1909 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 2 

   Florence Lawrence and James Kirkwood


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