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Linda Arvidson and Harry Solter
Directed by D.W. Griffith
Cinematography by Billy Bitzer, Arthur Marvin
Starring Harry Solter, Linda Arvidson, George Gebhardt, D.W. Griffith, Robert Harron
Distributed by Biograph Company
Release date August 7, 1908
Country United States
Running time 8 m.
"A Calamitous Elopement" is a short comedy directed by D.W. Griffith. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of two of our stars: actor Robert Harron and cinematographer Billy Bitzer.
A very young Robert Harron has a bit part as a bellboy, while D.W. Griffith has a significant role as a policeman in addition to the director's job.
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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A Calamitous Elopement
Linda Arvidson and Harry Solter enjoy a few moments together in "A Calamitous Elopement" (1908), directed by D. W. Griffith.
The father of the prospective bride (Charles Inslee) throws out her man in "A Calamitous Elopement" (1908), directed by D. W. Griffith.
Linda Arvidson and Harry Solter discuss plan B in "A Calamitous Elopement" (1908), directed by D. W. Griffith.
Linda Arvidson and Harry Solter put plan B in action in "A Calamitous Elopement" (1908), directed by D. W. Griffith.
A thief (George Gebhardt) uses the commotion for his own benefit in "A Calamitous Elopement" (1908), directed by D. W. Griffith.
D. W. Griffith (the policeman) is in a rare acting scene with his wife Linda Arvidson in "A Calamitous Elopement" (1908), directed by D. W. Griffith.
Linda Arvidson works on the trunk lock as Harry Solter gets a note from bellboy Robert Harron in "A Calamitous Elopement" (1908), directed by D. W. Griffith.
George Gebhardt is left alone to take care of business in "A Calamitous Elopement" (1908), directed by D. W. Griffith.
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