Henry Walthall and Marion Leonard in A trap for Santa 1909 DW Griffith and Billy Bitzer 00 

   Henry Walthall and Marion Leonard

Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
Cinematography by         Billy Bitzer
Starring                             Marion Leonard, Henry Walthall, Gladys Egan, Mack Sennett
Distributed by                   Biograph Company
Release date                      December 20, 1909
Country                             United States
Running time                    15 m.

 

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"A Trap for Santa" is a short drama directed by D.W. Griffith.  It is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star cinematographer Billy Bitzer.

A jobless man (Henry Walthall) is filled with guilt and decides to leave his wife (Marion Leonard) and children behind. Then one day Marion Leonard's fortunes turn around when she receives inheritance. Before Christmas her children set a trap, but instead of catching Santa, they nab a burglar entering through the window. 

 

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