Arthur V Johnson in Pippa Passes 1909 director DW Griffith 07 

   Arthur V. Johnson

Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
Cinematography by         Billy Bitzer, Arthur Marvin
Starring                             Gertrude Robinson, Marion Leonard, Arthur V. Johnson, Mack Sennett, Owen Moore
Distributed by                   Biograph Company
Release date                      October 4, 1909
Country                             United States
Running time                    14 m.

"Pippa Passes" is a short drama directed by D.W. Griffith.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our stars cinematographer Billy Bitzer and Arthur V. Johnson. Billy Bitzer shares the cinematography credit with Arthur Marvin. Arthur V. Johnson plays a character by the name of Luca.

The film is based on the verse drama by the 19 century English poet Robert Browning.  Apparently the poem was very popular, judging by these facts:
- This was the first film to be reviewed by the New York Times newspaper
- there is a town by the name of Pippa Passes in Kentucky

A girl sings with a lute and the song has a healing effect.



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Arthur V Johnson and Marion Leonard in Pippa Passes 1909 director DW Griffith 06

   Arthur Johnson and Marion Leonard