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Arthur Johnson carries Charles West's suitcase
Directed by D.W. Griffith
Cinematography by Billy Bitzer, Arthur Marvin
Starring Charles West, Herbert Prior, Anita Hendrie, Mary Pickford, Arthur V. Johnson
Distributed by Biograph Company
Release date June 14, 1909
Country United States
Running time 11 m.
"The Son's Return" 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.
The son returns to the country after making it rich in the big city. He decides to conceal his identity in order to surprise his folks, but this leads to unexpected consequences.
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The Son's Return
Mary Pickford has a quality moment with her beau Charles West in "The Son's Return" (1909), director D.W. Griffith.
Charles West bids good-bye to Anita-Hendrie in "The Son's Return" (1909), director D.W. Griffith.
Charles West decides to go back home in "The Son's Return" (1909), director D.W. Griffith.
Arthur Johnson carries Charles West's suitcase in "The Son's Return" (1909), director D.W. Griffith.
Charles West is not recognized by his parents in "The Son's Return" (1909), director D.W. Griffith.
Herbert Prior talks Anita Hendrie into robbing the wealthy visitor in "The Son's Return" (1909), director D.W. Griffith.
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