Florence Lawrence in The Girls and Daddy 1909 director DW Griffith 00 

   Florence Lawrence

Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
Cinematography by         Billy Bitzer, Arthur Marvin
Starring                             Florence Lawrence, Dorothy West, David Miles, Arthur V. Johnson, Robert Harron
Distributed by                   Biograph Company
Release date                      February 1, 1909
Country                             United States
Running time                    9 m.


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"The Girls and Daddy"  is a short crime drama directed by D.W. Griffith.  We have a whole constellation of our stars taking part in this film: Billy Bitzer, Arthur V. Johnson, Robert Harron and Florence Lawrence.

Billy Bitzer shares the cinematography credit with Arthur Marvin. Arthur V. Johnson plays a policeman, Robert Harron is a messenger and Florence Lawrence is the first daughter. D.W. Griffith gets an acting credit as well, apart from the director's job. He is somewhere in the ball scene, but it is difficult to spot him.

When their father leaves for business, Florence Lawrence and her sister become the victims of two consecutive, but separate burglaries. Ironically, when they seek help to counter the second more violent criminal, the only person available is the first thief.

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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Arthur V Johnson in The Girls and Daddy 1909 director DW Griffith 14b 

   Arthur Johnson is the policeman


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