Florence Lawrence


Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
Cinematography by         G.W. Bitzer
Starring                             Frank  Powell, Florence Lawrence, Mary Pickford
Distributed by                   Biograph Company
Release date                      8 July 1909
Country                             United States
Language                           Silent, English intertitles



This film depicts real human tragedy and may not be suitable for all audiences.  Viewer discretion is advised.


The short film "The Country Doctor" (1909) is included in our program to illustrate the work of two of our stars: actress Florence Lawrence and cinematographer Billy Bitzer.


The films starts with the camera moving slowly to show the serene landscape of a small town.  Then we see the doctor enjoying a nice walk thought the fields covered with flowers with his wife and little daughter. 

The scene changes and now the doctor is trying to help his sick daughter.  Suddenly he is called to attend to another patient - the little girl of a neighboring poor family.  The doctor leaves in a hurry, telling his wife that he will be right back to check on his daughter.

Attending to the sick girl of the poor family takes longer than expected.  His maid keeps asking the doctor to return home, because his daughter's condition deteriorates. However, each time he wants to leave, the poor mother of the sick child implores him to stay.  He is torn between his duties as a doctor and his obligations as a father.


The film has a nice IMDB rating of 6.7, which is the highest of all films of that period.



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Florence Lawrence in The Country Doctor 1909 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 2

   Florence Lawrence