Florence La Badie in The Primal Call 1911 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 00

   Florence La Badie


Directed by                         D.W. Griffith
Produced by                       Biograph Company
Cinematography                G.W. Bitzer
Starring                              Claire McDowell, Wilfred Lucas, Joseph Graybill, Florence La Badie
Distributed by                    The General Film Company
Release date                       June 22, 1911
Running time                     13 min.
Country                              United States
Language                            Silent, English intertitles


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"The Primal Call" is a short drama directed by D. W. Griffith. This film illustrates the work of our stars cinematographer Billy Bitzer and Florence La Badie.

Florence La Badie plays a maid. Robert Harron is also credited for the film, but it is difficult to spot him.

A woman engaged to a wealthy society man, whom she does not love, unexpectedly meets and falls hard for a tough sailor.


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Wilfred Lucas and Claire McDowell in The Primal Call 1911 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 12 

   Wilfred Lucas and Claire McDowell


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