Robert Harron in Brute Force 1914 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 00

   Robert Harron


Directed by               D. W. Griffith
Produced by             Biograph Company
Scenario by               D. W. Griffith and Frank E. Woods (?)        
Starring                     Robert Harron, Mae Marsh, Wilfred Lucas
Cinematography       Billy Bitzer
Distributed by           The General Film Company, Incorporated
Release date               April 25, 1914
Running time             23 min.
Country                      United States
Language                    Silent film, English intertitles


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"Brute Force" is a short prehistoric drama, included in our program to illustrate the work of two of our stars: actor Robert Harron and cinematographer Billy Bitzer.

The film is a sequel to "Man's Genesis" (1912), also directed by D. W. Griffith.


Weakhands (Robert Harron) and Lilywhite (Mae Marsh) raise a happy family when disaster strikes.  A woman-less tribe led by Bruteforce (Wilfred Lucas) assaults them in pursuit of wives.  The invaders are initially repelled, but subsequently become victorious and enslave all women. After his muscles fail, Weakhands again must use his brain.  Will he be able to produce another more powerful weapon and turn the tide?


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