Robert Harron in The Battle 1911 director DW Griffith cinematographer Billy Bitzer 00

   Robert Harron

Directed by                         D.W. Griffith
Produced by                       Biograph Company
Cinematography                Billy Bitzer
Starring                              Charles West, Blanche Sweet, Robert Harron
Distributed by                    Biograph Company
Release date                       November 6, 1911
Running time                     11 min.
Country                              United States
Language                            Silent, English intertitles


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"The Battle" is a short Civil War drama directed by D. W. Griffith. This film illustrates the work of our stars Billy Bitzer and Robert Harron.

Scared for his life during the first fight, a young soldier (Charles West) hides in the home of his girlfriend. Later he successfully battles his fears and rejoins the troops.  He is then chosen for an important mission - to bring much needed ammunition to the front lines.


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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   Robert Harron is shot during the battle

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