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D. W. Griffith: Director, Vol. 3 [DVD]
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Her First Biscuits
This D. W. Griffith-directed comedy was allegedly filmed in a single day. Florence Lawrence, "The Biograph Girl," plays the new young wife of a middle-aged theatrical manager. Hoping to impress her husband, wifey prevails upon the maid to instruct her in the art of biscuit-making. The results are horrendous -- not to mention thoroughly inedible -- but the husband, not wishing to break his bride's heart, tortuously consumes the concrete-like biscuits. Convinced that she's become an overnight master chef, the wife whips up another batch of biscuits and begins distributing them to her husband's business associates and employees. By film's end, everyone in town is writhing in agony after partaking of the killer biscuits. Among the unfortunate victims of the heroine's culinary efforts is 15-year-old Mary Pickford, making her motion-picture debut. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Way of a Man
The Country Doctor
The Son's Return
The Broken Locket
Advertised by Biograph studios as a "Contemporary Temperance Melodrama," D. W. Griffith's The Broken Locket was filmed in part at Edgewater, New Jersey, near the Hudson Palisades. Not wishing to break his fiancee's heart, a young drunkard vows to go "cold turkey." As good as his word, he leaves for the Big City to make his fortune but not before giving his sweetheart one-half of a locket as a remembrance. Alas, our hero becomes entangled with a seductress, who spitefully sends a letter to the heroine, falsely claiming that her boyfriend has been killed. The girl's grief manifests itself into temporary blindness, while the young man, led astray by the big-city temptress, once again descends into drunkenness. Hero and heroine are reunited at the end, but while the "broken locket" shared between them is repaired, their relationship, sadly, is irreparable. Mary Pickford, Frank Powell and Kate Bruceare among the Griffith regulars appearing in this one-reel heart-tugger. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Cardinal's Conspiracy
The Lonely Villa
The Renunciation
D.W. Griffith's Renunciation is a comedy western, filmed in the wilds of Shadyside, New Jersey. Fascinated by a pair of handsome cowboys, the heroine flirts shamelessly with both men. It isn't long before the two old pals of the saddle are bitter enemies. As they prepare to square off in a knife battle, the girl breaks up the fight by introducing her real boyfriend, a limp-wristed "pansy" type. Astonished that the girl would choose a sissy-boy over them, the two cowpokes vow eternal friendship and swear off women for good (or, at least, for now). Mary Pickford, Billy Quirk and Harry Salter are starred in this one-reel trifle. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

A Strange Meeting
The Violin Maker of Cremona
Previously filmed in 1909 by D.W. Griffith, the old vaudeville "curtain raiser" The Violin Maker of Cremona was again adapted to the screen a year later by Pathe. The scene is the Italian village of Cremona, where the mayor has offered a gold chain to whoever builds the best violin. One of the aspirant artisans is Filippo, an impoverished cripple. He hopes to win the prize so that he can marry the heroine, who will otherwise wed a handsomer violin-maker. Filippo wins the prize, but when he realizes that the girl is irrevocably in love with his rival, the hero generously turns the gold chain over to the amorous couple as a wedding present. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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