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The Mountaineer's Honor (1909) HD online
Language: English
Category: Movie / Short / Drama
Original Title: The Mountaineeru0027s Honor
Director: D.W. Griffith
Writers: D.W. Griffith,Frank E. Woods
Released: 1909
Duration: 11min
Video type: Movie
A mountain girl is seduced by a traveler from the valley. Her brother tracks the seducer down and kills him. In retaliation, the sheriff captures the brother and prepares to lynch him. Mother intervenes and, to save her son the disgrace of hanging, shoots him.
Credited cast:
Mary Pickford Mary Pickford - Harum-Scarum - a Mountain Girl
Owen Moore Owen Moore - The Mountain Girl's Suitor
James Kirkwood James Kirkwood - The Mountain Girl's Brother
Kate Bruce Kate Bruce - The Mountain Girl's Mother
George Nichols George Nichols - The Mountain Girl's Father
Arthur V. Johnson Arthur V. Johnson - A Traveler From The Valley
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan - The Sheriff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Evans Frank Evans - In Posse
Ruth Hart Ruth Hart - Townswoman
Billy Quirk Billy Quirk - Townsman
Gertrude Robinson Gertrude Robinson - Townswoman
Mack Sennett Mack Sennett - In Posse
Dorothy West Dorothy West - At Dance

Reviews: [4]

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    Mountaineer's Honor, The (1909)

    *** (out of 4)

    D.W. Griffith film about a young girl (Mary Pickford) who falls in love with a rich man but once he breaks her heart, the girl's brother goes out to protect her honor. This is a pretty good film from Griffith who's clearly showing off his Southern heritage here. Pickford gives a wonderful performance as the young girl and it's certainly the best I've seen from here in these early Griffith films. The film ends on a very strange note.

    This film is available through Grapevine in part of their D.W. Griffith: The Director series.
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    The dramatic possibilities in the standard of honor recognized by the mountaineers of Kentucky or some other Southern States have never been adequately recognized. The capable Biograph company has succeeded in reproducing graphically and convincingly one of these picturesque, though pathetic, scenes. It can be understood how ferociously a brother might follow and attack the betrayer of a sister, but the peculiar standards which make hanging such an ignominious form of execution will be scarcely comprehensible to one who has never known of the peculiarities. Under such circumstances it may, perhaps, be plain why a father should drive his daughter away. No matter how unsophisticated one may be, the parents are not likely to display any compassion, and this scene is unquestionably accurately reproduced. Not all unfortunate girls have a lover ready to accept them regardless of what has occurred. This human touch by the Biograph people gives a more pleasing ending than would the stern justice of the parents who turn their daughter away. More sinned against than sinning, and therefore entitled to charity, such girls excite pity rather than a sense of justice. Dramatically this picture displays great strength. Photographically it is clear, and the action of the characters is smooth and without unnecessary waits or melodramatic movements, - The Moving Picture World, December 4, 1909
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    It is 2200 (eastern Australian time) and I have just been given a 35mm print of this movie, a 16mm duplicate negative and a 16mm print. The 35mm print matches the criteria for being a old print. The story line is very thin and extremely easy to follow but to a 1909 audience it may have been quite substantial. For me it is like watching an amateur stage play but I find the body language interesting. For a movie this old the technical quality is very good, the 16mm print shows steady frame lines, no side weaving and a good tonal range with sharp definition. I also find the lack of camera movement fascinating and I think some modern filmmakers should study this technique
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    The 34 year old D.W. Griffith may have been a good director in terms of narrative, but he was dreadful when it came to working with actors. His vast tome of short films is testimony to the fact that he did not allow Mary Pickford, Mack Sennett and Lilian Gish to construct a biography and history for their characters in each short film, and therefore what you eventually see is a one-dimensional story lack any emotional involvement. This is the reason why Sennett and Pickford moved on to make their own films. With all the strengths that Griffith may have as a director, his shortcomings far outweigh anything that he has contributed. He went for quantity rather than quality, and compromised winning favour with successive audiences.