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  • A corner in wheat


  • A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain's producers into charity lines and further into poverty. Shows the differences between the lives of those who work to grow the wheat and the life of the man who dabbles in its sale for profit.


  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction, writing
  • Woods, Frank E., writing
  • Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera
  • Powell, Frank E., 1877- cast
  • Henderson, Grace, 1860-1944, cast
  • Kirkwood, James, 1875-1963, cast
  • Arvidson, Linda, 1884-1949, cast
  • Miller, W. Christy, 1843-1922, cast
  • Egan, Gladys, cast
  • Walthall, Henry B. (Henry Brazeale), 1878-1936, cast
  • Bruce, Kate, 1858-1946, cast
  • Butler, William J., 1860-1927, cast
  • Craig, Charles B., cast
  • Dillon, Edward, 1880-1933, cast
  • Evans, Frank (Actor) cast
  • Haldeman, Edith, cast
  • Harron, Robert, 1894-1920, cast
  • Hart, Ruth, 1886-1952, cast
  • Johnson, Arthur V., 1876-1916, cast
  • MacPherson, Jeanie, 1887-1946, cast
  • Mailes, Charles H. (Charles Hill), 1870-1937, cast
  • Moore, Owen, 1886-1939, cast
  • Nichols, George, 1864-1927, cast
  • O'Sullivan, Tony, -1920, cast
  • Quirk, Billy, 1873-1926, cast
  • Robinson, Gertrude, 1891-1962, cast
  • Sennett, Mack, 1880-1960, cast
  • Sweet, Blanche, cast
  • West, Dorothy, 1891-1980, cast
  • Norris, Frank, 1870-1902
  • Biograph Company
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Biograph, 1909.


  • -  Wheat trade--United States
  • -  Speculation--United States--Drama
  • -  Wheat farmers--United States--Drama


  • Social problem films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  J135969 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 15Dec1909; J135969.
  • -  Camera, G. W. Bitzer.
  • -  Frank Powell, Grace Henderson, James Kirkwood, Linda Arvidson, W. Chrystie Miller, Gladys Egan, Henry B. Walthall, Kate Bruce, William J. Butler, Charles Craig, Edward Dillon, Frank Evans, Edith Haldeman, Robert Harron, Ruth Hart, Arthur V. Johnson, Jeanie Macpherson, Charles Hill Mailes, Owen Moore, George Nichols, Anthony O'Sullivan, Billy Quirk, Gertrude Robinson, Mack Sennett, Blanche Sweet, Dorothy West.
  • -  Summary from the Internet movie database.
  • -  Biograph production no. 3646.
  • -  Based on the novel, The pit, by Frank Norris.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2331) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Photographed Nov. 3-13, 1909 in Jamaica, Long Island, New York.
  • -  This film was selected for the National Film Registry.
  • -  Sources used: Niver's Early motion pictures; Internet movie database WWW site, viewed July 23, 2012; Moving picture world, v. 5, no. 25, p. 878-879 (Dec. 18, 1909); Biograph bulletins 1908-1912, p. 150.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (396 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 975 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (396 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 1,075 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 400 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos 3 rolls (ca. 1,000 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5311 (viewing print)
  • FEC 2711 (viewing print)
  • FRA 2233 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPE 8838 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 1359 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0917C, Box 0918A, Box 0919A (paper pos)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2012600307

Online Format

  • image
  • video
  • web page

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Chicago citation style:

Woods, Frank E., Writing, G. W Bitzer, Frank E Powell, Grace Henderson, James Kirkwood, Linda Arvidson, W. Christy Miller, et al. A Corner in Wheat. directeds by Griffith, D. W. , Ection, Writing United States: Biograph, 1909. Video.

APA citation style:

Woods, F. E., Bitzer, G. W., Powell, F. E., Henderson, G., Kirkwood, J., Arvidson, L. [...] Niver. (1909) A Corner in Wheat. Griffith, D. W., dir United States: Biograph. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Woods, Frank E., Writing, et al. A Corner in Wheat. dir by Griffith, D. W. , Ection, Writing United States: Biograph, 1909. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.