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  • The light that came


  • Grace, a disfigured young woman with two beautiful sisters, Vivian and Daisy, falls in love with Carl Wagner, a blind violinist, and they become engaged. Though she fears losing his love when he sees the scar on her face, Daisy pays for the surgery that restores Carl's sight. After his vision is restored, Vivian and Daisy both vie for Carl's attention, but to no avail. He still loves Grace.


  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction, writing
  • Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944
  • Hart, Ruth, 1886-1952, cast
  • Moore, Owen, 1886-1939, cast
  • Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979, cast
  • Leonard, Marion, 1881-1956, cast
  • Bruce, Kate, 1858-1946, cast
  • Nichols, George, 1864-1927, cast
  • Sennett, Mack, 1880-1960, cast
  • O'Sullivan, Tony, -1920, cast
  • Quirk, Billy, 1873-1926, cast
  • Grandon, Francis J., 1879-1929, cast
  • Kirkwood, James, 1875-1963, cast
  • Hedlund, Guy, 1884-1964, cast
  • West, Dorothy, 1891-1980, cast
  • Robinson, Gertrude, 1891-1962, cast
  • Powell, Frank E., 1877- cast
  • Evans, Frank (Actor) cast
  • Biograph Company
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States; Biograph Company, 1909.


  • -  Feminine beauty (Aesthetics)--Drama
  • -  Generosity--Drama
  • -  Sisters--Drama
  • -  Blindness--Drama


  • Melodramas (Motion pictures)
  • Romance films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  J134658 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 13Nov1909; J134658.
  • -  Cinematography, G.W. Bitzer
  • -  Ruth Hart, Owen Moore, Mary Pickford, Marion Leonard, Kate Bruce, George O. Nicholls, Arthur Johnson, Tony O'Sullivan, Billy Quirk, Mack Sennett, Francis J. Grandon, James Kirkwood, Guy Hedlund, Dorothy West, Gertrude Robinson, Frank Powell, Mabel Trunelle, Frank Evans, J. Waltham.
  • -  Cast from Early motion pictures, p. 183 and The Griffith project, v. 3, p. 90. Early motion pictures erroneously includes Linda Arvidson and Herbert Yost, and omits Ruth Hart.
  • -  Summary derived from synopses in Early motion pictures, and in Moving picture world.
  • -  According to The Griffith project, v. 3, p. 91, although the Biograph bulletin identifies the heroine as Grace, a letter insert identifies the character as Martha.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2854) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Biograph production no. 3635.
  • -  Photographed in the Biograph studio, New York City, September 30 and October 2-4, 1909.
  • -  Not viewed.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress, p. 183; Internet movie database, March 22, 2013; AFI catalog online, viewed March 22, 2013; Moving picture world, v. 5, no. 1 (July 3, 1909) p. 691, 696 and 757; Silent era WWW site, viewed March 22, 2013; The Griffith project, v. 3, p. 90-92; Biograph bulletins 1908-1912, p. 141.
  • -  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 (ca. 395 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 395 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 1,000 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5529 (viewing print)
  • FRA 2613 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0219A (paper pos)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2013604952

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Bitzer, G. W, Ruth Hart, Owen Moore, Mary Pickford, Marion Leonard, Kate Bruce, George Nichols, et al. The Light That Came. directeds by Griffith, D. W. , Ection, Writing United States; Biograph Company, 1909. Video.

APA citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Hart, R., Moore, O., Pickford, M., Leonard, M., Bruce, K. [...] Paper Print Collection. (1909) The Light That Came. Griffith, D. W., dir United States; Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Bitzer, G. W, et al. The Light That Came. dir by Griffith, D. W. , Ection, Writing United States; Biograph Company, 1909. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.