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Film, Video The country doctor

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  • The country doctor


  • Dr. Harcourt's daughter, Edith, falls sick. While treating her, the doctor is summoned to the sickbed of a poor neighbor's daughter who is also gravely ill. The doctor is torn between his duty, and concern for his own daughter's welfare. Duty wins out and he rushes to the bedside of the neighbor's child, promising his distraught wife that he will return home as soon as possible. He finds the child near death. Meanwhile, Edith takes a turn for the worse and a servant is sent to bring him home. Dr. Harcourt is faced with the dilemma of returning to save his own child, or staying to save another. He stays. When the neighbor's child is out of danger, he returns home to find that his own daughter has died.


  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction
  • Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera
  • Powell, Frank E., 1877- cast
  • Lawrence, Florence, 1890-1938, cast
  • Egan, Gladys, cast
  • Bruce, Kate, 1858-1946, cast
  • Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979, cast
  • De Garde, Adele, 1899-1972, cast
  • King, Rose, 1884-1967, cast
  • Biograph Company
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Biograph Co., 1909.


  • -  Medical ethics--Drama
  • -  Physician and patient--Drama
  • -  Father and child--Drama


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


  • -  J129513 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 9July1909; J129513.
  • -  Camera, G.W. Bitzer.
  • -  Frank Powell, Florence Lawrence, Gladys Egan, Kate Bruce, Mary Pickford, Adele De Garde, Rose King.
  • -  Video file lacks beginning, end and interior titles.
  • -  Parts of summary from The Griffith project, v. 2 and Early motion pictures.
  • -  Biograph production no. 3589.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2333) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Photographed May 29, May 30 and June 7, 1909 in Greenwich, Connecticut, and in the Biograph Studio, New York, New York.
  • -  Sources used: Moving picture world, v. 6, p. 24; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 67; The Griffith project, v. 2, program sequence no. 158; Biograph bulletins 1908-1912, p. 105.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • 1 video file (digital, MPEG-4) (ca. 10 min.) : si., b&w.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (354 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (354 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 900 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5313 (viewing print)
  • FRA 2235 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0467A (paper pos)

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2014600154

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  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Camera, Frank E Powell, Florence Lawrence, Gladys Egan, Kate Bruce, Mary Pickford, Adele De Garde, Rose King, Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. The Country Doctor. directeds by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video.

APA citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Powell, F. E., Lawrence, F., Egan, G., Bruce, K., Pickford, M. [...] Paper Print Collection. (1909) The Country Doctor. Griffith, D. W., dir United States: Biograph Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Camera, et al. The Country Doctor. dir by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.