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Film, Video The lonely villa

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  • The lonely villa


  • Mr. and Mrs. Cullison and their three daughters live in a beautiful, large home out in the country. When Mr. Cullison is called away, leaving his wife and daughters alone in the house, a gang of thieves break in and threaten the family. When his car breaks down, not far from the house, Mr. Cullison calls home and discovers that his family is in terrible danger. He alerts the local police and with them, he races to the rescue, arriving just in time to thwart the burglars, and save his family.


  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction
  • Sennett, Mack, 1880-1960, writing, cast
  • Taylor, Stanner E. V., 1877-1948, writing
  • Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera
  • Marvin, Arthur W., 1861-1911, camera
  • Miles, David, 1871-1915, cast
  • Leonard, Marion, 1881-1956, cast
  • Egan, Gladys, cast
  • Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979, cast
  • De Garde, Adele, 1899-1972, cast
  • Moore, Owen, 1886-1939, cast
  • O'Sullivan, Tony, -1920, cast
  • Prior, Herbert, 1867-1954, cast
  • Hendrie, Anita, 1864-1940, cast
  • Cumpson, John R., 1868-1913, cast
  • Johnson, Arthur V., 1876-1916, cast
  • Mersereau, Violet, 1892-1975, cast
  • Avery, Charles, 1873-1926, cast
  • Kirkwood, James, 1875-1963, cast
  • Lorde, André de, 1871-1942
  • Biograph Company
  • Pickford (Mary) Collection (Library of Congress)
  • AFI/Pickford (Mary) Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Biograph Co., 1909.


  • -  Home invasion--Drama
  • -  Burglary--Drama
  • -  Rescues--Drama
  • -  Families--Drama


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


  • -  H128182 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 10June1909; H128182.
  • -  Based on the play, Au Téléphone, by Andre de Lorde.
  • -  David Miles, Marion Leonard, Gladys Egan, Mary Pickford, Adele De Garde, Owne Moore, Anthony O'Sullivan, Herbert Prior, Anita Hendrie, Mack Sennett, John R. Cumpson, Arthur Johnson, Violet Mersereau, Charles Avery, James Kirkwood.
  • -  Camera, G.W. Bitzer, Arthur Marvin.
  • -  Filmed on April 29-30 and May 4, 6 and 14, 1909 in Fort Lee, New Jersey and in Biograph's New York City studio.
  • -  Biograph production no. 3565.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2575) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 188; The Griffith project, v. 2, program sequence no. 150; Biograph bulletins 1908-1912, p. 97; Christel Schmidt's The Search for a Film Legacy: Mary Pickford (1909-1933) WWW site, viewed April 3, 2015.
  • -  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 (283 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (704 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (283 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic, copy 2 1 film reel of 1 (284 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (704 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 750 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 750 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5537 (viewing print)
  • FEB 8837 (viewing print)
  • FRA 2405 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRA 6419 (dupe neg pic, copy 2)
  • FPE 3757 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0609A (paper pos)
  • Box 5506A (paper pos, copy 2)

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2015600152

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  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Sennett, Mack, Writing, Cast, Stanner E. V Taylor, G. W Bitzer, Arthur W Marvin, David Miles, Marion Leonard, Gladys Egan, et al. The Lonely Villa. directeds by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video.

APA citation style:

Sennett, M., Taylor, S. E. V., Bitzer, G. W., Marvin, A. W., Miles, D., Leonard, M. [...] Paper Print Collection. (1909) The Lonely Villa. Griffith, D. W., dir United States: Biograph Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Sennett, Mack, Writing, Cast, et al. The Lonely Villa. dir by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.