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  • His duty


  • It's Bob Allen's twenty-first birthday. His mother and his brother Jack, a policeman present him with a cap, personalized with his initals in the lining. Jack then goes to work and Bob goes out also. Later in the evening, Jack is called to the scene of a robbery, where he finds the cap with his brother's initials. Dismayed by the idea that his brother is a thief, he goes home and confronts Bob with the evidence. Though it breaks their mother's heart, Jack does his duty and leads his brother out in handcuffs.


  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction
  • Marvin, Arthur W., 1861-1911, camera
  • Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera
  • Bruce, Kate, 1858-1946, cast
  • Powell, Frank E., 1877- cast
  • Moore, Owen, 1886-1939, cast
  • Johnson, Arthur V., 1876-1916, cast
  • Leonard, Marion, 1881-1956, cast
  • Miles, David, 1871-1915, cast
  • Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979, cast
  • Mersereau, Violet, 1892-1975, cast
  • Harron, Robert, 1894-1920, cast
  • Biograph Company
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Biograph Co., 1909.


  • -  Duty--Drama
  • -  Brothers--Drama
  • -  Crime--Drama
  • -  Punishment--Drama


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


  • -  H12770 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 28May1909; H12770.
  • -  Kate Bruce, Frank Powell, Owen Moore, Arthur Johnson, Marion Leonard, David Miles, Mary Pickford, Violet Mersereau, Robert Harron.
  • -  Camera, Arthur Marvin, G.W. Bitzer.
  • -  According to the website, Search for a Film Legacy: Mary Pickford (1909-1933), interior titles are lacking from all LC copies.
  • -  Photographed May 10-12, 1909 in Edgewater, New Jersey and in the Biograph studio in New York City.
  • -  Part of summary from The Griffith project, v. 2.
  • -  Biograph production no. 3580.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2474) 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. 137; The Griffith project, v. 2, program sequence no. 149; Biograph production logs; Biograph bulletins, 1908-1912, p. 94; Christel Schmidt's The Search for a Film Legacy: Mary Pickford (1909-1933) WWW site, viewed April 13, 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) (ca. 5 min.) : si., b&w.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (161 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (161 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 400 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 400 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5438 (viewing print)
  • FRA 2890 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0053A (paper pos)
  • Box 5267A (paper pos, copy 2)

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2015600159

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Marvin, Arthur W., Camera, G. W Bitzer, Kate Bruce, Frank E Powell, Owen Moore, Arthur V Johnson, Marion Leonard, et al. His Duty. directeds by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video.

APA citation style:

Marvin, A. W., Bitzer, G. W., Bruce, K., Powell, F. E., Moore, O., Johnson, A. V. [...] Paper Print Collection. (1909) His Duty. Griffith, D. W., dir United States: Biograph Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Marvin, Arthur W., Camera, et al. His Duty. dir by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.