Film, Video Lines of white on a sullen sea

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Title
Lines of white on a sullen sea
Summary
Emily turns down an offer of marriage from sailor Joe, and accepts sailor Bill. He sails away and soon forgets about his promise to Emily, leaving her to wait for six, long years. Unbeknownst to her, he marries and has a child. She waits, despite entreaties from Joe and the ridicule of her neighbors. Eventually she becomes deathly ill. When Bill returns with his wife and child, Joe forces him to make Emily's final moments happy, pretending he has returned to marry her.
Contributor Names
Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction.
Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera.
Arvidson, Linda, 1884-1949, cast.
Nichols, George, 1864-1927, cast.
Kirkwood, James, 1875-1963, cast.
Bruce, Kate, 1858-1946, cast.
Leonard, Marion, 1881-1956, cast.
West, Dorothy, 1891-1980, cast.
Quirk, Billy, 1873-1926, cast.
Robinson, Gertrude, 1891-1962, cast.
Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979, cast.
Powell, Frank E., 1877- cast.
Sennett, Mack, 1880-1960, cast.
O'Sullivan, Tony, -1920, cast.
Moore, Owen, 1886-1939, cast.
Biograph Company.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Biograph Co., 1909.
Subject Headings
-  Betrothal--Drama
-  Constancy--Drama
-  Loyalty--Drama
-  Betrayal--Drama
Genre
Melodramas (Motion pictures)
Silent films
Short films
Fiction films
Notes
-  J133854 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Based on the poem, Lines of white on a sullen sea by William Carleton.
-  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 27Oct1909; J133854.
-  Linda Arvidson, George O. Nicholls, James Kirkwood, Kate Bruce, Marion Leonard, Dorthey West, William A. Quirk, Gertrude Robinson, Mary Pickford, Frank Powell, Mack Sennett, Anthony O'Sullivan, Owen Moore.
-  G.W. Bitzer.
-  Photographed September 11 and September 18 in Highlands, New Jersey and in the Biograph studio in New York City.
-  Part of summary from the Griffith project, v. 3.
-  Biograph production no. 3627.
-  Paper print shelf number (LC 2565) 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. 183; The Griffith project, v. 3, p. 79-81 (program sequence no. 199); Biograph production logs; Biograph bulletins, 1908-1912, p. 137; 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.
Medium
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (372 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (372 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
paper pos 3 rolls of 3 (ca. 900 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
FLA 5530 (viewing print)
FRA 2399 (dupe neg pic)
Box 1187A, Box 1188A, Box 1145C (paper pos)
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/ntscrm.00107067
Library of Congress Control Number
2015600161
Language
English
Online Format
image
video
OCLC Number
18573443
Description
Emily turns down an offer of marriage from sailor Joe, and accepts sailor Bill. He sails away and soon forgets about his promise to Emily, leaving her to wait for six, long years. Unbeknownst to her, he marries and has a child. She waits, despite entreaties from Joe and the ridicule of her neighbors. Eventually she becomes deathly ill. When Bill returns with his wife and child, Joe forces him to make Emily's final moments happy, pretending he has returned to marry her.
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Bitzer, G. W., Camera, Linda Arvidson, George Nichols, James Kirkwood, Kate Bruce, Marion Leonard, Dorothy West, et al. Lines of White on a Sullen Sea. United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2015600161/.

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Bitzer, G. W., Arvidson, L., Nichols, G., Kirkwood, J., Bruce, K., Leonard, M. [...] Paper Print Collection. (1909) Lines of White on a Sullen Sea. United States: Biograph Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015600161/.

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Bitzer, G. W., Camera, et al. Lines of White on a Sullen Sea. United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2015600161/>.