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  • Lena and the geese


  • An aristocratic woman is forced to give up her newborn daughter to be raised by Gretchen, a peasant woman. The girl grows up with Lena, the peasant's real daughter, who tends a flock of geese. On her deathbed, the aristocratic mother decides her daughter should be reinstated into the royal household, and sends for her, but Gretchen substitutes Lena instead. Without success, the young goose girl is instructed in protocol and proper behavior. Soon Lena has had enough, and runs home to her mother, her geese, and her country suitor. Gretchen confesses, the rightful heir assumes her position, and Lena, the goose girl, happily returns to her old life.


  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction
  • Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera
  • Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979, cast, writing
  • Lañoe, J. J. (Joseph Jiquel), 1875- cast
  • Bruce, Kate, 1858-1946, cast
  • Marsh, Mae, 1895-1968, cast
  • August, Edwin, 1883-1964, cast
  • McDowell, Clare, 1877-1966, cast
  • Miller, W. Christy, 1843-1922, cast
  • Mailes, Charles H. (Charles Hill), 1870-1937, cast
  • Hyde, Harry, cast
  • Opperman, Frank, 1861-1922, cast
  • Carroll, William, 1876-1928, cast
  • Henderson, Grace, 1860-1944, cast
  • Paget, Alfred, 1880-1925, cast
  • Cabanne, Christy, 1888-1950, cast
  • Robinson, Spike, 1884-1942, cast
  • West, Charles H., 1885-1943, cast
  • Biograph Company
  • General Film Company
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : General Film Company, 1912.


  • -  Mothers and daughters--Drama
  • -  Mistaken identity--Drama
  • -  Aristocracy (Social class)--Drama
  • -  Peasants--Drama
  • -  Rural girls--Drama


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


  • -  J170619 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 25June1912; J170619.
  • -  Mary Pickford, J. Jiquel Lañoe, Kate Bruce, Mae Marsh, Edwin August, Clare McDowell, W. Chrystie Miller, Charles Hill Mailes, Harry Hyde, Frank Opperman, William Carroll, Grace Henderson, Alfred Paget, W. Christy Cabanne, W.C. Robinson, Charles H. West.
  • -  Camera, G.W. Bitzer.
  • -  Photographed around April, 1912, in or near Los Angeles, California.
  • -  Summary derived from The Griffith project, v. 6, p. 412.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2560) 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. 181; The Griffith project, v. 6, p. 69, program sequence no. 412; Biograph bulletins, 1908-1912, p. 413; Christel Schmidt's The Search for a Film Legacy: Mary Pickford (1909-1933) WWW site, viewed June 26, 201; Internet movie database WWW site, viewed June 26, 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. 15 min.) : si., b&w.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (385 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (385 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 850 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5525 (viewing print)
  • FRA 2395 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0643A (paper pos)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2015600179

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  • Restricted: video files available on-site only. Access by appointment. [If used, ADD 007 & HREC $h Electronic resource]

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  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Camera, Mary Pickford, J. J Lañoe, Kate Bruce, Mae Marsh, Edwin August, Clare McDowell, et al. Lena and the Geese. directeds by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: General Film Company, 1912. Video.

APA citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Pickford, M., Lañoe, J. J., Bruce, K., Marsh, M., August, E. [...] Paper Print Collection. (1912) Lena and the Geese. Griffith, D. W., dir United States: General Film Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Camera, et al. Lena and the Geese. dir by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: General Film Company, 1912. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.