A Corner in Wheat

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A Corner in Wheat
Directed by D W Griffith
Written by Frank Norris (book)
Starring Frank Powell
Grace Henderson
James Kirkwood
Linda Arvidson
W. C. Miller
Gladys Egan
H. B. Walthall
Blanche Sweet
Distributed by American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
Release dates
  • December 13, 1909 (1909-12-13)
Running time approx. 15 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent

A Corner in Wheat is a 1909 American short silent film which tells of a greedy tycoon who tries to corner the world market on wheat, destroying the lives of the people who can no longer afford to buy bread. It was directed by D. W. Griffith and adapted by Griffith and Frank E. Woods from the novel The Pit (1903) by Frank Norris.

Intercutting (cross-cutting) between still tableaux of the poor in the bread line and the lavish, active parties of the wealthy speculator somewhat anticipates the collision montage which became a hallmark of the politically charged Soviet cinema a decade or so later.

In 1994, A Corner in Wheat was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

The film was also released on 8mm in the 1960s.

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