Rescued from an Eagle's Nest
|Rescued from an Eagle's Nest|
|Directed by||J. Searle Dawley|
|Starring||Henry B. Walthall|
|Cinematography||Edwin S. Porter|
|Running time||6 minutes|
This film is particularly notable not only as an example of early motion picture work, but for the actor who walks out of a cabin in the opening scene - future director D. W. Griffith in his first film acting role. Broke and stranded in New York after a play he authored failed and lured by the studio's offer of $15 per treatment, Griffith approached Edison studios with a script idea. Porter rejected Griffith's treatment, which was based on the Puccini opera Tosca, but offered him the lead role in this production. Griffith accepted and six months later directed his first film for Biograph. Rescued... is one of only two surviving film performances by the director as an actor.
A woodsman leaves a hut followed by a woman with their baby. Nearby some men chop down a tree. The baby is left outside the hut, but an eagle flies away with it. The mother comes outside and sees what has happened. She picks up a gun and aims, but decides against it. She tells the woodmen and they get to the cliff where the eagle's nest is. One of the men is let down on a rope to the nest. However the eagle attacks, but he kills it and kicks it of the cliff. He then picks up the baby, is hoisted up the cliff, and returns the baby to its mother.
- D. W. Griffith - Father
- Henry B. Walthall - Woodsman (as H. B. Walthall)
- Miss Earle
- Jinnie Frazer - Baby
- "Progressive Silent Film List: Rescued from an Eagle's Nest". Silent Era. Retrieved 2009-11-29.
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