A Corner in Wheat
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|A Corner in Wheat|
|Directed by||D W Griffith|
|Written by||Frank Norris (book)|
W. C. Miller
H. B. Walthall
|Distributed by||American Mutoscope and Biograph Company|
|approx. 15 minutes|
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 a novel and a short story by Frank Norris, titled The Pit and A Deal in Wheat.
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.
The film was also released on 8mm in the 1960s.
- Frank Powell as The wheat king
- James Kirkwood as The poor farmer
- Linda Arvidson as The poor farmer's wife
- Henry B. Walthall as The wheat king's assistant
- Grace Henderson as The wheat king's wife
- W. Chrystie Miller as The poor farmer's father
- Woods, Frank E., Writing, G. W Bitzer, Frank E Powell, Grace Henderson, James Kirkwood, Linda Arvidson, W. Christy Miller, et al. A Corner in Wheat. United States: Biograph, 1909. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2012600307/
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