At the Altar

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At the Altar
Directed by D. W. Griffith
Written by D. W. Griffith
Starring Marion Leonard
Cinematography G. W. Bitzer
Arthur Marvin
Distributed by Biograph Company
Release date
  • February 25, 1909 (1909-02-25)
Running time
11 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent

At the Altar is a 1909 American silent drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. The film was shot in Fort Lee, New Jersey where early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based at the beginning of the 20th century.[1][2][3][4] A print of this films survives in the film archive of the Library of Congress.[5]


A rejected admirer sets up a trap to kill his sweetheart and her fiance before they married and then commit suicide, but before he passes away, he leaves a confession. Fortunately the confession is found on time and a police man runs to the church to save the couple.


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  1. ^ Koszarski, Richard (2004), Fort Lee: The Film Town, Rome, Italy: John Libbey Publishing -CIC srl, ISBN 0-86196-653-8 
  2. ^ "Studios and Films". Fort Lee Film Commission. Archived from the original on 25 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  3. ^ Fort Lee Film Commission (2006), Fort Lee Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 0-7385-4501-5 
  4. ^ Amith, Deninis (January 1, 2011). "Before there was Hollywood there was Fort Lee, NJ". J!-ENT. 
  5. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: At the Altar". Silent Era. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 

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