The Lonely Villa

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The Lonely Villa
Directed by D. W. Griffith
Written by Mack Sennett
Based on Au Telephone
by André de Lorde
Starring David Miles
Cinematography G. W. Bitzer
Arthur Marvin
Distributed by Biograph Company
Release date
  • June 10, 1909 (1909-06-10)
Running time
8 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Lonely Villa is a 1909 American short silent crime drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. The film stars David Miles, Marion Leonard and Mary Pickford in one of her first film roles. It is based on the 1901 French play Au Telephone (At the Telephone) by André de Lorde.[1] A print of The Lonely Villa survives and is currently in the public domain.[2]


A group of criminals waits until a wealthy man goes out to break into his house and threaten his wife and daughters. They refuge themselves inside one of the rooms, but the thieves break in. The father finds out what is happening and runs back home to try to save his family.


Production notes and release[edit]

The Lonely Villa was produced by the Biograph Company and shot in Fort Lee, New Jersey.[3][4] It was released on June 10, 1909 along with another D.W. Griffith split-reel film, A New Trick.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Choi, Jinhee; Wada-Marciano, Mitsuyo, eds. (2001). Horror to the Extreme: Changing Boundaries in Asian Cinema. Hong Kong University Press. p. 111. ISBN 962-209-973-4. 
  2. ^ a b "Progressive Silent Film List: The Lonely Villa". Silent Era. Retrieved June 24, 2008. 
  3. ^ Koszarski, Richard. Fort Lee: The Film Town. John Libbey Publishing. p. 58. ISBN 0-86196-653-8. 
  4. ^ "Studios and Films". Fort Lee Film Commission. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 

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