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"Ramona" (1910) director D. W. Griffith, cinematographer Billy Bitzer

"Ramona", A Story of the White Man’s Injustice to the Indian, is a short drama directed by D. W. Griffith, featuring Billy Bitzer, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. Robert Harron also gets credit, but it is difficult to spot him.

Mary Pickford plays a Hispanic girl who falls in love with an Indian.  Undeterred by the vehement objections of her mother, she elopes with her man.  Then when white settlers drive the Indians from their homes the young family meets a tragic end.

Directed by                         D.W. Griffith
Produced by                       Biograph Company
Scenario by                         Stanner E. V. Taylor from the novel Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson
Cinematography                Billy Bitzer
Starring                              Mary Pickford, Henry B. Walthall, Kate Bruce, Francis Grandon
Distributed by                    Biograph Company
Release date                       May 23, 1910
Running time                     16 min.
Country                              United States
Language                            Silent, English intertitles

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