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The Adventures of Dollie


The Adventures of Dollie was made by D W Griffith in 1908. Hr went to the Biograph studios as an aspiring actor and was asked to direct a film. He did so on the condition he not lost his acting job. This was the first picture he directed and he never turned back.

The Adventures of Dollie is a 1908 American silent film directed by D. W. Griffith. It was Griffith's List of directorial debuts as a director. A print of the film survives in the Library of Congress film archive.< name="silentera"></> The film tells the story of a young girl who, after being kidnapped by a Romani people peddler, ends up trapped in a barrel as it floats downriver toward a waterfall.


On a beautiful summer day a father and mother take their daughter Dollie on an outing to the river. The mother uses to buy a gypsy's wares. The gypsy tries to rob the mother, but the father drives him off. Later the gypsy returns and kidnaps Dollie while her parents are distracted. A rescue crew is organized, but the gypsy hides the girl in a barrel and escapes in his wagon. As the wagon crosses the river, the barrel falls into the water. Still sealed in the barrel, Dollie is swept downstream in dangerous currents. A boy who is fishing in the river finds the barrel, and Dollie is reunited safely with her parents.


  • Arthur V. Johnson - Father
  • Linda Arvidson - Mother
  • Gladys Egan - Dollie
  • Charles Inslee - Gypsy
  • Madeline West - Gypsy's wife
  • Mrs. George Gebhardt

See also

  • List of American films of 1908
  • 1908 in film
  • D. W. Griffith filmography

Category:1908 films
Category:1900s drama films
Category:American films
Category:American drama films
Category:American silent short films
Category:Films directed by D. W. Griffith
Category:Directorial debut films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:1900s short films

D W Griffith

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