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"The Black Viper" (1908)

"The Black Viper"  is a short crime drama, featuring cinematographer Billy Bitzer, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

A man saves a girl after she is attacked in the street by a thug nicknamed Viper.  Later the thug comes back with a gang, overpowers the man and takes him away on a cart. The girl organizes a pursuit with the help of friends, and they chase the gang on a rocky mountain terrain.

D.W. Griffith plays the role of one of the rescuers in addition to the director's job.

We trust that silent film lovers will not judge harshly the quality of the print.  Many early D.W. Griffith films are only available in a paper print format, and we are all very lucky that they have survived the trials of time for us to enjoy.

Directed by                       D.W. Griffith, Wallace McCutcheon Jr.
Cinematography by         Billy Bitzer, Arthur Marvin
Starring                             Edward Dillon, George Gebhardt, Mack Sennett, D.W. Griffith, Anthony O'Sullivan
Distributed by                   Biograph Company
Release date                      July 25, 1908
Country                             United States
Running time                    10 m.

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