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"The Golden Louis" (1909) director D. W. Griffith

"The Golden Louis" is a short drama directed by D.W. Griffith.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of Arthur Johnson, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

There is some uncertainty about the cast of this film. It was released in a split-reel with "The Politician’s Love Story" (1909), for which cinematography was done by G.W. Bitzer and Arthur Marvin.  So there is no reason why these two should not have done the same for "The Golden Louis".  However, some sources show only Arthur Marvin, while others put a question mark by the name of one or both cinematographers. Thus, until the issue is clarified definitively, we will give credit to Arthur Marvin.

There is also uncertainty about which actress plays the beggar girl - Adele de Garde or Gladys Egan.  Also, some sources give credit to Florence Lawrence, but it is difficult to spot her.

Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
Cinematography by         Arthur Marvin
Starring                             Charles Inslee (The Gambler), Owen Moore, Arthur V. Johnson
Distributed by                   Biograph Company
Release date                      February 22, 1909
Country                             United States
Running time                    6 m.

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