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Film / The Lonely Villa

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The Lonely Villa is a 1909 crime-drama short film by director D. W. Griffith based on the 1901 French play Au Telephone. It stars David Miles, Marion Leonard, and Mary Pickford. Only a teenager at the time, The Lonely Villa is the oldest surviving film appearance of Pickford.

In the film, a group of criminals break into a wealthy man's house. They threaten his wife and daughters, who hide in one of the rooms. The man finds out what is happening and runs back home to save his family.


The Lonely Villa was shot in Fort Lee, New Jersey and released on June 10, 1909, alongside the split-reel film A New Trick.

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