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The Birth of a Nation

Year:
Duration:
190 min (16 fps) | USA:125 min (video version) | USA:187 min (DVD) | Argentina:165 min | 193 min (2011 Blu-ray Restoration Edition)
Genres:
Drama | History | Romance | War
IMDB rate:
6.9
Director:
D.W. Griffith
Awards:
2 wins
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1915-03-03
Filming Locations: Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
Earnings
Budget: $110,000
Gross: $10,000,000 (USA)$11,000,000 (worldwide)
Cast
Actor
Character
Lillian Gish
Elsie - Stoneman's Daughter
Mae Marsh
Flora Cameron - The Pet Sister
Henry B. Walthall
Col. Ben Cameron
Miriam Cooper
Margaret Cameron - Elder Sister
Mary Alden
Lydia - Stoneman's Mulatto Housekeeper
Ralph Lewis
Hon. Austin Stoneman - Leader of the House
George Siegmann
Silas Lynch - Mulatto Lieut. Governor
Walter Long
Gus - A Renegade Negro
Robert Harron
Tod - Stoneman's Younger Son
Wallace Reid
Jeff - The Blacksmith (as Wallace Reed)
Joseph Henabery
Abraham Lincoln
Elmer Clifton
Phil - Stoneman's Elder Son
Josephine Crowell
Mrs. Cameron
Spottiswoode Aitken
Dr. Cameron
George Beranger
Wade Cameron - Second Son
Maxfield Stanley
Duke Cameron - Youngest Son
Jennie Lee
Mammy - The Faithful Servant
Donald Crisp
Gen. U.S. Grant
Howard Gaye
Gen. Robert E. Lee
Monte Blue
Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Braham
Cameron's Male Servant
Bob Burns
Klan Leader
Edmund Burns
Klansman (uncredited)
Edward Burns
Klansman (uncredited)
Fred Burns
Klansman (uncredited)
David Butler
Northern Soldier / Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Peggy Cartwright
Young Girl in Cabin (uncredited)
William E. Cassidy
Minor Role (uncredited)
Dark Cloud
General
Lenore Cooper
Elsie's Maid
Sam De Grasse
Sen. Charles Sumner
William De Vaull
Nelse
Charles Eagle Eye
Man Who Falls from Roof (uncredited)
John Ford
Klansman on Horse Holding Up Hood with Hand (uncredited)
Alberta Franklin
Minor Role (uncredited)
William Freeman
Jake
Gibson Gowland
Minor Role (uncredited)
Olga Grey
Laura Keene
D.W. Griffith
Himself (1931 reissue version) (uncredited)
Fred Hamer
Minor Role (uncredited)
Russell Hicks
Minor Role (uncredited)
Walter Huston
Himself (1931 reissue version) (uncredited)
Charles King
Undetermined Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Alberta Lee
Mrs. Lincoln
Elmo Lincoln
Blacksmith
Betty Marsh
Child with Dr. Cameron (uncredited)
Donna Montran
Belle of 1861 (uncredited)
Eugene Pallette
Union Soldier (uncredited)
Vester Pegg
Minor Role (uncredited)
Allan Sears
Klansman (uncredited)
Charles Stevens
Volunteer (uncredited)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan
Black Woman - Dr. Cameron's Taunter (uncredited)
George Walsh
Minor Role (uncredited)
Raoul Walsh
John Wilkes Booth
Jules White
Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Violet Wilkey
Flora Cameron as a Child
Tom Wilson
Stoneman's Servant
Mary Wynn
Minor Role (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
The film was made with only a single retake of a single scene, due to a continuity error involving Mae Marsh and the piece of cotton pinned to her shirt during the homecoming sequence.
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D.W. Griffith put boards underneath the feet of Joseph Henabery, who played Abraham Lincoln, during the Emancipation Proclamation scene to make the chair seem too small for the 6'4" President. Doing his own research, Henabery incorporated Lincoln's habit of sitting on his tailbone as well as wearing steel-rimmed glasses. Both touches delighted Griffith.
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The Ford's Theatre scene was filmed on an outdoor set.
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Goofs
The position and condition of the flag on the left-hand side of Lincoln's box at Ford's Theater varies between shots. In the first long shot after Elsie points out Booth, it is hanging downwards from the middle, whereas in the shots immediately before and after, it is shown draped across the front of the left-hand railing. Similarly, after Booth shoots Lincoln and jumps from the box, the flag falls to the left-hand side of the box and an audience member is later shown pulling it down twice.
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The position of the window in the small cabin changes.
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The South Carolina coastline does not have bluffs overlooking the ocean.
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Quotes
Mammy: [to a servant from the North, who attempts to make her carry his bags] You' northern lown down black trash, don't try no airs on me.
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intertitle: [Margaret cannot speak to Phil] Bitter memories will not allow the poor bruised heart of the South to forget. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No | Share this Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink Hide options intertitle: [Flora has jumped to her death to escape Gus] For her who had learned the stern lesson of honor we should not grieve that she found sweeter the opal gates of death. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No | Share this Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink Hide options intertitle: Dare we dream of a golden day when the bestial War shall rule n o more. But instead - the gentle Prince in the Hall of Brotherly Love in the City of Peace. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No | Share this Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink Hide options intertitle: [at end of film] Liberty and union, one and inseparable, now and forever! 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No | Share this Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink Hide options intertitle: [in the little cabin] The former enemies of North and South are united again in common defence of their Aryan birthright. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No | Share this Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink Hide options Flora Cameron: [letter to Ben] and you have really grown a moustache - oh my! I'm just dying, dying to see you. Well, I'm growing up too - they say I'm such a big girl now you wouldn't know me. XXXXXX Kisses Your little
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John Wilkes Booth: Sic semper tyrannis!
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Faq
Q
Wallace Reid---What Happened to Him?
A
Chicago American, Sunday, June 17, 1962:'WHY STARS GO BROKE'by Lee Belser**********************Silent film lover Wallace Reid went the same route. He became addicted to drugs after a head injury caused him to have violent headaches. He took narcotics to relieve the pain, but still managed to live high, wide and handsome. He was the life of numerous all-night parties and the darling of female fans everywhere. He died ill and impoverished before he was 30._____________________________________
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Photos from cast
Alma Rubens