Rescued from an Eagle’s Nest (1908)

Article #805 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-29-2003
Posting Date: 10-16-2003
Directed by J. Searle Dawley
Featuring Henry B. Walthall, D.W. Griffith

A woodsman saves his child from the clutches of an eagle.

Title check: Let’s put it this way; they either had to call it that or D.W. GRIFFITH WRESTLES A TURKEY.

The eagle is played by a stuffed bird from a taxidermist shop with movable wings. That this pathetic little critter could haul off a baby (who looks more puzzled than scared) is about the only fantastic premise I could find in this silent short. Fifty years later we would see people running and screaming from a Mexican bird puppet in THE GIANT CLAW, which just shows that history repeats itself. And yes, that is D.W. Griffith himself as the woodsman. Once again, this is another review that took longer to write than it took me to watch the movie. Is this an efficient use of my time?


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