Fugitive (1910)

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Long before his epic Birth of a Nation, D.W.Griffith was turning out such one-reel Biograph Civil War melodramas as The Fugitive. The story focuses on two soldiers, one a Yankee, the other a Confederate. When the Yank shoots down the Southerner, he is targeted for arrest and execution. Ironically, he is saved by the mother of the man he has killed. As was customary in Griffith's Civil War films, there were no heroes or villains: the "heavy" of the piece was the War itself. Dorothy Davenport and Eddie Dillon were among the featured players, in The Fugitive, which was partially lensed on location in Fishkill, New York.