The Children's Friend (1909)

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This 386-foot-long D.W. Griffith production was released by Biograph on the same reel as Griffith's 587-foot comedy Getting Even. The film was described by its studio as "a Contemner Child-Centered Comedy," which turned out to be a matter of opinion. A group of six youngsters spend a day at the beach. As the sun goes down, three of the kids begin heading home, but the rest get stuck in a sandpit on shore. The children try to extricate themselves from their dilemma, only to continually tumble back down on their little bottoms. The fortuitous arrival of a carrier pigeon enable the kiddies to alert their anxious parents to their plight. Like its companion feature, The Children's Friend was filmed on location at Edgewater, New Jersey.



child, rescue, stranded