Mary Pickford Season: FD Cinematheque
Red Man’s View The (1909)
Director: D W Griffith
Cast: Mary Pickford, Alfred Paget, Kate Bruce, Charles Craig, Frank Evans, Edith Haldeman, Ruth Hart, Arthur V Johnson, James Kirkwood, Henry Lehrman, Owen Moore, George Nichols, Lottie Pickford, Mack Sennett, Dorothy West
D W Griffith
The Red Man’s View is a 1909 American Western film directed by D. W. Griffith and shot in New York state. Prints of the film exist in the film archives of the Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress.
According to the New York Dramatic Mirror, the film is about “the helpless Indian race as it has been forced to recede before the advancing white, and as such is full of poetic sentiment”.
According to Scott Simon, “the film’s title works out to mean “The Red Man’s Point of View”, and for all the film’s difficulty in making drama from a long, passive march, there’s nothing like The Red Man’s View in Hollywood until John Ford’s Cheyenne Autumn more than fifty years later”.
- Owen Moore as Silver Eagle
- James Kirkwood as Silver Eagle’s Father, the Tribal Spokesman
- Kate Bruce as Indian
- Charles Craig as Conqueror
- Frank Evans as Conqueror
- Edith Haldeman as Indian
- Ruth Hart as Indian
- Arthur V. Johnson as Conqueror
- Henry Lehrman as Conqueror
- W. Chrystie Miller as Indian
- George Nichols as Conqueror
- Anthony O’Sullivan as Conqueror
- Alfred Paget
- Lottie Pickford as Minnewanna
- Billy Quirk as Conqueror
- Mack Sennett as Conqueror
- Charles West as Conqueror
- Dorothy West as Indian
- “Progressive Silent Film List: The Red Man’s View”. Silent Era. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
- Thomas Cripps, Hollywood’s High Noon: Moviemaking and Society Before Television, JHU Press, 1997, p. 27
- Scott Simon, The Invention of the Western Film: A Cultural History of the Genre’s First, Cambridge University Press, 2003, p. 55-56