D. W. Griffith
American film director
D. W. Griffith
David Llewelyn Wark "D. W. " Griffith was a premier pioneering American film director. He is best known as the director of the epic 1915 film The Birth of a Nation and the subsequent film Intolerance (1916). Griffith's film The Birth of a Nation made pioneering use of advanced camera and narrative techniques, and its immense popularity set the stage for the dominance of the feature-length film in the United States.
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Briefs: Olive Festival is today - Corning Observer
Google News - over 5 years
offered from 7:30-9 am Thursday, Sept. 2. There is no cost to members of the Tehama County Employer Advisory Council, nonmember fee is $20. Guest speaker Robert D. Griffith directs Nystrom & Company LLP's forensic auditing practice and will speak on
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Briefs: Farmer's Market's last Friday - Corning Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Guest speaker Robert D. Griffith directs Nystrom & Company LLP's forensic auditing practice and will speak on fraud, and risk and prevention factors surrounding embezzlement. To RSVP, contact Kathy Garcia at 529-7000 or email kgarica@ncen.org
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Harvey Griffith Jr. - The Star Democrat
Google News - over 5 years
Born June 6, 1967, in Easton, Mr. Griffith was the son of the late Harvey D. Griffith Sr. and Gertrude Frances Mitchell Griffith. He grew up in Denton and attended Caroline County Public Schools. He and his family lived in Harrington, Del.,
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Wanted Houston man found dead - WGMD Radio
Google News - over 5 years
Houston-Delaware State Troopers Tuesday August 16th recovered the body of Harvey D. Griffith Jr-44 of Houston Delaware. Griffith was wanted for charges related to a domestic disturbance and aggravated menacing of Law Enforcement Officers
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Mahoning Coutny Court filings - Youngstown Vindicator
Google News - over 5 years
Richard d. Griffith Jr., 30, of 255 E. Judson #2, Youngstown, and Taylor M. Huddleston, 29, of same. Jason A. Sisler, 26, of 4523 Deer Creek Court #10, Austintown, and Brandy T. Tatar, 25, of 1362 Broadway St., Masury. Brian M. Milo, 28, of 433 Wesley
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Houston man sought on charges of domestic disturbance, aggravated menacing of ... - Sussex Countian
Google News - over 5 years
An arrest warrant has been issued for Harvey D. Griffith Jr., 44, on charges of aggravated menacing, harassment, disregarding a police officer signal and gun possession. The alleged incident began at about 7 pm Tuesday at Griffith's home on Broad
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Aug 10, 2011 posted by: Kelli Steele - WGMD News - WGMD Radio
Google News - over 5 years
Houston-Delaware State Police are searching for Harvey D. Griffith Jr-44 of Houston Delaware following a domestic disturbance and Aggravated Menacing of 3 Law Enforcement Officers. The incident initially began on the unit block of Broad Street Houston
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Ballina issue a reminder - Mayo News
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B English; B Fahy, V Walsh, J Broderick; D Griffith, A Feeley, P Ring; B Gallagher, L Feeley (0-2); Shane Prendergast (0-1), Seán Prendergast, R Quirke; J Shaughnessy (0-2, 1f), G Brady, D Feeley. Subs used: D Egan for Walsh; C Griffith for Brady;
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Real estate transfers - Rome Sentinel
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Vienna, 1606 Park Ave., Roger D. Griffith to Jonathan Simonetta and Suzanne Simonetta Schwartz, $225000. Western, Mullen Hill Road, Carrie L. Marcinkowski to Jason Kerr and Janet M. Suleski, $25000. Western, Whaley Road, Robert L. Taylor Jr. and Nancy
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No winner after derby day duel - Mayo News
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A McCallig; J Broderick, P Navin, B Fahy; P Ring, G Mullins, A Feeley; B Gallagher, L Feeley; J Shaughnessy (0-5, 2f), S Prendergast (0-4, 3f), D Griffith (0-1); D Feeley (0-1), G Brady (0-3, 1f), J Hutton. Subs used: R Quirke for G Brady (37 mins,
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Police arrest two men for Houston home invasion - Oye! Times
Google News - over 5 years
Senior Police Officer D. Griffith, who discharged his duty weapon, was not injured in the incident. He is assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division and was sworn in as an officer in May 1991. HPD Homicide Division Sergeants B. Harris and R. Rohling
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Two suspects arrested in south Houston home invasion - Houston Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
The officer who was fired upon, D. Griffith, was not injured. Police said two officers were flagged down by a resident in the 4500 block of Bricker and told about the home invasion. The officers quickly realized they were watching the attack at the
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'No foul play' suspected in Auburn death investigation - WRBL
Google News - over 5 years
The 46-year-old woman, identified as Karen D. Griffith, who resided at the address was transported to East Alabama Medical Center by ambulance where she was pronounced dead at 10:00 pm No foul play is suspected and an autopsy is planned
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Transactions for May 22, 2011 - Reading Eagle
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Tinamarie Jamison to John D. Griffith, 15 Brentwood Drive. Robert N. Thomas to Capital Property Investments LP, 210 Longview Drive, $140000. Mary F. Spitalnick to Mary F. Clark, 2306 Lasalle Drive. Reserve at Springton LP and Reserve at Springton Inc
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The Fruits of Target's Wooing
NYTimes - over 6 years
Target's first Manhattan store opened late last month in Harlem with great fanfare. The chain's mascot, a miniature bull terrier, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Miss New York, Doug E. Fresh and Jerry Seinfeld attended a pre-party. Crowds lined up outside the store, the largest single investment the company has made in any of
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IN THE GARDEN; Nature in Full Glory, In Words and Art
NYTimes - about 8 years
A GOOD garden book is all the more precious at a time when even gardeners spend too much time at the computer, and my favorites of those published this year range from art books to works about design, building with stone and the meaning of the garden itself. ''Flower'' (Artisan, $35), with photographs by Christopher Beane and text by Anthony F.
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A NATION CHALLENGED: PORTRAITS OF GRIEF: THE VICTIMS; Lives Remembered, by the Families and Friends Who Shared Them
NYTimes - over 15 years
The official number of bodies found in the destruction of the World Trade Center stood at 276 yesterday, and the city medical examiner had identified 206. In all, 6,453 could be missing. Here are glimpses of some of those lives. DARREN BOHAN Banjos and Big Dreams Like so many New Yorkers, there was more to Darren Bohan than met the eye. By day he
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The Death of the Critic
NYTimes - over 16 years
To the Editor: I disagree with Perry Meisel's assertion, in his essay ''Let a Hundred Isms Blossom'' (May 28), that ''literary study in America has never been in better shape.'' As a graduate student at N.Y.U., I felt anything but liberated. Although the literary criticism of the ''old boys'' excluded the perspectives of women, minorities and poor
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WEDDINGS; Melanie Frager, Jason D. Griffith
NYTimes - over 22 years
Melanie Frager, the daughter of Morag M. Frager of Sarasota, Fla., and the late Malcolm Frager, is to be married today to Jason Daniel Griffith, a son of Karen Griffith of Dublin, Ohio, and Daniel Griffith of Poland, Ohio. John Stuart Smith, a friend of the couple, was appointed by Gov. William F. Weld of Massachusetts to perform the ceremony at
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of D. W. Griffith
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1948
    Age 73
    On the morning of July 23, 1948, Griffith was discovered unconscious in the lobby at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Los Angeles, where he had been living alone.
    More Details Hide Details He died of a cerebral hemorrhage at 3:42 PM on the way to a Hollywood hospital. A large public service was held in his honor at the Hollywood Masonic Temple, but few stars came to pay their last respects. He is buried at Mount Tabor Methodist Church Graveyard in Centerfield, Kentucky. In 1950, The Directors Guild of America provided a stone and bronze monument for his gravesite. Motion picture legend Charlie Chaplin called Griffith "The Teacher of us All". This sentiment was widely shared. Filmmakers such as John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock Orson Welles, Lev Kuleshov, Jean Renoir, Cecil B. DeMille, King Vidor, Victor Fleming, Raoul Walsh, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Sergei Eisenstein and Stanley Kubrick have spoken of their respect for the director of Intolerance. Orson Welles said "I have never really hated Hollywood except for its treatment of D. W. Griffith. No town, no industry, no profession, no art form owes so much to a single man."
  • 1946
    Age 71
    In 1946, he made an impromptu visit to the film location of David O. Selznick's epic western Duel in the Sun, where some of his veteran actors, Lillian Gish, Lionel Barrymore and Harry Carey, were cast members.
    More Details Hide Details Gish and Barrymore found their old mentor's presence distracting and became self-conscious. While the two were filming their scenes, Griffith hid behind set scenery.
  • 1939
    Age 64
    When Roach advertised the film in late 1939 with Griffith listed as producer, Griffith asked that his name be removed.
    More Details Hide Details Mostly forgotten by movie-goers of the time, Griffith was held in awe by many in the film industry. In the mid-1930s, he was given a special Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    In 1939, the producer Hal Roach hired Griffith to produce Of Mice and Men (1939) and One Million B.C. (1940).
    More Details Hide Details He wrote to Griffith: "I need help from the production side to select the proper writers, cast, etc. and to help me generally in the supervision of these pictures." Although Griffith eventually disagreed with Roach over the production and parted, Roach later insisted that some of the scenes in the completed film were directed by Griffith. This would make the film the final production in which Griffith was actively involved. But, cast members' accounts recall Griffith directing only the screen tests and costume tests.
  • 1936
    Age 61
    In 1936, director Woody Van Dyke, who had worked as Griffith's apprentice on Intolerance, asked Griffith to help him shoot the famous earthquake sequence for San Francisco, but did not give him any film credit.
    More Details Hide Details Starring Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald and Spencer Tracy, it was the top-grossing film of the year.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1915
    Age 40
    He was also a producer on the 1915 film Martyrs of the Alamo.
    More Details Hide Details Though United Artists survived as a company, Griffith's association with it was short-lived. While some of his later films did well at the box office, commercial success often eluded him. Griffith features from this period include Broken Blossoms (1919), Way Down East (1920), Orphans of the Storm (1921), Dream Street (1921), One Exciting Night (1922) and America (1924). Of these, the first three were successes at the box office. Griffith was forced to leave United Artists after Isn't Life Wonderful (1924) failed at the box office. He made a part-talkie, Lady of the Pavements (1929), and only two full-sound films, Abraham Lincoln (1930) and The Struggle (1931). Neither was successful, and after The Struggle he never made another film.
  • 1908
    Age 33
    In 1908, Biograph's main director Wallace McCutcheon grew ill, and his son, Wallace McCutcheon, Jr., took his place.
    More Details Hide Details McCutcheon, Jr., however, was not able to bring the studio any success. As a result, Biograph co-founder, Henry "Harry" Marvin, decided to give Griffith the position; and the young man made his first short movie for the company, The Adventures of Dollie. Griffith would end up directing forty-eight shorts for the company that year. His short In Old California (1910) was the first film shot in Hollywood, California. Four years later he produced and directed his first feature film Judith of Bethulia (1914), one of the earliest to be produced in the United States. At the time, Biograph believed that longer features were not viable. According to actress Lillian Gish, the company thought that "a movie that long would hurt audience's eyes". Because of company resistance to his goals, and his cost overruns on the film (it cost $30,000 to produce), Griffith left Biograph. He took his stock company of actors with him and joined the Mutual Film Corporation. He formed a studio with the Majestic Studio manager Harry Aitken; it became known as Reliance-Majestic Studios (and was later renamed Fine Arts Studio). His new production company became an autonomous production unit partner in Triangle Film Corporation along with Thomas Ince and Keystone Studios' Mack Sennett; the Triangle Film Corporation was headed by Griffith's partner Harry Aitken, who was released from the Mutual Film Corporation, and his brother Roy.
    In 1908, Griffith accepted a role as a stage extra in Professional Jealousy for the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, commonly known as Biograph, where he would meet his future, favorite cameraman, G. W. "Billy" Bitzer.
    More Details Hide Details At Biograph, Griffith's career in the film industry would change forever.
  • 1907
    Age 32
    A year earlier, in 1907, Griffith, still struggling as a playwright, traveled to New York in an attempt to sell a script to Edison Studios producer Edwin Porter.
    More Details Hide Details Porter rejected Griffith's script, but gave him an acting part in Rescued from an Eagle's Nest instead. Finding this attractive, Griffith began to explore a career as an actor in the motion picture business.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1875
    Age 0
    Born on January 22, 1875.
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