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The Lonedale Operator is a 1911 short drama film
Drama film
A drama film is a film genre that depends mostly on in-depth development of realistic characters dealing with emotional themes. Dramatic themes such as alcoholism, drug addiction, infidelity, moral dilemmas, racial prejudice, religious intolerance, poverty, class divisions, violence against women...

 directed by D. W. Griffith
D. W. Griffith
David Llewelyn Wark Griffith was a premier pioneering American film director. He is best known as the director of the controversial and groundbreaking 1915 film The Birth of a Nation and the subsequent film Intolerance .Griffith's film The Birth of a Nation made pioneering use of advanced camera...

. A print of the film survives in the film archive of the Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
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 in New York City
New York City
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Among other things, the film is significant for Griffith's use of a close-up
In filmmaking, television production, still photography and the comic strip medium a close-up tightly frames a person or an object. Close-ups are one of the standard shots used regularly with medium shots and long shots . Close-ups display the most detail, but they do not include the broader scene...

 of a wrench, which a character had pretended was a gun. At the time of the film's release, close-ups were still uncommon. The Lonedale Operator illustrates Griffith's growing mastery of the medium.


  • Verner Clarges
    Verner Clarges
    Verner Clarges was an American actor of the silent era. He appeared in 62 films between 1909 and 1912.He died in New York, New York.-Selected filmography:* The Punishment * The Lonedale Operator...

     - In Payroll Office
  • Guy Hedlund - On Train
  • Jeanie Macpherson
    Jeanie MacPherson
    Jeanie MacPherson was a silent film actress from 1908 to 1917 and a film screenwriter through the 1940s....

     - In Payroll Office
  • W. C. Robinson
    W. C. Robinson
    W. C. Robinson was an American actor of the silent era. He appeared in 177 films between 1910 and 1932. He died in Maywood, California.-Selected filmography:* Daredevil Jack * Brute Force * Judith of Bethulia...

     - In Payroll Office
  • Edward Dillon - Telegrapher (uncredited)
  • Francis J. Grandon
    Francis J. Grandon
    Francis J. Grandon was an American silent film actor and director who acted in almost 100 films and directed over 100.-Selected filmography:...

     - The Engineer (uncredited)
  • Joseph Graybill
    Joseph Graybill
    Joseph Graybill was an American silent film actor. He appeared in several films directed by D.W. Griffith.Graybill joined the Biograph Company around 1909 in New York City. By 1910 Griffith was the main director...

     - A Tramp (uncredited)
  • Dell Henderson
    Dell Henderson
    George Delbert Henderson was a Canadian actor, director and writer in films from the early silent days.-Biography:Henderson was a frequent associate of film pioneer D.W. Griffith and, on a less prolific basis, Mack Sennett...

     - A Tramp (uncredited)
  • Wilfred Lucas
    Wilfred Lucas
    Wilfred Lucas was a Canadian stage and film actor, film director, and screenwriter.-Career:A native of Ontario, Canada, Lucas headed to New York City to work in the theater, making his Broadway acting debut in 1904 at the Savoy Theater in the production of The Superstition of Sue...

     - The Fireman (uncredited)
  • W. Chrystie Miller
    W. Chrystie Miller
    W. Chrystie Miller was an American silent film actor. He appeared in 139 films between 1908 and 1914. He was born in Dayton, Ohio and died in Staten Island, New York.-Selected filmography:...

     - In Station Lobby (uncredited)
  • George Nichols
    George Nichols (actor)
    George Nichols was an American actor and director. He appeared in 221 films between 1908 and 1928. He also directed 103 films between 1911 and 1916.He was born in Rockford, Illinois and died in Hollywood, California....

     - The Lonedale Operator (uncredited)
  • Blanche Sweet - Daughter of the Lonedale Operator (uncredited)
  • Charles West - Company Agent (uncredited)

See also

  • D. W. Griffith filmography
    D. W. Griffith filmography
    These are the films directed by the pioneering American filmmaker D. W. Griffith . According to the Internet Movie Database, he directed 534 films between 1908 and 1931.----...

  • Blanche Sweet filmography
    Blanche Sweet filmography
    This is the filmography for Blanche Sweet. According to the Internet Movie Database, Sweet appeared in 161 films between 1909 and 1959.----1909 - 1910 - 1911 - 1912 - 1913 - 1914 - 1915 - 1916 - 1917 - 1919 - Later films - References-----1909:...

  • Treasures from American Film Archives
    Treasures from American Film Archives
    The Treasures From American Film Archives series of DVDs is produced by the National Film Preservation Foundation , a nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress in 1997...