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The Lonedale Operator
Directed by D. W. Griffith
Produced by D. W. Griffith
Written by Mack Sennett
Starring Verner Clarges
Cinematography G. W. Bitzer
Release date(s) 23 March 1911
Running time 17 minutes (16 frame/s)
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Lonedale Operator is a 1911 short drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. A print of the film survives in the film archive of the Museum of Modern Art. [1]

A close-up of a wrench, from the climax of The Lonedale Operator.

Among other things, the film is significant for Griffith's use of a close-up 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.


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