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Barnaby Lee
Director: Edward H. Griffith (Dir)
Release Date:   1917
Duration (in reels):   4
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Cast:   John Tansey (Barnaby Lee)  
    Sam Niblack (Harry Lee)  
    Hugh Thompson (John King)  
    Charles Edwards (Philip Calvert)  
    William Wadsworth (Gunner Kregier)  
    John Ridgeway (The Schout Fiskaal)  
    Norbert Wicke (Mynheer Van Sweringen)  
    Peggy Adams (Dorothy Van Sweringen)  
    Jessie Stevens (Mevrouw Barbara Van Sweringen)  
    Joseph Burke (Peter Stuyvesant)  
    Alexander Rene (Charles Calvert)  

Summary: In 1644, as rebels are hanged by the British after their war with Scotland, Barnaby Lee and his father sail for America, but their ship is captured by pirates and Barnaby is led to believe that his father has been killed. At the Hudson River, the ship is stopped by the sheriff of New Amsterdam, Mynheer Van Sweringen, and ordered to leave, but the pirates continue in the boat toward a trading point. Barnaby escapes and meets the sheriff's daughter Dorothy, but he is not allowed to enter the city because of his British ancestry. After an investigation reveals that the leader of the pirates is the brother of the governor of Maryland, and that Barnaby's father, who was not killed but taken prisoner, owns an estate in Maryland, Barnaby invites Dorothy and her family to Maryland to live in his new home. 

Production Company: Thomas A Edison, Inc.  
Director: Edward H. Griffith (Dir)
Writer: E. Clement D'Art (Scen)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the short story "Barnaby Lee" by John Bennett in St. Nicholas Magazine (Nov 1900--Apr 1902).
Authors: John Bennett

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Historical
Subjects (Major): Exiles
  Great Britain--History--17th century
  New York City--History
  United States--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Subjects (Minor): Brothers
  Fathers and sons
  Hudson River (NY)
  Missing persons, Assumed dead

Note: The only information located concerning this film was from the George Kleine Papers. It was included in a list of "Edison Unreleased Subjects," and a note from 1925 mentioned that it was never nationally released, although it had some distribution. The film was probably produced in 1917, as a title sheet is dated 15 Jun 1917.  

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