At the Altar

At the Altar is a 1909 American silent drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. The film was shot in Fort Lee, New Jersey where early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based at the beginning of the 20th century.[1][2][3][4] A print of this film is in the film archive of the Library of Congress.[5]

At the Altar
Directed byD. W. Griffith
Written byD. W. Griffith
StarringMarion Leonard
CinematographyG. W. Bitzer
Arthur Marvin
Distributed byBiograph Company
Release date
  • February 25, 1909 (1909-02-25)
Running time
11 minutes
CountryUnited States


A rejected admirer sets up a trap to kill his sweetheart and her fiance before they married and then commit suicide, but before he passes away, he leaves a confession. The confession is found on time and a police man runs to the church to save the couple.


See also


  1. Koszarski, Richard (2004), Fort Lee: The Film Town, Rome, Italy: John Libbey Publishing -CIC srl, ISBN 0-86196-653-8
  2. "Studios and Films". Fort Lee Film Commission. Archived from the original on April 5, 2011. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
  3. Fort Lee Film Commission (2006), Fort Lee Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 0-7385-4501-5
  4. Amith, Deninis (January 1, 2011). "Before there was Hollywood there was Fort Lee, NJ". J!-ENT.
  5. "Progressive Silent Film List: At the Altar". Silent Era. Archived from the original on July 20, 2008. Retrieved June 24, 2008.
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