Over the Garden Wall (1919 film)

Over the Garden Wall is a lost[3] 1919 American silent romantic comedy[4][5] film produced and distributed by the Vitagraph Company of America. It was directed by David Smith, brother of one of the Vitagraph founders Albert E. Smith. The film stars Bessie Love.[6]

Over the Garden Wall
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Directed byDavid Smith
Produced byAlbert E. Smith
Written bySam Taylor
Based onOver the Garden Wall (novel)
by Millicent Evison
StarringBessie Love
CinematographyClyde De Vinna[1]
Distributed byVitagraph Company of America
Release date
  • September 21, 1919 (1919-09-21)
Running time
5 reels[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

At least five short films with this title were filmed before this production.[7]


When the poor Gordon family must move out of its house and into a small cottage, young Peggy Gordon (Love) becomes a gardener to earn money. Her wealthy neighbor falls in love her, after seeing her "over the garden wall" and through a tennis racket; but she mistakenly believes that he is a chauffeur. When her younger sister attempts to elope with a bad man, Peggy and her new beau successfully prevent this from happening, and her beau's wealthy identity is revealed.[2][8]



The film was generally well-received.[9]


  1. Love, Bessie (1977). From Hollywood with Love: An Autobiography of Bessie Love. London: Elm Tree Books. p. 150. OCLC 734075937.
  2. Reid, Laurence (September 27, 1919). "Over the Garden Wall: Simple Story Exudes Charm and Sentiment". Motion Picture News. p. 2659.
  3. "Over The Garden Wall / David Smith [motion picture]". Library of Congress.
  4. "Grand Theatre". The Press. LVI (16812). Christchurch, New Zealand. April 19, 1920. p. 1.
  5. "Lyric". Covington Republican. September 3, 1920. p. 5.
  6. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911–20 by The American Film Institute, c.1988
  7. The five shorts are:
  8. "Strand Theatre". The Shelby Beacon. 6 (31). Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. November 14, 1919. p. 3.
  9. Hartman, C.M. (December 13, 1919). "What the Picture Did for Me". Exhibitors Herald. Vol. 9 no. 25. p. 100. Good; many favorable comments

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