The Greatest Question

Directed by: D.W. Griffith, , USA, 1919

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Cast and Credits

Production David W. Griffith Productions
Director D.W. Griffith
Cast Eugenie Besserer
Josephine Crowell
George Fawcett
Lillian Gish
Ralph Graves
Robert Harron
George Nichols
Tom Wilson

Technical specifications
Technical Details: Format: 35 mm - Black and White,Length: 81 minutes, 5449 feet, 18 frames per second
Sound System: silent
Reviews in German: «By all odds, the most significant photoplay of our screen month was David Wark Griffith's "The Great Question," (First National). Not because it is a good screen drama. It isn't. But it has a tremendous idea buried beneath its melodrama.

A wave of interest in spiritualism has been sweeping the world since the days of the great war. Does after life exist? Can dear ones across the Great Beyond exert an influence over earthly destinies? What is the answer to the eternal problem of death? Griffith had all these questions in mind when he started to screen "The Great Question."

Then something happened. The exhibitor ­ that monster reared by producers themselves ­ stood menacingly upon the horizon. Would the exhibitor accept a stern and grim drama dealing with death and the spirit world? We can imagine Griffith meditating ­ and then giving way to the exhibitor and his beloved melodrama.

So the vital theme of "The Great Question" was carefully buried beneath "action" and "punch." It became the story of a little waif in the hands of a murderously brutal farmer couple, her love for a neighboring boy and the subsequent finding of oil ­ with its attendant avalanche of wealth. The whole is gilded with the philosophy that a simple faith meets and overcomes all obstacles.
Griffith came nearer giving the world another "Broken Blossoms" in "The Great Question" than in anything he has done since that epic of Limehouse. "The Great Question" might easily have been a notable contribution to screen thought. There is one big scene, where the spirit of a young sailor, lost from a submarine, comes home to his aged parents.

Lillian Gish and Bobbie Harron are the bucuolic lovers, but the best work is done by Eugenie Besserer as the bereaved mother and Tom Wilson as a lazy negro servitor.» (MOTION PICTURE CLASSIC (magazine) - February, 1920)

General Information

The Greatest Question is a motion picture produced in the year 1919 as a USA production. The Film was directed by D.W. Griffith, with George Nichols, George Fawcett, Eugenie Besserer, Robert Harron, Ralph Graves, in the leading parts. We have currently no synopsis of this picture on file;

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