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Rescued by Rover (1905)

Not Rated | | Short, Crime, Drama | 19 August 1905 (USA)
A dog leads its master to his kidnapped baby.


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Credited cast:
Blair Blair ... Rover the dog
May Clark ... Nursemaid (as Mabel Clark)
Barbara Hepworth Barbara Hepworth ... The baby
Cecil M. Hepworth ... Harassed father (as Cecil Hepworth)
Mrs. Hepworth Mrs. Hepworth ... Mother


Rescued by Rover is a film about a dog. Not only is it a film about a dog it is also a film about the kidnaping of a young baby by an old woman. With these two classical Hollywood ingredients and some stunning dialogue, (It's silent!), Rescued by Rover really hits a nerve. The repeated shots provide some interest in what, surprisingly, is an entertaining example of early cinema, canine heroics and a man wearing mascara. Written by Paul Lancaster <pbl1@ukc.ac.uk>

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Short | Crime | Drama | Family


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The film was so successful that the company had to make two shot-by-shot remakes to compensate for the negatives wearing out. See more »

Alternate Versions

According to "The Oxford History of World Cinema" this movie was so successful that Hepworth had to remake it twice to supply enough prints to meet demand. All with the same narrative, the original version is differentiable from the remakes via the scene where the nurse tells her boss that she lost the child. The original breaks the scene into two shots - the second shot being from a closer position. The two remakes contain only one shot, from the closer position, in that scene. One of the remakes is what is shown on the third volume of "The Movies Begin" series. See more »


Featured in Silent Britain (2006) See more »

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Interesting for the technique, the manner of story telling and the way the Hepworth family dog is very effective in a key role
21 April 2007 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

A young woman is out for a walk in the park when a young man distracts her and allows another woman to nip in and kidnap the baby without being seen. The mother is distraught when she learns of this crime but it appears the baby is lost forever. However faithful family dog Rover sets out to see if he can't locate the tot.

Not great as a story, this film is mostly of interest because of its age and the techniques that must still have been in their infancy at this time. Rather than a static shot of an event, this film tells a dramatic story (albeit in a very simple fashion) and features multiple shots running together over time and space to do it. Yes, of course this is now such a familiar thing that to point it out seems stupid but there we have it – it is relevant. The also quite impressed me in the acting of the dog (who was actually called Blair, I don't care what the IMDb credits say). The DVD gave me the impression that this was merely the Hepworth family pet (they are also in the film themselves) but it does very well with the action and moves on cue but not in a mechanical way that over-trained dogs sometimes do. The reason for this is that the crew set out sausages for him and, where he breaks down one door after another it is because he hasn't found any so moves on! Interesting then for the technique, the manner of story telling and the way the Hepworth family dog is very effective in a key role.

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Release Date:

19 August 1905 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Resgate de Rover See more »

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Production Co:

Hepworth See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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