|Title ID||8409||Collection ID||1189|
|Title||The Dog Outwits the Kidnapper|
|Theme||Early film in the South East Family life|
|Keywords||Animals Cars Children Motor Vehicles|
|Format||Black & White Silent|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
A collie drives a baby back to her home in this 1908 Cecil Hepworth production.
A collie appears to be driving a car. In the car is a young girl, dressed in white bonnet and dress. The motorcar pulls up outside a drive before the dog retrieves the baby's mother [?], who takes the child inside. In a middle-distance shot, dog and baby are seen in the car once more, the collie pawing at the steering wheel.
As in Fitzhamon's earlier film Rescued by Rover (1905) Hepworth's daughter Barbara plays the little girl, and Rover is played by the family dog Blair.
Hepworth and Co. was renamed the Hepworth Manufacturing Company in 1904. Hepworth stopped directing films, handing over responsibility to others such as Fitzhamon, who had taken over as 'Stage Manager' from Percy Stow. Stow had left to form the Clarendon Film Company. Fitzhamon left Hepworth in 1912 to form Fitz Films, but not before he had directed hundreds of films, including That Fatal Sneeze (1907).