Title ID 8409Collection ID1189
TitleThe Dog Outwits the Kidnapper
CollectionEarly Films
ThemeEarly film in the South East Family life
KeywordsAnimals Cars Children Motor Vehicles
RegionalBrighton and Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCecil Hepworth
DirectorCecil Hepworth
CastBarbara Hepworth (little girl)
FormatBlack & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright 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.

Contextual information

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).

Related titles

Related resources


Hepworth, Cecil. Came the Dawn: Memories of a Film Pioneer n.p. London: Phoenix House

Date: 1951 Autobiography by Cecil Hepworth.

Barnes, John. The Beginnings of the Cinema in England 1894-1901. Five Volumes, n.p. University of Exeter Press

Date: 1996-1998 All five volumes of John Barnes’s archaeological study of early cinema charts its development between 1894 and 1901. Barnes founded the Barnes Museum of Cinematography with his brother William in the 1960s. The collection provided primary material for Barnes’s study of early cinema.

Low, Rachael. The History of the British Film 1906-1914. n.p. London: Allen and Unwin

Date: 1973 Volumes 1-4 contain material on Hepworth and his films.

Gifford, Denis. “Fitz: The Old Man of the Screen.” in Charles Barr (ed.) All Our Yesterdays

Date: 1986


BFI National Archive, British Film Institute, London

Holds copies of many Hepworth films.

Further Information on File at Screen Archive South East

BFI copy kept on file SASE 950000.


BFI Screenonline: Cecil Hepworth

BFI resource providing biographical overview and film synopses.

BFI Screenonline: Lewin Fitzhamon

BFI resource providing biographical overview and film synopses.

BFI Screenonline: Percy Stow

BFI resource providing biographical overview and film synopses.

Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema: Cecil Hepworth

Provides biographical overview and further reading.

Hepworth Films

Website dedicated to the life and work of Cecil Hepworth, includes information on his ‘film stars’, such as Alma Taylor and Chrissie White.