Saved by Rover

Saved by Rover is a British film , directed by Lewin Fitzhamon , released in 1905 .


This film tells about the kidnapping of a baby from a good society by a beggar who wants to take revenge for a refusal of alms from the nurse, and its rescue by the dog of the family who leads by his flair the father to the galetas of the beggar.

Technical sheet

  • Original title: Rescued by Rover
  • French title: Sauvée par Rover
  • Scenario: Mrs Hepworth
  • Director: Lewin Fitzhamon
  • Production: Cecil Hepworth (Hepworth Manufacturinf Co)
  • Format: 35 mm, black and white, mute
  • Released: United Kingdom July 3, 1905 


  • Rover: Blair (a dog collar)
  • Nanny: May Clark
  • Father: Cecil Milton Hepworth
  • Mother: Mrs Hepworth
  • Baby: Barbara Hepworth


“Saved by Rover, the perfect dramatic pursuit of a dog snatching a little girl from her ravisher, was sold by hundreds of copies. These massive sales, which are the rule at Pathé, are exceptional on the other side of Channel 1 . ”

This theme of kidnapping will be in 1908 that of David Wark Griffith’s first film , The Adventures of Dollie .

Lewin Fitzhamon systematically uses dramatic action on the diagonal of the camera field (at least as far as exteriors are concerned), thus applying the principle of elongation of space to increase the time of the pursuit, a fundamental principle of filmmakers of the School of Brighton , who take up an aesthetic principle of photography, as Louis Lumière was following with talent , to make it a process of dramatic narrative.

The film, unlike the works of the time, is very cut: it has 22 shots for less than 5 minutes, an average of 13 seconds per shot. But “when Lewin Fitzhamon running indoors, for example in the attic of the beggar, cutting his impoverished 2 . ”

The success is such that the film “will be shot two more times, with identical plans, to allow the printing of several hundred copies at a time when we shot directly from the original negative that was getting tired quickly passages repeated in the machine 3 . ”


  1. ↑ Georges Sadoul , history of world cinema from its origins to today , Paris, Flammarion ,, 719  p. p.  46
  2. ↑ Marie-France Briselance and Jean-Claude Morin , film grammar , Paris, New World ,, 588  p. ( ISBN  978-2-84736-458-3 ) , p.  131
  3. ↑ Briselance and Morin 2010 , p.  131

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