D. W. Griffith, Inc.

The D. W. Griffith House is a historic building in La Grange, Kentucky in the United States. It was owned by movie director D. W. Griffith, who rose to fame with his movies Birth of a Nation and Intolerance.

The house was originally constructed in 1905 as a home for a Charles and Sue Smith, but it later became a funeral parlor. Griffith bought it as a residence for his mother Mary in 1913, who lived there until her death a year later. Afterward, Griffith's sister Ruth lived there until she died in 1934; then Griffith's brother and his family lived in the house. After D. W. Griffith married his second wife, they moved to the home in 1936, staying there until 1939 when Griffith went to California to work on a film. Griffith sold the house in 1940, but his niece lived there until 1950, when it was sold once again to be made into apartments. Griffith never returned to the area, not even to receive the honorary doctorate in literature the University of Louisville gave him in 1945. New owners in 1974 returned the house to a more home-like use.

Griffith had always considered La Grange his hometown, having spent his boyhood at a nearby farm until his mother had to sell it for debts left after his father died, and even signed in hotel registers as being from the town, no matter where he was actually living at the time. When Griffith died, as according to his will, his remains were returned to Oldham County and buried eight miles (13 km) south of La Grange in Mount Tabor Cemetery, Centerfield, Kentucky, where his family had a plot.

The house today remains privately owned, but is considered a historic attraction. The current owners have lived there since 1983. Several items related to Griffith furnish the house. At the end of the sidewalk by the house one can still see the signature Griffith made in the concrete.

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1932

Roles Represented in DAHR: Motion picture production company

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 38 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MVE-70886 16-in. 10/27/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with dubbed recording Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-70886 35mm film 10/27/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack Motion picture production company  
Victor MVE-70887 16-in. 10/27/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with dubbed recordings Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-70887 35mm film 10/27/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack Motion picture production company  
Victor MVE-70888 16-in. 10/27/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Film to wax transfer Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-70888 35mm film 10/27/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack Motion picture production company  
Victor MVE-70889 16-in. 10/28/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with dubbed recording Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-70889 35mm film 10/28/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack Motion picture production company  
Victor MVE-70890 16-in. 10/28/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Film to wax transfer Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-70890 35mm film 10/28/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack Motion picture production company  
Victor MVE-70891 16-in. 10/28/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Film to wax transfer Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-70891 35mm film 10/28/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-71056 35mm film 11/8/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with dubbed recording Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-71057 35mm film 11/8/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with dubbed recordings Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-71058 35mm film 11/8/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-71059 35mm film 11/8/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with dubbed recording Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-71060 35mm film 11/8/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-71061 35mm film 11/8/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-71062 35mm film 11/9/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with dubbed reocrding Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-71063 35mm film 11/9/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-71064 35mm film 11/10/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with female vocal solo and organ Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-71065 35mm film 11/9/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack Motion picture production company  
Victor FVE-71066 35mm film 11/10/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack Motion picture production company  
Victor CVE-71066 12-in. 11/10/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack Motion picture production company  
Victor CVE-71532 12-in. 2/15/1932 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Film to wax transfer Motion picture production company  
(Results 1-25 of 38 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "D. W. Griffith, Inc.," accessed October 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106705.

D. W. Griffith, Inc.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106705.

"D. W. Griffith, Inc.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 October 2021.

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