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As a judge passes sentence on a man, a gypsy woman in the audience vehemently protests, and she has to be physically removed from the courtroom. Soon afterwards, the judge returns home, and enjoys some time with his wife and child. But all the while, the gypsy woman is watching him closely, and is plotting a cruel revenge. Written by Snow Leopard

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Revenge of the Gypsy
6 November 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

On Christmas Eve, Judge Harry Solter "throws the book" at gypsy George Gebhardt; the convicted man's wife, Marion Lenard, delivers a furious protest, and is hauled out of the court. Later, the gypsy woman trails Judge Solter to his home, seeking revenge. Home, the Judge and wife Florence Lawrence are preoccupied with Christmas -- he is sneaking around a packaged frock for her; and, she has wrapped a rifle for him. Little Gladys Egan, their daughter, is (presumably) looking forward to the arrival of Santa Claus; instead, Gypsy Lenard climbs in through the window, ready to enact her terrifying revenge…

Director D.W. Griffith's 1908 Christmas gift to filmgoers doesn't quite deliver the goods; though, the final scene captures the spirit of the season. Mainly, "An Awful Moment" climaxes with an often filmed set-up involving: a bound and gagged woman, a gun, and a string. In this film, the awful moment isn't very suspenseful. Probably due to camera and budget restrictions, it's not very clear how a rescue is to be achieved; additionally, you have to assume this family takes some heavy sleeping potion -- little Gladys is an especially heavy Christmas Eve sleeper!


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