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The Fatal Hour (1908)

 -  Short | Crime  -  18 August 1908 (USA)
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Pong Lee, a Mephistophelian, saffron-skinned varlet, has for some time carried on this atrocious female white slave traffic, in which sinister business he was assisted by a stygian whelp, ... See full summary »

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George Gebhardt ...
Hendricks
Harry Solter ...
Pong Lee
Linda Arvidson ...
Kidnapped Woman
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Florence Auer
Charles Gorman
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Policeman
Marion Leonard
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Anthony O'Sullivan ...
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Pong Lee, a Mephistophelian, saffron-skinned varlet, has for some time carried on this atrocious female white slave traffic, in which sinister business he was assisted by a stygian whelp, by name Hendricks. Pong writes Hendricks that he has need for five young girls, and so Hendricks sets out to secure them. Visiting a rural district, he has no trouble, by his glib, affable manner, in gaining the confidence of several young and pretty girls. Pong is on hand with a closed carriage to bag the prey. One of the girls, as she is seized, emits a yell that alarms the neighborhood and brings to the scene several policemen and a couple of detectives, who have long been on the lookout for these caitiffs. The Chinese get away with the carriage, however, and Hendricks by subterfuge throws the police on the wrong scent. One of the detectives is a woman, and possessed of shrewd powers of deduction, hence does not swallow the bald story of the villain, and exercises her natural acumen with success. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Little More Than a Minute
3 November 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Although this one-minute short from Griffith in his first year as a movie director is not very interesting to the modern eye -- the copy I viewed on Youtube was faded and may have been a cut-down -- it shows good composition thanks to Arthur Marvin's camera-work, and clearly shows that Griffith already knew how to cut for the purpose of telling a story.

There isn't much of a story, though. It is your basic melodramatic race-to-rescue-a-girl piece as the girl, who seems to have been tied up by Chinese abductors, probably for the White Slavery trade, is rescued by the police. Nonetheless, there is a nice variety of scenery, including a bit at a trolley-car stop, and nice intercutting of he police racing to her rescue.

Griffith would perfect and elaborate on the model for most of his career at Biograph. Here it is at the very beginning.


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