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Antonine, a worthless, good-for-nothing scoundrel, demands money of his cousin Galora, an energetic, provident husband and father. His demands are met with a positive rebuff, and when he ... See full summary »

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Antonine, a worthless, good-for-nothing scoundrel, demands money of his cousin Galora, an energetic, provident husband and father. His demands are met with a positive rebuff, and when he becomes insistent be is forcibly ejected by Galora. As he leaves the tenement he vows to get even, and lies in wait until Galora has gone out on business. Climbing to the fifth floor, on which the Galoras live, he watches his chance, which comes when Mrs. Galora goes for an instant to visit a neighbor on the same floor. Darting into the apartment and raising the window he perceives the awful result of a drop to the ground, five stories below, and so evolves a plan that is dastardly in the extreme. Taking the infant child from the cradle, and placing it in a basket he lets it out with a short rope, the end of which he secures by letting the sash down on it, so that to raise the window would precipitate the baby to destruction. Not content with this he follows Galora and would have killed him were it ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Two By Griffith
28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Cord of Life, The (1909)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Extremely intense film from D.W. Griffith. A man goes to a friend to borrow money but the friend refuses so the man takes his young baby and hangs it from a cord outside of five story building. Griffith does a great job building suspense from the very opening scene and the stunts at the end make for a wonderful climax.

Curtain Pole, The (1909)

** (out of 4)

Screwball comedy from D.W. Griffith features Mack Sennett who was a major influence on Chaplin and some of that can be seen here. A man (Sennett) accidentally breaks a curtain pole and must try to find a replacement, which starts all sorts of mishaps. I guess movie crowds back then loved big chases because every comedy from this era seems to have one. Sennett is worth watching but not too much here.


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