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His Duty (1909)

 -  Drama | Short  -  31 May 1909 (USA)
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A policeman faces a difficult decision when he finds out that his brother is a thief.



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Credited cast:
Kate Bruce ...
Mrs. Jack Allen
Frank Powell ...
Jack Allen
Owen Moore ...
Bob Allen (their son)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
One of the children on the street
Arthur V. Johnson ...
Man in store
Marion Leonard ...
Womanin store
One of the children on the street
David Miles ...
One of the children on the street


A policeman faces a difficult decision when he finds out that his brother is a thief.

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Drama | Short





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Released as a split reel along with the comedy Eradicating Aunty (1909). See more »

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Reworking O'Henry
2 March 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This reconstruction of O'Henry's work is an attempt to sketch the 34 year old D.W. Griffith's own ambitious project which will be fully realised in 'The Birth of a Nation'. He rearranges O'Henry's source of information to fit his own programme. It is an argumentative self-defence of the continuity of the settling community in America, told from Griffith's point of view rather than O'Henry's. He defines the national boundaries of the nation, demonising the marginalized in the process. He even has characters dressed up in minstrelsy just because he couldn't be bothered to hire an ethnic actor.

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