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Frank Powell (writer)
O. Henry (story)
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Release Date:
31 May 1909 (USA) See more »
A policeman faces a difficult decision when he finds out that his brother is a thief. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Kate Bruce ... Mrs. Jack Allen

Frank Powell ... Jack Allen

Owen Moore ... Bob Allen (their son)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Harron ... One of the children on the street

Arthur V. Johnson ... Man in store

Marion Leonard ... Woman in store

Violet Mersereau ... One of the children on the street

David Miles ... Proprietor

Mary Pickford ... One of the children on the street

Directed by
D.W. Griffith 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
O. Henry  story
Frank Powell  writer

Cinematography by
G.W. Bitzer 
Arthur Marvin 

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5 min
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Released as a split reel along with the comedy Eradicating Aunty (1909).See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Film Fun (1955)See more »


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Reworking O'Henry, 2 March 2004
Author: Single-Black-Male from London, England

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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