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In the Watches of the Night (1909)

An honest worker, John Whitney, finds himself unemployed and unable to provide for his family. Desperate, he robs a rich man's home and is arrested. One of the police officers is an old ... See full summary »

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Henry Brainard
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John Whitney
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The Whitney Child
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An honest worker, John Whitney, finds himself unemployed and unable to provide for his family. Desperate, he robs a rich man's home and is arrested. One of the police officers is an old friend and accompanies Whitney home to allow a farewell with his wife. Humiliated, Whitney decides to kill himself and his family. The rich man learns of his desperate situation and arrives in time to save the family and drops the charges. Written by Anonymous

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25 October 1909 (USA)  »

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The Flashback
16 January 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

During the silent period, historical dramas were presented through the flashback. The 34 year old D.W. Griffith exploited this window to the past in this short film where he uses the flashback as backstory. By the time we reached the talking film era, historical narrative no longer needed the flashback.


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