One of the members of a suicide club learns he has inherited some money, but only after he drew the fatal lot and is expected to kill himself.

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This is a broad comedy subject, the theme of which we often encounter in the newspapers. A body of disgruntled grouches band together in view of shuffling off this mortal coil in a spectacular manner. With this object to the fore the Suicide Club of America holds its monthly meeting to select the next candidate for mortuary honors. Lots are drawn and Frank Fairmount picks the fatal card "23." The President then presents Frank with the necessary skidoo instruments, a pistol, a dagger, a bottle of poison and a rope, and wishes him success. Frank arrives home at the same time as a letter addressed to him which informs him that he has fallen heir to $50,000. Now to commit suicide under these conditions is out of the question. The members are very much upset by not seeing notice of Frank's demise in the newspaper, so they go in a body to ascertain the cause. Frank meets them with a paper to sign releasing him from his oath, but they indignantly refuse until he closes the door and turns on ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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3 May 1909 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with The Eavesdropper (1909). See more »

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Version of The Suicide Club (2000) See more »

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Re-working Robert Louis Stevenson
23 February 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

In this 4 minute short film, the 34 year old D.W. Griffith reworks Robert Louis Stevenson's novel by presenting a polemic against diversity. There was nothing to justify interest in the characters, but the Iris-in (vignette) was noticeable.


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