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Twin Brothers (1909)

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Twin brothers are separated for many years. One of them takes a job in a cheap circus where he wears a gorilla suit. He is forced to enter a lion's cage, but is relieved to see that the 'lion' is his long-lost brother.


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Credited cast:
David Miles ...
Arthur V. Johnson ...
Herbert Prior ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ...
Charles Avery ...
John R. Cumpson ...
Adele DeGarde ...
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Two boys, twins, leave the old homestead to seek their fortune in the world. They go divergent roads, and are soon widely separated one from the other, but they grow lonesome and try to find each other's whereabouts, without success. We lose sight of Bill and Dick is seen up against it good and hard. For him the future looks like a chalk ring on a blackboard, until he happens to saunter along the Bowery, where the manager of a dime museum offers him a job to play the gorilla. It looks good so he accepts. It is pretty sort until the astute impresario decides to pull off an innovation: that is, a gorilla and lion in the same cage. Of course Dick objects most strenuously to this arrangement, but his objections are quailed with a treacherous looking run, so he is forced to share the same menagerie hallroom with the lion. Now the lion is as frightened at the gorilla as the gorilla is at the lion, for they are both fakes. On discovering each other's harmlessness they both decide to mutiny, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy





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26 April 1909 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with Lucky Jim (1909). See more »

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Separatist Characters
16 February 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The one consistent trait that runs through all of D.W. Griffith's characters is that they see themselves as superior to the lower orders of society. However, it is admirable that the 34 year old Griffith is improving the director by stretching their ability to tell a story.

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