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Was Justice Served? (1909)

 |  Short, Drama  |  21 June 1909 (USA)
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An ex-con is accused of stealing a wallet, but the real thief happens to be on the jury and refuses to vote for a guilty verdict.



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Credited cast:
James Kirkwood ...
George Wallace
Gladys Egan ...
George Wallace's Daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ...
Verner Clarges
John R. Cumpson ...
Raymond Hatton ...
Juror (unconfirmed)
Arthur V. Johnson ...
David Miles ...
On Street
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
Frank Powell ...
Man Who Finds Wallet
Herbert Prior ...
Policeman / Bailiff
Billy Quirk ...
Guard / On Street / In Court
Harry Solter ...


George Wallace has just finished a term in prison, and, discarding the stripes for a civilian suit, he hurries to his home to be greeted by his wife, child and old mother. The meeting is most touching, the poor wife having, during his incarceration, eked a living for them by manual labor. Wallace decides to start a new life and leaves home in search of work. Armed with a newspaper, he looks up the employment offices advertised therein. During the course of his journey be brushes into a man who is returning to his pocket a well-filled wallet. The pocketbook falls to the ground and the parties pass on, ignorant of the occurrence. A moment later a chap passes the spot and grabbing up the wallet hurries from the scene taking a byway into another neighborhood. Reaching a lonely section of the street, he examines the find, takes the money and throws the wallet away. Now by a cruel trick of fate Wallace passes this way, picks up the purse and is examining it when the owner who has discovered... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A Prefiguration of 'Birth of the Nation'
3 March 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The 34 year old D.W. Griffith was inspired by plays like 'Quo Vadis', 'Last Days of Pompeii' and 'Les Miserables' when he directed this short film. He had in mind to do his own epic, and so therefore began a serialization of short films like this one that told the American story. During the making of this film, Mary Pickford managed to save up $1200, and told Griffith that she was going to be a star. As he had no point of reference in cinematic terms, he naturally thought she was referring to the stage. Griffith is a kind of cinematic Hogarth in the way that he paints pictures in his films.

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