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What Drink Did (1909)

 -  Short | Drama  -  3 June 1909 (USA)
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A man leaves his wife and two daughters for work in a carpentry shop. At work, he initially refuses a beer with lunch, then gives in. After work, two friends take a little while to convince... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
David Miles ...
Alfred Lucas
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Mrs. Alfred Lucas
Gladys Egan ...
One of the Lucas Children
Adele DeGarde ...
One of the Lucas Children
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ...
Workman
John R. Cumpson ...
Bartender
Flora Finch
Anita Hendrie ...
Extra
Arthur V. Johnson ...
Bartender
Owen Moore ...
Workman
George Nichols ...
Workman
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
Workman
Herbert Prior ...
Workman
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Workman
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A man leaves his wife and two daughters for work in a carpentry shop. At work, he initially refuses a beer with lunch, then gives in. After work, two friends take a little while to convince him to go for a refreshing malt beverage, then to have another and another. Meanwhile, the family waits. He arrives home late and abusive. The next day, hung over, he takes much less convincing to have the drinks; he's gone so long that his wife sends a daughter looking for him. She eventually finds him, can't convince him to return home, goes home, sees her mother's distress, and returns to the bar. This time, her father gets more abusive, a fight ensues, a shot is fired, and tragedy strikes. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Homogenous Table Fellowship
2 March 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This short film is a reflection of the type of people that the 34 year old D.W. Griffith feels are credible to be around. He's creating a world for himself: the Griffithiana community of players, saying to his audience that these are the type of people that you should invite round for dinner, rather than the marginalized. He paints a picture contrasting the mainstream with the poor, allowing them to sink into oblivion to advance the agenda of the fashionable. There is no real structure to this film, and doesn't even follow the convention of a short story. It has little to redeem it, and causes more division than actual entertainment.


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