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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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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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The Secret Prequel to The Shining
20 March 2012 | by (Glubdubdribb) – See all my reviews

This Griffith one-reeler is the first part of a prequel to Kubrick's The Shining.

What Drink Did narrates how Delbert Grady, the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, kills one of her two daughters under the effects of booze. Griffith did not have the time to complete his prequel project so we do not know how the second daughter died and when the two bodies got the ill treatment seen in The Shining.

Overall, a worthy effort from the master filmmaker of those early days of movies. What I most liked is the delicate way in which Griffith conveys a moral message, by no means spoon-fed to the audience. The extreme plausibility of the plot and the supremely realistic acting are certainly key elements in the brilliant success of this tale.


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