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The Usurer (1910)

 -  Drama | Short  -  15 August 1910 (USA)
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A wealthy, callous moneylender finds a terrifying way to learn about money's limitations.

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Credited cast:
George Nichols ...
Grace Henderson ...
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H. Ryker, the Usurer
Edward Dillon ...
Bill Collector
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
Bill Collector
Alfred Paget ...
Bill Collector
Kate Bruce ...
One of the First Debtors
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Henry B. Walthall ...
One of the Second Debtors
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Despairing Mother / One of the Third Debtors
Gladys Egan ...
Child of Despairing Mother / One of the Third Debtors
Dell Henderson ...
Guy Hedlund ...
Second Mover / At Luncheon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ...
Florence Barker
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A wealthy moneylender instructs his collectors to foreclose on the property of every debtor who is behind on his or her payments. Many families are affected by this decision, in some cases with tragic results. But the moneylender is unconcerned, and he ignores their pleas while he enjoys showing off his wealth. But when he is accidentally locked inside his office's valuables vault one evening, he realizes to his horror that suddenly all his wealth is useless to save him. Written by Snow Leopard

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Well, They Hired The Money
11 December 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A slow-paced and terrifying film from D.W. Griffith, this film, like A CORNER IN WHEAT and ONE IS BUSINESS, THE OTHER CRIME, concerns itself with the depredations of the rich upon the poor. Griffith offers no solution but tells his story with scenes and titles that, in the hands of a lesser director, could be over the top. Indeed, they seem absurdly melodramatic at the beginning of the movie, until you see the policies of the greedy money-lender carried out.

Although Griffith directed more than five hundred pictures, almost all of which survive, he has a vast corpus of works that are rarely seen, because so many people concentrate on his best features and perhaps a dozen of his best-known shorts. Kino is to be applauded for including a sizable number of his lesser-known, but equally powerful shorts in their most recent compilation, and for hiring John Mirsalis to do scores.


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