A wealthy, callous moneylender finds a terrifying way to learn about money's limitations.

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"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt" Matthew 6: 19. How few there are that appreciate the truth of this advice from holy writ, in our incessant struggle tor gold. Wealth is not only transitory, but it often conspires against our eternal salvation. "Ye cannot serve God and Mammon." True it is that the fight for fortune is ethical where the methods are legitimate, but the one despicable means is that of the usurer or money shark. This man fattens on the misfortunes of his fellow beings, gloating over the fact that his debtors are his abject slaves, and like the ancient king who called tor a reckoning from his servant, "But forasmuch as he had not to pay, he commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children, and all that he had." This is the procedure of the usurer. We find him about to have his office in the evening ordering his collectors to warn the delinquent debtors that if they do not pay by the morrow their effects will be sold. They... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Loan Shark!
19 August 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Early social commentary directed by D.W. Griffith; it's about "The Usurer" (think "Loan Shark" and "Money Lender") who calls in some loans, resulting in misery for those not as well off as he. As he collects money, he indulges more and more. Like Mr. Griffith's previous "message film" he receives an ironic comeuppance.

An unremarkable Griffith short; technically, it's not up to the director's own standards. The sealed room looks like it might fall down any moment. Both the actors and sets move in the wrong ways; and, it's painful to see poor Mary Pickford and Henry B. Walthall have their furniture repossessed!

*** The Usurer (8/15/10) D.W. Griffith ~ George Nichols, Grace Henderson, Mack Sennett


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