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In the Kentucky backwoods, Dorothy West helps her moonshiner father take some jugs to his still; along the way, she meets dashing Edwin August. Ms. West and Mr. August are immediately attracted to each other
but he is "The Revenue Man ", which means, of course, trouble for the
moonshiners. After August begins arresting the bootleggers, citizens dependent on the alcohol trade take up arms against the man. Even West wields a rifle; when a loved one is shot, she wants to hunt down, and kill, revenue man August. When she comes upon him, and takes aim, she hesitates after she sees he is a lover of doves, like she
Director D.W. Griffith's prowling, bearded posse of moonsshiners becomes quite visually menacing in the woodsy exterior; which is New Jersey, actually, as photographed by G.W. Bitzer. The subsequent hiding of August under West's bed is an exciting moment; and, West performs amicably. In "The Revenue Man and His Girl", West foreshadows some later Griffith/Lilian Gish scenes. Little Gladys Egan appears, naturally, as the little girl. Alfred Paget and Donald Crisp also appear.
**** The Revenue Man and His Girl (9/25/11) D.W. Griffith ~ Dorothy West, Edwin August, Gladys Egan
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