A lonely widower living in the Italian quarter of the city, whose only solace since the death of his wife is his little child, is reluctantly a member of a secret society existent among his... See full summary »

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Adolph Lestina ...
The Widower
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The Messenger
J. Jiquel Lanoe ...
The Rich Italian
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The Rich Italian's Daughter
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A Gangster
Joseph McDermott ...
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Christy Cabanne ...
In Gang (as W. Christy Cabanne)
Charles Gorman ...
Accident Witness
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Baden Powell
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A lonely widower living in the Italian quarter of the city, whose only solace since the death of his wife is his little child, is reluctantly a member of a secret society existent among his countrymen. The active members of this society have observed with envy the success of another Italian and feel that they should share the proceeds of his industry without working for it, so to this end send the wealthy man a demand for $5,000, ostensibly to defray the expenses of their society. The rich man is defiant and consequently the society decides upon his annihilation, electing the widower to do the deed. He at first rebels against the move, but has little choice, for it is a case of the marked man or himself. Hence, off he goes on the terrible errand. In the meantime, the widower's child wanders off and is thrown down by an automobile and, though not injured, is carried into the doomed house just as the father places and lights a bomb beneath it. You may imagine the man's position when, as... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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12 August 1912 (USA)  »

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Has a well-made plot, but the explosion didn't get over
15 January 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A melodrama. The "inner circle" is merely a phrase used by a society for promoting the payment of money, funds to be left under some rose bush or other at a time designated by the inner circle. The climax of this picture comes just before a dynamite bomb explodes. It is a picture that is good in little things. It also has a well-made plot, but the explosion didn't get over. This was because there wasn't enough explosive material in the bomb. The producer wanted to have it go off almost as soon as it left the hands of the villain who has become a hero, and didn't dare make it dangerous. The best way is not to have any powder in the fused bomb and to explode a cartridge at the right time and in a safe place by electricity. When that is done one feels that the bomb was real. The picture's strength comes from good acting. Mary Pickford has the chief lady's part; but the interest centers in one of the gang and his child. - The Moving Picture World, August 24, 1912


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