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The Lesser Evil (1912)

 |  Short, Drama  |  29 April 1912 (USA)
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A young woman's peaceful existence is shattered when she is abducted by the crew of a boat of smugglers, who then also turn against their captain.

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The Young Woman
Edwin August ...
The Young Woman's Sweetheart
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The Young Woman's Companion
Alfred Paget ...
The Leader of the Smugglers
Charles Hill Mailes ...
The Revenue Officer / Policeman
Charles West ...
The Go-Between
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William A. Carroll ...
In Smuggler Band
Charles Gorman ...
In Smuggler Band
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In Smuggler Band
Harry Hyde ...
Policeman
J. Jiquel Lanoe ...
In Smuggler Band
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(unconfirmed)
Frank Opperman ...
In Smuggler Band
Herbert Prior ...
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W.C. Robinson ...
In Smuggler Band
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A young woman has a peaceful existence, living near the sea and enjoying a romance with a simple, hard-working fisherman. But she finds herself in sudden danger when she happens upon the crew of a boat while they are ashore in the act of smuggling. She is abducted and forced aboard their boat. While the fisherman races to organize a rescue mission, the crew of the boat decides to seize her from the captain, in order to have their way with her. Written by Snow Leopard

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Tense But Unfinished-Looking Short Drama
30 January 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This one-reel drama by D.W. Griffith has plenty of tension in it, but it also has a somewhat unfinished look, primarily because the story as it stands does not flow as smoothly as it could have. One possible explanation is that some of the inter-titles that might explain things further could be missing. But it also could be the case that Griffith, still in the earlier stages of his career, may have gotten preoccupied with the key scene(s) and did not devote enough attention to setting them up carefully.

The story has Blanche Sweet as a contented young woman living near the sea, who finds herself in sudden peril at the hands of a crew of a gang of seagoing ruffians. The first part shows her happening on them in the midst of their smuggling activities, and being abducted; the last part shows her in increasing danger aboard their ship. The concept of "The Lesser Evil" comes into play in this last portion, when it begins to look as if all hope of rescue is gone.

The movie is weakened by the first part not fitting together all that well. It takes longer than it should to make clear what the unsavory sailors are up to, and why Sweet's character will be in their way. It makes for an unnecessary distraction at the point when the suspense ought to be increasing steadily. This is where a simple inter-title (which may once have existed) would save a lot of trouble.

Once the climactic situation is set up, it is clear enough what the dangers are, although Griffith's personal perspective on them is emphasized rather strongly. It ends in an interesting and somewhat thoughtful fashion that helps out noticeably in making up for the somewhat simplistic tone of the rest of the movie.


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