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
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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
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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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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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29 April 1912 (USA)  »

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A Lesser Griffith
19 August 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

A confusing early film, directed by D.W. Griffith. Blanche Sweet and Edwin August are deliriously happy. He's a fisherman, and she's his "fishermaiden". Ms. Sweet enjoys hanging around the seashore; where, one day, she stumbles upon nasty Alfred Paget and a gang of smugglers. The smugglers nab and gag Sweet; then, they take her on their ship. Looking for his missing girl, Mr. August witnesses the kidnapping from the shore, and runs fro help…

While the film delivers its promised thrills, the characters' actions and motivation are often difficult to understand. There are also some strange bits of business; for example, why isn't Sweet locked in the boat room, and for what purpose does she momentarily pick up a gun? So, "The Lesser Evil" is what?

*** The Lesser Evil (4/29/12) D.W. Griffith ~ Blanche Sweet, Edwin August, Alfred Paget


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