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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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Credited cast:
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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
Owen Moore ...
(unconfirmed)
Frank Opperman ...
In Smuggler Band
Herbert Prior ...
(unconfirmed)
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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The Sea Chase
11 December 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Griffith loved to shoot along the shoreline and on the water. His settings, always so lifelike, take on a poetic quality along the shore, and the sight of the motorboat knifing through the water to rescue Blanche Sweet, with its beautiful wake..... in any case, in this short, Griffith managed to combine his love of the shooting the water with one of his heart-in-your-throat chases, as the captain raises his gun to shoot Blanche's brains out before his mutinous crew can defile her.

Yes, it works. Rent the Kino dvd and see for yourself.

Although Griffith directed more than five hundred pictures, almost all of which survive, he has a vast corpus of works that are rarely seen, because so many people concentrate on his best features and perhaps a dozen of his best-known shorts. Kino is to be applauded for including a sizable number of his lesser-known, but equally powerful shorts in their most recent compilation, and for hiring John Mirsalis to do scores.


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