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The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)

A young wife and her musician husband live in poverty in a New York City tenement. The husband's job requires him to go away for for a number of days. On his return, he is robbed by the ... See full summary »

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Rival Gang Leader
John T. Dillon ...
Policeman
Madge Kirby ...
The Little Lady's Friend / In Alley
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Rival Gang Member / In Alley / At Dance
W.C. Robinson ...
Rival Gang Member (as Spike Robinson)
Adolph Lestina ...
The Bartender / On Street
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Rival Gang Member / At Dance
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A young wife and her musician husband live in poverty in a New York City tenement. The husband's job requires him to go away for for a number of days. On his return, he is robbed by the neighborhood gangster. Sometime later, an unrelated mob shoot-out ensues. The husband happens upon the melee, recognizing the crook who robbed him. Can the husband retrieve his money? Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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31 October 1912 (USA)  »

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Trailblazing mobster that influences to this day.
15 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In what may be the first mob film DW Griffith establishes some of the genre nuances that remain staples to this day. The Musketeers of Pig Alley is a tense action filled study in nostalge de la boule, father of The Roaring Twenties grandfather of Mean Streets.

A struggling musician on New York's Lower East Side goes on tour and and a local thug tries moving in on wife who in return rebuffs him. He robs the husband upon return but also gets her out of a jam at great cost. In the interim a gang war breaks out.

Musketeers presents inner city life in graphic terms of overcrowding and squalor. Griffith does a fine job of balancing the two major story lines that intersect and further helped along by the innocent beauty of Lillian Gish and charismatic evil of Elmer Booth for casting Cagney. There's a well done suspense building montage into a gunfight (including a jarring close-up of Booth) along with a series of other moments that must have given pause to the folks out in the country to visit the Big Apple. Pig Alley is an an American pioneer.


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