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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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Snapper Kid, Musketeers Gang Leader
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The Little Lady
Clara T. Bracy ...
The Little Lady's Mother
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The Musician
Alfred Paget ...
Rival Gang Leader
John T. Dillon ...
Policeman
Madge Kirby ...
The Little Lady's Friend / In Alley
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Snapper's Sidekick
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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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Most likely the first film to ever use follow-focus. D.W. Griffith convinced his most trusted cameraman, G.W. Bitzer, to fade out the background when the three gangsters walk towards the alley in the opening scene. During this era a cameraman was judged on how sharp and clear his picture was, so Griffith had to take him to an art museum and show him how the background was out of focus and the characters were in focus to convince him to do the effect on the shot. The focusing method is still used. See more »

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Griffith Gangster
28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Musketeers of Pig Alley, The (1912)

*** (out of 4)

D.W. Griffith film, which is considered to be the first gangster movie ever made. Griffith does a nice job showing off poor people back in the day and seeing NYC in 1912 is another added bonus. The performance by Dorothy Gish is very good and the supporting players are nice as well. The shootout in the alley remains exciting to this day.

Highly entertaining early film.

Also check out Regeneration (1915).

This is available through Kino, Image and Grapevine.


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