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31 October 1912 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Elmer Booth ... Snapper Kid, Musketeers Gang Leader

Lillian Gish ... The Little Lady
Clara T. Bracy ... The Little Lady's Mother

Walter Miller ... The Musician

Alfred Paget ... Rival Gang Leader
John T. Dillon ... Policeman
Madge Kirby ... The Little Lady's Friend / In Alley

Harry Carey ... Snapper's Sidekick

Robert Harron ... Rival Gang Member / In Alley / At Dance
W.C. Robinson ... Rival Gang Member (as Spike Robinson)
Adolph Lestina ... The Bartender / On Street

Jack Pickford ... Rival Gang Member / At Dance
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gertrude Bambrick ... At Dance (uncredited)

Lionel Barrymore ... The Musician's Friend (uncredited)
Kathleen Butler ... On Street / At Dance (uncredited)
Christy Cabanne ... At Dance (uncredited)

Donald Crisp ... Rival Gang Member (uncredited)
Frank Evans ... At Dance (uncredited)

Dorothy Gish ... Frizzy-haired woman in street (uncredited)
Walter P. Lewis ... In Alley / At Dance (uncredited)

Antonio Moreno ... Musketeers Gang Member / At Dance (uncredited)
Marie Newton ... At Dance (uncredited)
J. Waltham ... In Alley (uncredited)

Directed by
D.W. Griffith 
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(in alphabetical order)
D.W. Griffith  uncredited
Anita Loos  uncredited

Original Music by
Robert Israel (uncredited)
Cinematography by
G.W. Bitzer 

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17 min (16 fps)
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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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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Griffith Gangster, 28 February 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

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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