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One Is Business, the Other Crime (1912)

Griffith intercuts between the lives of two couples married on the same day. One couple is rich, the other is poor. Time passes, and in desperation over joblessness, the poor husband ... See full summary »

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Charles West ...
Poor Husband
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Griffith intercuts between the lives of two couples married on the same day. One couple is rich, the other is poor. Time passes, and in desperation over joblessness, the poor husband attempts to burgle a home, only to be captured a gunpoint by the mistress of the house. It is the home of the rich couple. While holding the poor intruder at gunpoint, the rich wife accidently discovers evidence implicating her own husband in a bribery scheme . . . Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Heavily Coincidence-Dependent, But Interesting & Makes Its Point
4 September 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Despite a plot that depends heavily on an unlikely coincidence, this short drama makes its main point well. Although a present-day discussion of the same issues might involve different specific details, the basic point is as valid as ever, making this one of a surprising number of short dramas from the early 1910s that still have something to say.

At the beginning, a contrast is set up efficiently between two newly married couples, one poor and struggling and one prosperous and influential, and then we are shown the kinds of temptations to which the two husbands are subjected. The way that everything is eventually resolved is rather forced and not entirely convincing, but at least it's interesting, and it's hard not to agree with the implied points that Griffith is making.

Aside from Blanche Sweet, the better-known names are probably in the smaller roles here. The interest in this movie lies in its commentary on the morals of the rich and the poor, and in how topical the basic issues still are, 90 years later.


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