Mike breaks into an apartment to steal an old man's money, not realizing it's his girlfriend's father. When he discovers whose apartment it is, he begs her for forgiveness.





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Credited cast:
The Tenement Girl
The Tenement Girl's Brother
William J. Butler ...
The Tenement Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce ...
A Neighbor
Christy Cabanne ...
In Bar (as W. Christy Cabanne)
Max Davidson ...
John T. Dillon ...
A Policeman / At Dance
Frank Evans ...
A Policeman
At Dance
Grace Henderson ...
At Dance
J. Jiquel Lanoe ...
In Bar / At Dance
Joseph McDermott ...
In Bar / At Dance
At Dance
W.C. Robinson ...
In Bar / At Dance


Mike, a gang leader, never before knew what power there was in a good woman's persuasion, and when he met the little girl of the tenement he involuntarily exclaimed, "There's a real girl." At a dance given in the neighborhood, he hunts for her and despite the efforts of her friends to oppose it, she promises to be his girl. The next day, while in the corner saloon, he sees a bill collector with quite an amount of money. He attempts to get this money and is about to succeed when he discovers that the collector is the father of the girl. He now fully realizes how despicable he is, and handing back the money, he goes with a promise to prove himself worthy of her. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Crime | Short | Drama





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1 February 1912 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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20 June 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Transformation of Mike, The (1912)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Extremely entertaining drama from Griffith about a gangster named Mike (Wilfred Lucas) who moves into a tenement building to start over. At a dance he meets a young lady (Blanche Sweet) and quickly falls for her but with no money to take her out he decides to do a robbery. Mike eventually breaks into the house of an old man with money but he doesn't realize that it's his girl's father. The film deals with a bad man seeing his wrong ways and changing and this here is a subject that Griffith went to many times. Once again Griffith's strong direction really does wonders as he's able to make a rather cute romantic comedy with the two people meeting yet he then switches gears flawlessly as we see Mike terrorizing the family, not knowing who they really are. Lucas is terrific in his role as should be expected since he also wrote the story. The always impressive Sweet does her typical great job and William J. Butler is fine as her father.

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