The physician's death orphans his two adolescent daughters. Their older brother is able to convert some of the doctor's small estate to cash. But it is late in the day, and with the banks ... See full summary »

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The physician's death orphans his two adolescent daughters. Their older brother is able to convert some of the doctor's small estate to cash. But it is late in the day, and with the banks closed he stores the money in his father's household safe. The slatternly housekeeper, aware of the money, enlists a criminal acquaintance to crack the safe. She attempts to get into the adjacent room where the sisters tremble in fear, but finds that the door is locked. The drunken housekeeper menaces them by brandishing a gun through a hole in the wall. But the resourceful girls use the telephone to call their brother who has returned to town. He gets the message and organizes a rescue party. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Though not a direct adaptation, the premise of the story was strongly influenced by the play Au Téléphone (At the Telephone) by André de Lorde, first published in 1902 and a staple of the Theatre du Grand Guignol in Paris. A previous effort by D.W. Griffith, The Lonely Villa (1909), was a more direct adaptation of the play. See more »

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Attic:Gish and Griffith do their thing
20 June 2000 | by (Plymouth, MN, USA) – See all my reviews

This short is available as part of Hollywood's Attic VHS tape set. It is on the Griffith Shorts tape #2.

The Gish sisters star and Griffith directs with his standard assortments of cuts and word titles. The music score is difference for other Attic tapes, but it may or may not be the original.

The tape runs a little on the fast end (11 minutes) and the short subject could be given better treatment in a longer movie, but otherwise good. Very few people are credited. While more are credited than usual Griffith films, there are still lots of extras and possible cameo spotting may be fun for buffs.

The story could easily be remade, but it will likely remain in the attic like most early cinema.

As standard the short finishes with "The End"


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