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An Unseen Enemy (1912)

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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9 September 1912 (USA)  »

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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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Making Movies Magical
19 August 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Great early film short, directed superbly by D.W. Griffith. In it, Lillian and Dorothy Gish play sisters (is that ever inspired casting?) terrorized by a wicked housekeeper and her male companion. They have the Gish sisters locked in a room, and terrorized them by firing a gun through a hole in the wall. It doesn't sound like much, but the direction makes in exciting (there is a race to rescue them after they are able to make a phone call).

Lillian and Dorothy Gish look extraordinary on film, together, in "An Unseen Enemy"; though, the situation more than a little implausible. Still, the Gish sisters are radiant. Also noteworthy are the scenes with Robert Harron which open and close the drama, earning him a Kiss from Dorothy Gish. The three of them are natural actors, which Griffith (and audiences) could plainly see in this film. Great photography.

D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Robert Harron, and G.W. Bitzer - making the screen magical in "An Unseen Enemy"...

********* An Unseen Enemy (9/9/12) D.W. Griffith ~ Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Robert Harron, Elmer Booth


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