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Death's Marathon (1913)

 -  Short | Drama | Romance  -  14 June 1913 (USA)
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Two business partners pursue the same woman. She accepts the marriage proposal of the irresponsible partner, much to her later regret. He squanders money on gambling, as his interest in her... See full summary »

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Two business partners pursue the same woman. She accepts the marriage proposal of the irresponsible partner, much to her later regret. He squanders money on gambling, as his interest in her gradually wanes. One day after losing the company money in a card game, he decides to commit suicide. He telephones his wife from the office, as he puts a revolver near his head. The wife tries to keep him talking while the reliable business partner races to the office in an attempt to save his old friend. Will he make it in time? Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Gets Pretty Good Mileage Out of a Simple Situation
10 September 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

There is some good suspense in "Death's Marathon", a short drama that gets pretty good mileage out of a simple but tense situation. Henry B. Walthall and Blanche Sweet make significant contributions, along with D.W. Griffith's story-telling ability and a supporting cast that features some other names familiar to silent film fans.

The initial premise, of a woman who must choose between two different men, is quite familiar, even routine, but the story uses it more creatively than most movies would do. After introducing us to the main characters and their relationships, one of them becomes desperate, pushing the others into a race against time which is made more memorable by all that we know about them.

Although there are no especially creative touches, most of it is done with care, and this is a pretty good, if old-fashioned, drama.


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