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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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A Marathon Worth Running
19 August 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Interesting early film, directed by D.W. Griffith. Walter Miller and Henry B. Walthall are partners in business, and rivals for the affections of Blanche Sweet. Ms. Sweet chooses Mr. Walthall, and the two are married. Soon, he goes out on the town, leaving her and the baby home alone. Then, Mr. Miller realizes Walthall is stealing from their company to pay off gambling debts…

This film is given great depth by Griffith's use of windows, doorways, and a mirror in background shots The performances are noteworthy, especially Walthall and Sweet, during the film's climax. A contemporary automobile is featured in the exciting race to save Walthall's life. For it's time, this must have been a shocker. The absence of blood is strange, but the performances make "Death's Marathon" worth running.

******* Death's Marathon (6/14/13) D.W. Griffith ~ Henry B. Walthall, Blanche Sweet, Walter Miller


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