When her husband is injured in a surveying accident, his crew helps out his wife and children through a home invasion and a bank run.
The real world story is that Griffith wanted to make features, while his bosses at BIograph were happy with the immense profits his shorts brought, so Griffith left; within three years, the changes that Griffith had predicted swamped the company and it went under.
While I am in no doubt that the reality was much more complex, it has been difficult to challenge because of the paucity of Biograph films after Griffith.The Eye Institute has posted several on their YouTube site, including this one. Looking at it, it is clear that the cameramen were excellent, but there is a degradation in acting and story-telling technique. The titles are not as carefully used as under Griffith; an early one explains that a character is returning to his wife and children, when the children run up to him and his wife hugs him. The group actions are not so carefully choreographed; the run on the bank consists of people standing in front of the bank, shaking their fists. Nor is there the exciting action, the race to save some one that marked Griffith movies and made them so exciting.
In short, the story logic is still present, but there is no excitement.
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