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Suspense (1913)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Thriller | 6 July 1913 (USA)
An isolated house in deserted area is too remote for a servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door, and puts the key under the mat. Alone in the house is a mother and her infant... See full summary »

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Lois Weber (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lois Weber ... The Wife
Val Paul Val Paul ... The Husband
Douglas Gerrard ... The Pursuer
Sam Kaufman Sam Kaufman ... The Tramp
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An isolated house in deserted area is too remote for a servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door, and puts the key under the mat. Alone in the house is a mother and her infant. A tramp watches the servant leave, then begins to skulk. The woman sees him outside as he discovers the latchkey. She phones her husband, who's working in town, and he jumps into a car idling in front of his office. He races toward home while the car's owner (and the police) are in pursuit. The tramp grabs a knife and heads up the stairs toward the defenseless woman. Can the husband elude the police long enough to rescue her or will the tramp have his way? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Face Downstairs See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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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 contemporary of Weber and Smalley, D.W. Griffith, adapted the play to film as The Lonely Villa (1909) and, taking even more liberties with the premise, in An Unseen Enemy (1912). See more »

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The Wife: [on the phone with her husband, telling him about the tramp] Now he is opening the kitchen door. Now he is in the...
[the tramp saws through the phone wire]
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Heart Pounding!
7 November 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The title tells it all. A woman and her child are alone at the house because the hired help decides to take off. Her husband is at work. She realizes there is a man outside, a hobo. He gets into the house after she has called her husband. Then we have the classic "Will he get there" plot. He steals a car and leaves he driver, who immediately gets the police involved. This was directed by a woman and for a short film is edited very well and tells a convincing story.


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