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In the Watches of the Night (1909)

An honest worker, John Whitney, finds himself unemployed and unable to provide for his family. Desperate, he robs a rich man's home and is arrested. One of the police officers is an old ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

Writer:

D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Frank Powell ... Henry Brainard
George Nichols ... John Whitney
Marion Leonard ... Mrs. John Whitney
Gladys Egan ... The Whitney Child
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce ... A Maid
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... Policeman
Mary Pickford ... At Brainard's
Mack Sennett ... Policeman
Dorothy West ... At Brainard's
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An honest worker, John Whitney, finds himself unemployed and unable to provide for his family. Desperate, he robs a rich man's home and is arrested. One of the police officers is an old friend and accompanies Whitney home to allow a farewell with his wife. Humiliated, Whitney decides to kill himself and his family. The rich man learns of his desperate situation and arrives in time to save the family and drops the charges. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1909 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Edgewater, New Jersey, USA

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Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Its strength cannot be denied
11 January 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A study in desperation. Nothing on earth so lacerates the heart or so disturbs one's mental equilibrium as this same desperation; and when the desperate one sees those dependent upon him suffering, he becomes worse, and no matter what course he pursues he is frequently led to do things which he would shrink from in horror under normal circumstances. In this instance the man out of work, a dangerously sick child and suffering wife all combine to make the desperation so pronounced that the man's better self is overruled and he resorts to robbery; but his wife induces him to return the articles he took. Substantial assistance comes and the unfortunate family is placed on its feet. Figuratively and literally. This subject is not pleasant, yet its strength cannot be denied and the impression it makes cannot be questioned. One is fascinated when looking at it and turns away to wish he had not seen it, which is perhaps a sufficient commentary upon the picture and the acting which goes to make it complete. - The Moving Picture World, November 6, 1909


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