The Suicide Club (1909)

One of the members of a suicide club learns he has inherited some money, but only after he drew the fatal lot and is expected to kill himself.


D.W. Griffith


Robert Louis Stevenson (short story "The Suicide Club"), Frank E. Woods


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Credited cast:
Barry O'Moore ... The Chosen One (as Herbert Yost)
Violet Mersereau ... The Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ... Member of Suicide Club
Charles Craig Charles Craig
John R. Cumpson ... Member of Suicide Club
Edward Dillon
Arthur V. Johnson
David Miles ... Member of Suicide Club
Owen Moore ... Member of Suicide Club
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... Member of Suicide Club
Herbert Prior ... Member of Suicide Club
Mack Sennett ... Member of Suicide Club


This is a broad comedy subject, the theme of which we often encounter in the newspapers. A body of disgruntled grouches band together in view of shuffling off this mortal coil in a spectacular manner. With this object to the fore the Suicide Club of America holds its monthly meeting to select the next candidate for mortuary honors. Lots are drawn and Frank Fairmount picks the fatal card "23." The President then presents Frank with the necessary skidoo instruments, a pistol, a dagger, a bottle of poison and a rope, and wishes him success. Frank arrives home at the same time as a letter addressed to him which informs him that he has fallen heir to $50,000. Now to commit suicide under these conditions is out of the question. The members are very much upset by not seeing notice of Frank's demise in the newspaper, so they go in a body to ascertain the cause. Frank meets them with a paper to sign releasing him from his oath, but they indignantly refuse until he closes the door and turns on ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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3 May 1909 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Re-working Robert Louis Stevenson
23 February 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

In this 4 minute short film, the 34 year old D.W. Griffith reworks Robert Louis Stevenson's novel by presenting a polemic against diversity. There was nothing to justify interest in the characters, but the Iris-in (vignette) was noticeable.

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