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The Trick That Failed (1909)

Nellie is a struggling artist whose paintings lie unsold. Billy, a successful painter, loves her, but she tells him that she cannot marry until she sells her paintings. Billy recruits his ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Nellie Burt
Arthur V. Johnson ... Billy Hart
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... Hans Kessler
George Nichols ... Gallery Owner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce ... Buyer
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... At Gallery
Ruth Hart Ruth Hart ... At Gallery (unconfirmed)
Guy Hedlund ... At Gallery
Jeanie Macpherson ... At Gallery
Owen Moore ... At Gallery
Billy Quirk ... Buyer
Gertrude Robinson ... At Gallery
Mack Sennett ... Buyer
Dorothy West ... At Gallery
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Nellie is a struggling artist whose paintings lie unsold. Billy, a successful painter, loves her, but she tells him that she cannot marry until she sells her paintings. Billy recruits his friends to buy her paintings. At first she is excited by the sudden success, but when she learns the truth, Nellie leaves her sweetheart to accept the proposal of a rival painter. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1909 (USA) See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the drama In the Window Recess (1909). See more »

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Disrespect for Actors
10 May 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

I think the 34 year old D.W. Griffith had a disrespect for actors in the sense that he would not allow them to bring their own interpretation of a character to a story. What you see on screen is Griffith manifesting himself in various players simply because he couldn't act himself. If he didn't make so many short films, then he could be judged by his directing skills alone. As it stands, his treatment of his cast surfaces on the screen and you end up watching puppets guided by Griffith rather than actors. Mary Pickford could have given a lot more in this piece if she was empowered with the right to make changes to the script and take ownership of the role.


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