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A Beast at Bay (1912)

A young, and fickle girl ( Mary Pickford ) dumps her admiring boyfriend ( Edwin August ) because she views him as a coward. Meanwhile a ruthless convict ( Alfred Paget ) has escaped and ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

Writer:

George Hennessy
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... The Young Woman
Edwin August ... The Young Woman's Ideal
Alfred Paget ... The Convict
Mae Marsh ... The Young Woman's Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elmer Booth ... (unconfirmed)
Christy Cabanne Christy Cabanne ... Station Master / In Sports Car (as W. Christy Cabanne)
William A. Carroll William A. Carroll ... A Guard
Francis J. Grandon Francis J. Grandon ... (unconfirmed)
Robert Harron ... A Farmer
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... At Station
Henry Lehrman ... A Guard
Charles Hill Mailes ... A Guard
Marguerite Marsh ... (as Marguerite Loveridge)
Lottie Pickford ... (unconfirmed)
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... A Guard
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A young, and fickle girl ( Mary Pickford ) dumps her admiring boyfriend ( Edwin August ) because she views him as a coward. Meanwhile a ruthless convict ( Alfred Paget ) has escaped and takes the girl as his hostage. After a harrowing automobile and train chase, the ex-boyfriend rescues the girl and he immediately becomes her hero, which she seals with a kiss. Written by Pamela Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Une bête aux abois See more »

Filming Locations:

California, 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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I don't think I'd save her!
12 August 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In "A Beast at Bay", Mary Pickford plays a woman who seems a bit odd. When some guy insults her boyfriend and wants to have a fight right there in the street, she is mad when this boyfriend (Edwin August) refuses to fight. She sees him as a coward and dumps him.

A bit later, an escaped convict happens upon this lady and takes her hostage. When the now ex-boyfriend sees this, he comes to the rescue like an action hero. And, in the end, she is thrilled to have such a he-man for her own.

Apart from the awful message, this isn't a particularly outstanding D.W. Griffith film. Part of it is that for a high-speed chase, it's amazingly slow and uninteresting. Part of it is because the plot isn't all that great. Watchable but far from his best work. Griffith and Pickford would go on to make far more distinguished work.


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