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The Burglar's Dilemma (1912)

In this latter day Cain and Abel story, a jealous brother strikes down his sibling just as a young burglar is about to enter the house. The jealous brother summons police, who then charge ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... The Author
Henry B. Walthall ... The Author's Weakling Brother
Robert Harron ... The Young Burglar
Harry Carey ... The Older Crook
Lillian Gish ... Birthday Wellwisher
Dorothy Gish ... Birthday Wellwisher
Charles West Charles West ... The Doctor (as Charles H. West)
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... The Butler
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... The Policeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gertrude Bambrick Gertrude Bambrick ... Birthday Wellwisher
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... Interrogating Detective
Madge Kirby Madge Kirby ... Birthday Wellwisher
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... Birthday Wellwisher
Alfred Paget ... Interrogating Detective
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... Policeman
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In this latter day Cain and Abel story, a jealous brother strikes down his sibling just as a young burglar is about to enter the house. The jealous brother summons police, who then charge the young intruder with murder. How can the burglar prove his innocence? Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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burglar | murder | burglary | melodrama | See All (4) »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Dilema do Assaltante See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Title Card: [title card] The boy having paid the price for his offence is helped to break with the old life and rehabilitate himself.
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It labors under a poor title which is certainly a defect
12 April 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

If this picture is a story about a burglar, it isn't built in the best way; for it brings and keeps another character to the fore from the first. It labors under a poor title which is certainly a defect, for a name at the beginning of a picture directs the attention, it might almost be said, prepares the space in the mind which the picture is to fill. And if the offering fails to fill that space, there is almost sure to be a feeling of dissatisfaction. In this case, where the situation is neither very likely nor significant, the shortcoming is the more noticeable. It's a story of a man who was stunned and thought to be dead. His brother who had knocked him down, discovers a burglar in the house and contrives to have him caught and suspected of murder. This was the burglar's bad fix; it wasn't a true dilemma which is a choice between two bad fixes. The unconscious man comes to. It isn't up to the best Biograph pictures. - The Moving Picture World, December 28, 1912


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