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A Cry for Help (1912)

Knocked down by an automobile, the intoxicated tramp is taken to the doctor's house, received and treated to a square meal. The husband of a patient has just died, calls on the doctor, ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

Edward Acker
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lionel Barrymore ... The Tramp
Lillian Gish ... The Maid
Walter Miller ... The Doctor
Harry Carey ... The Thief
Claire McDowell ... The Thief's Wife - the Charity Patient
Robert Harron ... Witness to Accident
Dorothy Gish ... Witness to Accident
Christy Cabanne Christy Cabanne ... Witness to Accident (as W. Christy Cabanne)
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... Policeman / Witness to Accident
Alfred Paget ... Policeman
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Knocked down by an automobile, the intoxicated tramp is taken to the doctor's house, received and treated to a square meal. The husband of a patient has just died, calls on the doctor, intending to kill him. The grief-crazed man is foiled several times by the return of the tramp, whom the maid at last pushes out of the house. She hears the doctor struggling with his assailant and faints. The tramp hears the doctor's cry for help and enters by a rear window, despite the objections of a policeman, in time to save his benefactor. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Connections

Edited into Film Fun (1955) See more »

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Lengthens out the suspense in a probable, convincing and semi-humorous way
20 April 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This picture has a dramatic climax that is fresh enough, but that reminds us of several other Biograph offerings; it is a picture with a struggle between an unarmed man, on one side of a door, and a madman with a pistol, on the other. Its freshness comes from the trouble a tramp, whom he had befriended, has in rescuing him. A policeman seeing this rough looking man climbing in a window, hinders him and lengthens out the suspense in a probable, convincing and semi-humorous way that is very entertaining. There are three chief characters and, for more than half the film, these kept appearing without any definite relationship. The situation might have been stated more quickly. - The Moving Picture World, January 4, 1913


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