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The Female of the Species (1912)

Four survivors from an abandoned mining town - a married couple, the wife's sister, and a younger woman - are making a desperate trip to safety across the desert. The wife suspects the ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles West Charles West ... The Miner (as Charles H. West)
Claire McDowell ... The Miner's Wife
Mary Pickford ... The Miner's Wife's Sister
Dorothy Bernard Dorothy Bernard ... The Other Woman
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Four survivors from an abandoned mining town - a married couple, the wife's sister, and a younger woman - are making a desperate trip to safety across the desert. The wife suspects the younger woman of having an affair with her husband, and soon afterwards the husband dies suddenly. The three women must then continue their journey amidst the growing tensions caused by the wife's desire for revenge. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Женщина по рождению 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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My Favorite Griffith Film
23 February 2005 | by moonchildivaSee all my reviews

Claire McDowell is my favorite character in this film, an amazing presence. I've been watching this film all my life, I bought an 8mm from Blackhawk Films in the 70s, to view it, using my Dad's projector and screen without music. We were all interested in Mary Pickford's performance, very much unlike her later roles, of course. She's such a trouble maker in this movie! And Dorothy Bernard is so lovely, she really makes you feel for her, unjustly accused of flirting with Mary Pickford's older sister (Claire McDowell)'s husband! I enjoy the title cards, especially the use of the word "vagaries" - an archaic word that I've recently used in a song, with all credit to DW Griffith. When the baby cries, I always felt that I could HEAR it in this silent film. I get that involved in it. In fact, we started wearing our hair like they do, when we first saw this movie in the 70s on public television! Now I have it on DVD, that Griffith collection of short films. I think I'll watch it today!


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