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Friends (1912)

The orphan Dora is courted by two different gold miners.

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D.W. Griffith

Writer:

D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mary Pickford ... Dora - the Orphan
Henry B. Walthall ... Dandy Jack
Lionel Barrymore ... Grizzley Fallon - Dandy Jack's Friend
Harry Carey ... Bob Kyne - the Prospector
Charles Hill Mailes ... The Bartender
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At the mining-camp of Golden Creek, the little orphan girl of the late proprietor of Golden Creek Inn is the pet of all the miners. Her father had long been their great friend and adviser, and hence his little daughter always commanded their greatest respect. She becomes greatly infatuated with Dandy Jack, who is considered by all as her sweetheart. Jack decides to leave the camp for other diggings, and the little one is almost heartbroken. As he is leaving, he meets Bob, his old chum, who has just arrived at the camp. Their greeting shows clearly the value of that little word "friends." Later on, Bob comes to the Inn and falls deeply in love with the little orphan, who has realized by this time that her feeling for Jack was infatuation rather than love. Hence she and Bob are engaged to be married. Shortly before the day set for the wedding, Jack returns and is twitted by the boys about the apparently fickle girl, whereupon he wagers that he can win her back, not knowing, of course, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Western | Romance

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigos See more »

Filming Locations:

Coytesville, New Jersey, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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According to a 1959 interview on CBC Radio with Mary Pickford, a shot of her in this film was the first ever closeup shot in a motion picture. See more »

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Simple Drama With A Fine Cast
30 January 2006 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The fine cast is what makes this simple drama of romantic relationships worth seeing. Mary Pickford, Lionel Barrymore, and Harry Carey (looking quite young and skinny) would make any movie worth seeing, but here it is actually Henry B. Walthall who grabs the spotlight with a charismatic and interesting performance.

The story has Pickford as an orphan, now a young woman, who has grown up as the darling of a gold mining town. As her beau, Walthall has a role a little less one-dimensional than many of his roles from the era. As his character's name implies, Dandy Jack is an attention-getting, slightly self-absorbed figure. Walthall fleshes out the character quite well, making him much more than a mere caricature of the type, solely through small gestures and expressions.

The rest of the fine cast also does well. There's actually very little to the story, and so the characters really have to carry the movie, along with a slight boost from the setting in and around mining settlements, which is interesting but not particularly detailed.


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