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The Girl and Her Trust (1912)

Some tramps assault the telegraph office trying to rob $2000 delivered by train. The telegraphist girl, trying to help, telegraphs the next station and then the men are captured.

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dorothy Bernard Dorothy Bernard ... Grace, the Telegraph Operator
Wilfred Lucas ... Jack, Railroad Express Agent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Some tramps assault the telegraph office trying to rob $2000 delivered by train. The telegraphist girl, trying to help, telegraphs the next station and then the men are captured. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heltens Lokomotiv See more »

Filming Locations:

San Fernando, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A well-preserved copy of this action-packed, historic film can be found on the "Landmarks of Early Film" DVD by Image Entertainment. See more »

Goofs

When the 2 tramps are taking the express trunk for the station, it is dark outside when they open the door. Looking through the window next to the door, it is light outside. It's also light outside when tramps get outside of the station. The same happens when the telegraph operator leaves the station. See more »

Connections

Edited into Landmarks of Early Film (1997) See more »

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A Masterpiece For Its Time
22 May 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This short drama is quite a masterpiece for its time, using every available technique along with great skill in story-telling and photography, all of which take a fairly simple story and make it interesting, believable, and exciting. There is good detail that helps define and explain the characters, expert use of cross-cutting and editing to heighten the suspense, and a nice variety of indoor and outdoor settings. Dorothy Bernard also deserves credit as the young woman willing to risk danger in order to fulfill her trust.

Many of Griffith's short films show not only masterful technique, but also an impressive efficiency that wasn't always present in his later, longer features. "A Girl and Her Trust" is one of the best of all his shorter movies, and it deserves its place as one of the best-remembered and most praised movies of its era.


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