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The Informer (1912)

The young lover leaving home at the opening of the war to join the Confederate Army, tells his brother to take care of his fatherless sweetheart during the perilous times which are to ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

George Hennessy
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Cast

Credited cast:
Walter Miller ... The Confederate Captain
Mary Pickford ... The Confederate Captain's Sweetheart
Henry B. Walthall ... The False Brother
Kate Bruce ... The Mother
Dorothy Gish ... The Southern Girl
Robert Harron ... The Southern Boy
Harry Carey ... The Union Corporal
W. Chrystie Miller W. Chrystie Miller ... Union Soldier
Joseph Graybill ... Union Soldier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lionel Barrymore ... Union Soldier
Elmer Booth ... Union Soldier
Clara T. Bracy Clara T. Bracy ... Negro Servant
Christy Cabanne Christy Cabanne ... Undetermined Secondary Role
Edward Dillon ... Confederate Soldier
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... Union Soldier
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The young lover leaving home at the opening of the war to join the Confederate Army, tells his brother to take care of his fatherless sweetheart during the perilous times which are to follow. But the brother weakens and fails to be true to his trust. He permits her to believe that her lover is dead. Caught in the neighborhood, however, between the lines of the enemy, the brother appears before them at the crucial moment. In retaliation the false brother turns informer. Both forces are aroused to arms and during the attack upon the girl defending her wounded lover and family alone in the negro's cabin retribution comes in the form of a stray bullet. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El informante See more »

Filming Locations:

Milford, Pennsylvania, 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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We notice evidences of skill and experience in this picture
18 March 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The one quality that marks the work of an experienced maker from that of others is a feeling for what is significant. We notice evidences of skill and experience in this picture, but not so markedly as in some by this company. Yet so thrilling and so well made is the story that it will draw the audience forward, make it swallow the scenes with its eyes, so to speak. The scenario behind it is unusually strong for a war time picture. It, as a human tale, is a long advance over "The Battle," by the same company, and the producer has made it far more thrilling than that picture, although only a squad is seen fighting. A very desirable offering. - The Moving Picture World, December 7, 1912


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