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The Lesser Evil (1912)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama | 29 April 1912 (USA)
A young woman's peaceful existence is shattered when she is abducted by the crew of a boat of smugglers, who then also turn against their captain.

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

George Hennessy
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Cast

Credited cast:
Blanche Sweet ... The Young Woman
Edwin August ... The Young Woman's Sweetheart
Mae Marsh ... The Young Woman's Companion
Alfred Paget ... The Leader of the Smugglers
Charles Hill Mailes ... The Revenue Officer / Policeman
Charles West Charles West ... The Go-Between
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William A. Carroll William A. Carroll ... In Smuggler Band
Charles Gorman Charles Gorman ... In Smuggler Band
Robert Harron ... In Smuggler Band
Harry Hyde Harry Hyde ... Policeman
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... In Smuggler Band
Owen Moore ... (unconfirmed)
Frank Opperman Frank Opperman ... In Smuggler Band
Herbert Prior ... (unconfirmed)
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... In Smuggler Band
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Storyline

As per appointment, the girl goes to meet her sweetheart outside an old shack. This spot is selected as being the most sequestered. Unknown to anyone, this shack is used by a gang of smugglers for the reception of contraband goods for shipment. This gang is just preparing to take away a cargo when the girl arrives. Not finding her sweetheart there, and hearing voices, she imagines he is inside the shack, and enters. The gang becomes panic-stricken at the entrance of an outsider. It is not long before they realize the importance of the situation, and as she has discovered their secret, they dare not leave her behind. Carrying her aboard their ship they sail away, just as the girl's sweetheart, who was late on account of the stopping of his watch, arrives at the place of meeting, and helplessly witnesses their departure. The young man rushing off, gets the Harbor Officers to attempt a rescue. In the meantime, the girl is in great peril on the ship, as the captain, who has locked her in ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Short | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El mal menor See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Lesser Griffith
19 August 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

A confusing early film, directed by D.W. Griffith. Blanche Sweet and Edwin August are deliriously happy. He's a fisherman, and she's his "fishermaiden". Ms. Sweet enjoys hanging around the seashore; where, one day, she stumbles upon nasty Alfred Paget and a gang of smugglers. The smugglers nab and gag Sweet; then, they take her on their ship. Looking for his missing girl, Mr. August witnesses the kidnapping from the shore, and runs fro help…

While the film delivers its promised thrills, the characters' actions and motivation are often difficult to understand. There are also some strange bits of business; for example, why isn't Sweet locked in the boat room, and for what purpose does she momentarily pick up a gun? So, "The Lesser Evil" is what?

*** The Lesser Evil (4/29/12) D.W. Griffith ~ Blanche Sweet, Edwin August, Alfred Paget


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