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A Lodging for the Night (1912)

Dick Logan, a young writer in search of local color, stops at a little border town in the Southwest and engages lodging at the Mexican Inn. Two tramps see the amount of money he has and ... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


George Hennessy




Credited cast:
Charles West Charles West ... Dick Logan
Mary Pickford ... The Mexican Girl
Charles Hill Mailes ... The Mexican Girl's Father
Frank Opperman Frank Opperman ... The Owner of the Gambling Hall
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... The Gambler
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... The Bartender / A Deputy
Robert Harron ... The Victim / In Gambling Hall
Mae Marsh ... First Mexican Couple - the Woman
Christy Cabanne ... First Mexican Couple - the Man (as W. Christy Cabanne)
Alfred Paget ... The Sheriff
Hector Dion ... The Porter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William A. Carroll William A. Carroll ... A Tramp
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... A Deputy


Dick Logan, a young writer in search of local color, stops at a little border town in the Southwest and engages lodging at the Mexican Inn. Two tramps see the amount of money he has and plan to secure it. In the town he befriends a Mexican girl by stopping her uncle from beating her for having broken a water jar. That night, to while the time, he plays faro and breaks the bank, which greatly augments his already large amount of money. Retiring to his room, he is awakened by the efforts of the two tramps to get into the room. He steals out and asks for lodging for the night at a nearby house, which happens to be the home of the Mexican girl and her uncle. Here he gets real "local color," as the tramps have followed him and they enter the room through the window, while the Mexican, who also covets his money, enters through the door. The girl, however, saves him from harm, and it looks as if Dick had found a real heroine for a real romance. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Romance







Release Date:

9 May 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Referenced in Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) See more »

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A picture to please thoroughly every kind of audience
14 November 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A very tense and dramatic picture of the old Southwest. It gives a wild night's adventure of an American in and near a Mexican inn. Two men sat behind the reviewer. They seem to have knocked around a good deal. All through the reel, they kept making intelligent comments on it to each other. Their last remark was, "That's some picture." It is indeed full of good things, humor and humanity, and "some picture." The difference between romance and realism is that one is what the human heart wants and the other is what it gets it is only a rank pessimist who will say that, in real life, they never mix. This picture is a most remarkable mixture of both. 'The realism comes from the lively care not only in the development of the plot; but in the smallest matters too. The action reveals, for instance, little unexpected flashes of character. Plainly, it was made by a man who sees life with his eyes open, and is a picture to please thoroughly every kind of audience, a Saturday night feature. The camera work is excellent. - The Moving Picture World, May 25, 1912

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