Man's Lust for Gold (1912)

Gold is the seed of avarice, theft, murder, and, in fact, most of the evil of the world. In our picture we show the father of a little family killed by a claim jumper who tries to take ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

George Hennessy

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Cast

Credited cast:
Blanche Sweet ... The Prospector's Daughter
Robert Harron ... The Prospector's Son (as Bobby Harron)
Frank Opperman Frank Opperman ... The Claim Jumper
Charles Hill Mailes ... The Mexican
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... The Prospector
William A. Carroll William A. Carroll ... Among the Indians (as William Carroll)
David Miles ... (unconfirmed)
Jack Pickford ... Among the Indians
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Storyline

Gold is the seed of avarice, theft, murder, and, in fact, most of the evil of the world. In our picture we show the father of a little family killed by a claim jumper who tries to take possession of his claim. Further on the claim jumper discovers the rich Skeleton Mine, guarded by a grim sentinel, the skeleton of its first victim. Bags of gold lay by and the claim jumper lugs two off. Out of water and fatigued, he buries the gold, intending to come back for it later. However, his strength fails him, and some distance on he falls exhausted. In this plight he is encountered by the son of the miner, whose claim he tried to jump and killed, but the boy's feelings towards him are now softened by his pitiful condition. Before the claim jumper dies he draws a map of the location of the gold. The boy and girl start out and they are made to realize the struggle gold induces. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Plot Keywords:

mining | gold | melodrama | desert | See All (4) »

Genres:

Short | Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Fernando, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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