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The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)

Not Rated | | Short, Crime, Drama | 31 October 1912 (USA)
A young wife and her musician husband live in poverty in a New York City tenement. The husband's job requires him to go away for for a number of days. On his return, he is robbed by the ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast overview:
Elmer Booth ... Snapper Kid, Musketeers Gang Leader
Lillian Gish ... The Little Lady
Clara T. Bracy Clara T. Bracy ... The Little Lady's Mother
Walter Miller ... The Musician
Alfred Paget ... Rival Gang Leader
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... Policeman
Madge Kirby Madge Kirby ... The Little Lady's Friend / In Alley
Harry Carey ... Snapper's Sidekick
Robert Harron ... Rival Gang Member / In Alley / At Dance
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... Rival Gang Member (as Spike Robinson)
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... The Bartender / On Street
Jack Pickford ... Rival Gang Member / At Dance
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A young wife and her musician husband live in poverty in a New York City tenement. The husband's job requires him to go away for for a number of days. On his return, he is robbed by the neighborhood gangster. Sometime later, an unrelated mob shoot-out ensues. The husband happens upon the melee, recognizing the crook who robbed him. Can the husband retrieve his money? Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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One good turn deserves another.

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Short | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pig Alley muskétásai See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, 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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In a street sequence, a young girl can be seen staring at the camera. This was not a mistake; D.W. Griffith had noticed that, in documentary films, people tended to stare at the camera, and felt that having her do just that would make the scene feel more realistic. See more »

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Gushing Over Gish (Lillian, I Guess)
22 April 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I'm not going to go into the story because, in the IMDb plot summary, there is a thorough explanation of this tale provided by "American Mindscope and Biograph Co." It covers everything in this short, silent D.W. Griffth movie. I hadn't a silent film in a while, at least since watching most of Buster Keaton's and Harold Lloyd's comedies, so I had forgotten what a pretty woman Lillian Gish was in her youth. What confuses me, though, is that younger sister Dorothy is listed in the opening credits, not Lillian. What's the deal with that? Since Dorothy would have been about 14 at this time, it had to be Lillian in the lead role, as listed here by IMDb. At any rate, Lillian and the faces of the gangsters are really fun to watch. We get closeups of "The Snapper" and his really wild-looking sidekick, played by Harry Carey. Famous actor Lionel Barrymore also has a short role in year but, frankly, I didn't recognize him. By the way, I think Dorothy was one of the people in the crowd early on her brushes up against her sister, who then gives her a look. It was almost like an inside joke. Overall, this a bit confusing in parts because things happened pretty fast. I enjoyed the faces in here more than the story. A gave it a second look, trying to spot Dorothy and to understand the plot better. Afterward, however, I found this IMDb summary to be most helpful.


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