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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

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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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film heavily influenced Martin Scorsese in the making of his own gangster films, Goodfellas (1990) and Gangs of New York (2002). It was picked by Scorsese for his 2005 tribute at Beaubourg, centre d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou (1977) in Paris, France. Biograph is the oldest movie company in America and, as of 2009, is still in existence. See more »

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Griffith Gangster
28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Musketeers of Pig Alley, The (1912)

*** (out of 4)

D.W. Griffith film, which is considered to be the first gangster movie ever made. Griffith does a nice job showing off poor people back in the day and seeing NYC in 1912 is another added bonus. The performance by Dorothy Gish is very good and the supporting players are nice as well. The shootout in the alley remains exciting to this day.

Highly entertaining early film.

Also check out Regeneration (1915).

This is available through Kino, Image and Grapevine.


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