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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 »


D.W. Griffith
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Cast overview:
Elmer Booth ... The Snapper Kid - Musketeers Gang Leader
Lillian Gish ... The Little Lady
Clara T. Bracy ... The Little Lady's Mother
Walter Miller ... The Musician
Alfred Paget ... The Rival Gang Leader
Madge Kirby Madge Kirby ... The Little Lady's Friend / In Alley
Harry Carey ... Snapper's Lieutenant
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... The Policeman
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... The Bartender / On Street
Jack Pickford ... Rival Gang Member / At Dance
Robert Harron ... Rival Gang Member / In Alley / At Dance
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... Rival Gang Member (as Spike Robinson)


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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At six minutes into the film there is a dance hall scene.On the right leaning up against the wall standing in profile is a tall man who looks like D W Griffith. Since he made appearances in other films, maybe it is him. It certainly looks like him. See more »


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Trailblazing mobster that influences to this day.
15 December 2010 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

In what may be the first mob film DW Griffith establishes some of the genre nuances that remain staples to this day. The Musketeers of Pig Alley is a tense action filled study in nostalge de la boule, father of The Roaring Twenties grandfather of Mean Streets.

A struggling musician on New York's Lower East Side goes on tour and and a local thug tries moving in on wife who in return rebuffs him. He robs the husband upon return but also gets her out of a jam at great cost. In the interim a gang war breaks out.

Musketeers presents inner city life in graphic terms of overcrowding and squalor. Griffith does a fine job of balancing the two major story lines that intersect and further helped along by the innocent beauty of Lillian Gish and charismatic evil of Elmer Booth for casting Cagney. There's a well done suspense building montage into a gunfight (including a jarring close-up of Booth) along with a series of other moments that must have given pause to the folks out in the country to visit the Big Apple. Pig Alley is an an American pioneer.

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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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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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