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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 ... The 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 ... 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)
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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

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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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Biograph Company See more »
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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 (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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Referenced in New York at the Movies (2002) See more »

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Griffith Makes Crime Pay
19 August 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Early crime film directed by D.W. Griffith. Hyped in the subtitle as "Unparallel drama inspired and played on the streets of the American city - Bold - Truthful"! Lillian Gish lives with her musician husband Walter Miller near Pig Alley, an area frequented by gangsters. The head Musketeer is Elmer Booth. Gangster Booth tries to put the make on Ms. Gish, and mugs Mr. Miller as he returns home with his hard-earned pay. Stumbling into a gang shootout, Miller recognizes Musketeer Booth as his mugger. What will he do?

Here, in "The Musketeers of Pig Alley", Gish and Miller are better than when they are threatened by the temptress in "The Mothering Heart" (1913). The acting is more natural, and you really sympathize with the couple. Booth is an endearing "Little Caesar". The shootout is lively, and the thugs creeping along the alley walls into close-ups is quite memorable. The ending is played more for humor; it's not bad, but it breaks the mood of the movie.

****** The Musketeers of Pig Alley (10/31/12) D.W. Griffith ~ Lillian Gish, Walter Miller, Elmer Booth


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