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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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Clara T. Bracy ...
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Rival Gang Leader
John T. Dillon ...
Policeman
Madge Kirby ...
The Little Lady's Friend / In Alley
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Snapper's Sidekick
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Rival Gang Member / In Alley / At Dance
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Rival Gang Member (as Spike Robinson)
Adolph Lestina ...
The Bartender / On Street
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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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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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Astonishingly good acting in a pioneering film
28 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

If you have ever wondered where Jimmy Cagney got some of his mannerisms, watch this film.

Elmer Booth and Harry Carey, early in the movie, portray two New York gangsters so much in the same way Cagney would 20 years later that you almost don't need any other reason to watch "Musketeers."

Watch Carey, playing an un-named character, hitch up his pants. Just great!

This is available in a poor print at YouTube, but watching it there -- or trying to -- will either irritate you or, I hope, drive you to find a good copy to own.

I saw this many years ago in a Griffith retrospective in Los Angeles, and have been in awe of it ever since.

Like so much Mr. Griffith did, it just set the standard for great film-making.


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