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A Girl's Stratagem (1913)

The young man has been deceiving his mother in his letters home and upon the reception of a letter from her his better self is for the moment aroused, but only for the moment, as he finds ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

George Hennessy
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mae Marsh ... The Young Woman
Harry Carey ... The Girl's Sweetheart
Charles West Charles West ... The Lead Burglar
Lionel Barrymore
Kate Bruce ... The Girl's Mother
W. Chrystie Miller ... The Girl's Father
Dell Henderson ... A Loafer
Alfred Paget ... The Saloon Keeper
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The young man has been deceiving his mother in his letters home and upon the reception of a letter from her his better self is for the moment aroused, but only for the moment, as he finds evil associates hard to ignore. But it seems that the letter has brought with it a blessing and his mother's prayers have been heard because his meeting with a young woman in the tenement district proves to be his moral uplift. She, by a clever scheme, prevents him from committing a crime which would have been his irretrievable downfall. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1913 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The players now and then seem all arms and hands
13 August 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

By the stratagem of the girl her lover is kept from taking part in a "little job," and so is kept from being arrested with his pals. He then braces up and becomes a good workman. In the way the picture is written and in its general conduct it is a typical Biograph story. The action is held in pretty closely to its center of interest, and the scene-making searchlight snaps back and forth from one actor to another and seems to pick out the different elements of the situation almost simultaneously. This is a speedy method and makes the picture, as a whole, clear at the expense, now and then, of the acting. The scenes change so fast that the players now and then seem all arms and hands. Mae Marsh plays the girl; Kate Bruce, her mother; W.C. Miller, her father; Harry Carey, her sweetheart. On the other side of the situation are Charles West, leader of burglars; Del Henderson, a loafer with a comical run; Alfred Paget, a saloon keeper, and the policemen. It held the audience and is probably the best among today's releases, several of which are split reels. The photography is clear. - The Moving Picture World, March 22, 1913


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