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Suspense (1913)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Thriller | 6 July 1913 (USA)
An isolated house in deserted area is too remote for a servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door, and puts the key under the mat. Alone in the house is a mother and her infant... See full summary »

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Lois Weber (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lois Weber ... The Wife
Val Paul Val Paul ... The Husband
Douglas Gerrard Douglas Gerrard ... The Pursuer
Sam Kaufman Sam Kaufman ... The Tramp
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An isolated house in deserted area is too remote for a servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door, and puts the key under the mat. Alone in the house is a mother and her infant. A tramp watches the servant leave, then begins to skulk. The woman sees him outside as he discovers the latchkey. She phones her husband, who's working in town, and he jumps into a car idling in front of his office. He races toward home while the car's owner (and the police) are in pursuit. The tramp grabs a knife and heads up the stairs toward the defenseless woman. Can the husband elude the police long enough to rescue her or will the tramp have his way? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Face Downstairs See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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A print survives in the National Film Archives, in London and was preserved by the British Film Institute. See more »

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The Wife: [on the phone with her husband, telling him about the tramp] Now he is opening the kitchen door. Now he is in the...
[the tramp saws through the phone wire]
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Featured in Lost L.A.: Dream Factory (2017) See more »

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Suspense
23 January 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Whereas many surviving short films from the early days of silent movies tend to be comedies.

Suspense is far from it and the Tramp is far from lovable.

It was co-directed by Lois Weber who also wrote it and stars in it. Unfortunately such a pioneering female filmmaker goes for the helpless woman in peril role.

Weber is a wife and mother to a baby in a isolated house. Her maid quits without telling her and just leaves a note behind.

A wandering Tramp sneaks into the house. The woman rings her husband before the line is cut by the Tramp. Can the husband quickly get to her before the Tramp.

There are some good shots of the Tramp, such as a overhead view as he looks up. There is a car chase scene.

Although films containing suspense will develop, this was a film that contained it effectively.


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