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A Narrow Escape (1908)

Le médecin du château (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Drama | 28 March 1908 (USA)
Two criminals lure a doctor away from his home with a phony note about a child's illness. After the doctor rushes off, the criminals break into his house and menace his wife and child. By ... See full summary »
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Two criminals lure a doctor away from his home with a phony note about a child's illness. After the doctor rushes off, the criminals break into his house and menace his wife and child. By the time the doctor realizes what has happened, his family faces a desperate situation. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 March 1908 (USA) See more »

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A Narrow Escape See more »

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Pathé Frères See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Worthwhile, early drama
7 July 2017 | by He_who_lurksSee all my reviews

This 6 minute short, made in 1908, is very well done to create suspense. The plot is actually of interest, not the typical "a thief steals something and then gets caught" kind of plot. The cross-cutting was well done, and the film managed to stay interesting throughout. It uses some rare closeups tool, and while pretty simplistic, it accomplishes its goal well.

The story is about some robbers who cleverly trick a doctor into visiting a "sick" child, and then they break in to rob the house. Another reviewer mentioned how a later Griffith movie used the same plot, in "The Lonely Villa". This might be something I might want to look at too. Also known as "The Physician of the Castle" this film does good at creating suspense. Worth a watch. Not bad.


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