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A Burglar's Mistake (1909)

Henry is being blackmailed. When the blackmailer breaks into his house, Henry apprehends him at gunpoint and takes the opportunity to rid himself of the blackmailer's threat.


D.W. Griffith


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... Henry Newman
Charles Inslee ... Dick Folsom
Marion Leonard ... Mrs. Newman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adele DeGarde ... One of the Children
Robert Harron ... The Messenger
Raymond Hatton ... At Folsom's / Secretary (unconfirmed)
Arthur V. Johnson ... Policeman
David Miles ... At Folsom's
Owen Moore ... At Folsom's
Herbert Prior ... Policeman
Gertrude Robinson ... One of the Children
Mack Sennett ... At Folsom's / Policeman
Dorothy West ... One of the Children


A thrilling story of an attempt at blackmail. How many of us are wont to look back and wish that we might blot out from our memory the ever recurring specter of the follies of our youth. Such was the experience of Henry J. Newman, a wealthy banker, who, in the flippant Spring of his life was guilty of a slight indiscretion which now in the sober Autumn of his existence seems so iniquitous that he fain would forget it, and above all keep it from knowledge of his family, not that it was enormous, for it was not, as Newman was a man whose standard of morals was high. However, this one false step was known of by Dick Folson, an unconscionable wretch, who, knowing Newman's sensitive nature, sees in the episode an elegant chance for graft, or rather blackmail, which he proceeds to take advantage of. He writes a letter to Newman telling him he has convincing proof of the affair and asking if it is worth to him $300 a month to keep mum. If not Mrs. Newman will be apprised of all. The letter ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A thrilling story of an attempt at Blackmail









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25 March 1909 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The Distribution of Power
13 February 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

This short film is really about the distribution of power that is accessible by the mainstream. The 34 year old D.W. Griffith encourages and reinforces homogeneity through his characters, excluding all forms of diversity.

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