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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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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Cast overview:
Elmer Booth ... The Snapper Kid - Musketeers Gang Leader
Lillian Gish ... The Little Lady
Clara T. Bracy ... The Little Lady's Mother
Walter Miller ... The Musician
Alfred Paget ... The Rival Gang Leader
Madge Kirby Madge Kirby ... The Little Lady's Friend / In Alley
Harry Carey ... Snapper's Lieutenant
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... The Policeman
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... The Bartender / On Street
Jack Pickford ... Rival Gang Member / At Dance
Robert Harron ... Rival Gang Member / In Alley / At Dance
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... Rival Gang Member (as Spike Robinson)
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Storyline

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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One good turn deserves another.

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Short | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pig Alley muskétásai See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In a street sequence, a young girl can be seen staring at the camera. This was not a mistake; D.W. Griffith had noticed that, in documentary films, people tended to stare at the camera, and felt that having her do just that would make the scene feel more realistic. See more »

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Astonishingly good acting in a pioneering film
28 February 2010 | by morrisonhimselfSee 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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