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The Burglar's Dilemma (1912)

In this latter day Cain and Abel story, a jealous brother strikes down his sibling just as a young burglar is about to enter the house. The jealous brother summons police, who then charge ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... The Author
Henry B. Walthall ... The Author's Weakling Brother
Robert Harron ... The Young Burglar
Harry Carey ... The Older Crook
Lillian Gish ... Birthday Wellwisher
Dorothy Gish ... Birthday Wellwisher
Charles West Charles West ... The Doctor (as Charles H. West)
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... The Butler
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... The Policeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gertrude Bambrick Gertrude Bambrick ... Birthday Wellwisher
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... Interrogating Detective
Madge Kirby Madge Kirby ... Birthday Wellwisher
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... Birthday Wellwisher
Alfred Paget ... Interrogating Detective
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... Policeman
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In this latter day Cain and Abel story, a jealous brother strikes down his sibling just as a young burglar is about to enter the house. The jealous brother summons police, who then charge the young intruder with murder. How can the burglar prove his innocence? Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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burglar | murder | burglary | melodrama | See All (4) »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Dilema do Assaltante See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Title Card: [title card] The boy having paid the price for his offence is helped to break with the old life and rehabilitate himself.
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Robert Harron Gets the Third Degree
19 August 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Entertaining early film, directed by D.W. Griffith; "Representing the manipulation of the third degree - the fallacy of circumstantial evidence"! Herein, the third degree is issued to young burglar Robert Harron, who protests so loudly "I didn't do it!" you can almost hear him shout.

The set-up is terrific: Weak brother Henry B. Walthall lives with older and stronger Lionel Barrymore. Meanwhile, burglar Harron is goaded by older crook Harry Carey to go out and rob somebody. He will go to rob Barrymore. BUT, before he gets there, a drunken Walthall has had enough of brother Barrymore, and pops him one. When Harron arrives to rob the place, Walthall decides to frame Harron for the murder of his brother. To wit, Walthall leaves Harron locked in the house, and runs for the police.

So, Griffith sets out to prove what he calls, "The fallacy of circumstantial evidence." The film is a lot of fun - especially in the performances of Harron, Walthall, and Barrymore. The Gish sisters have a cameo. Note how Griffith sets up a parallel between the two sets of men. "The Burglar's Dilemma" ends a little too quickly, and gives away too much, but it's still excellent.

******** The Burglar's Dilemma (12/16/12) D.W. Griffith ~ Robert Harron, Henry B. Walthall, Lionel Barrymore


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