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Friends (1912)

The orphan Dora is courted by two different gold miners.

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mary Pickford ... Dora - the Orphan
Henry B. Walthall ... Dandy Jack
Lionel Barrymore ... Grizzly Fallon - Dandy Jack's Friend
Harry Carey ... Bob Kyne - the Prospector
Charles Hill Mailes ... The Bartender
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At the mining-camp of Golden Creek, the little orphan girl of the late proprietor of Golden Creek Inn is the pet of all the miners. Her father had long been their great friend and adviser, and hence his little daughter always commanded their greatest respect. She becomes greatly infatuated with Dandy Jack, who is considered by all as her sweetheart. Jack decides to leave the camp for other diggings, and the little one is almost heartbroken. As he is leaving, he meets Bob, his old chum, who has just arrived at the camp. Their greeting shows clearly the value of that little word "friends." Later on, Bob comes to the Inn and falls deeply in love with the little orphan, who has realized by this time that her feeling for Jack was infatuation rather than love. Hence she and Bob are engaged to be married. Shortly before the day set for the wedding, Jack returns and is twitted by the boys about the apparently fickle girl, whereupon he wagers that he can win her back, not knowing, of course, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Short | Western | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigos See more »

Filming Locations:

Coytesville, New Jersey, USA

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Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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According to a 1959 interview on CBC Radio with Mary Pickford, a shot of her in this film was the first ever closeup shot in a motion picture. See more »

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Love Wild West style
21 August 2008 | by adt125See all my reviews

When love leaves, then a woman needs to take the first best thing that next comes along, when you are out in the west. Doesn't take long for the abandoned woman to take up with another man.

Also seems to be a mate-ship message here from Griffith's - don't let a woman come between you and a mate, in the Wild West at least.

Barrymore looks like John Wayne in this, until the hat comes off. It is again interesting to see that Mary Pickford moves slowly and also uses her hands often and tenderly when with another - a habit of hers. I wonder if she was consciously slowing her movements down to make her movements appear smoother on screen. It is noticeable in a number of her films.

Also nice to be able to lip read Pickford when she is talking from the stairs..."Come up stairs" "come on"

I have only seen a a bad quality copy of this film but it is most obvious that Mary Pickford would have looked absolutely gorgeous in the clear fresh film of 1912.

We shouldn't forget the cowboy at the front in the saloon, who adds a lot of character to the scenes. It looked pretty much like Elmer Booth who was another fine up and coming actor of the time. He was the lead in a excellent little film with Mary Pickford - The Narrow Road (1912). Sadly he died as a passenger in a car accident in 1915. As reported in the New York Times of the day.


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