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So Near, Yet So Far (1912)

A very pretty girl, is always surrounded by many male admirers, much to the dismay of one very shy fellow, who never can get a chance to speak with her. One day the girl visits a friend in ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

Writer:

George Hennessy
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Cast

Credited cast:
Walter Miller ... Howard
Mary Pickford ... The Young Woman
L.M. Wells L.M. Wells ... The Young Woman's Father (unconfirmed)
Robert Harron ... The Rival / In Club
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lionel Barrymore ... In Club
Elmer Booth ... A Thief
Christy Cabanne ... In Club / On Street (as W. Christy Cabanne)
Harry Carey ... A Thief
Courtenay Foote ... In Club
Florence Geneva Florence Geneva ... On Street
Dorothy Gish ... A Friend
Lillian Gish ... A Friend
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... In Club
Charles Hill Mailes ... Rich Man in Other Town
Claire McDowell ... Rich Woman in Other Town
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A very pretty girl, is always surrounded by many male admirers, much to the dismay of one very shy fellow, who never can get a chance to speak with her. One day the girl visits a friend in another town and by coincidence the shy fellow is staying at the same house. Next morning the girl's friend must leave her to run an errand. The girl hears a strange noise coming from one of the rooms. Not knowing the shy fellow is there, she locks the door of his room. Meanwhile, two burglars have broken in and seize the screaming girl. Hearing her scream and unable to break down the locked door, the young fellow climbs out of the window. He races into the room and scares the burglars, who make their escape. The girl, now being in such an hysterical state, does not recognize the shy fellow. She runs screaming from the house with the fellow after her. Finally his identity is revealed, and the very surprised grateful girl, shakes the hand of the now happy hero. Written by Pamela Short

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Romance | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tan cerca y tan lejos 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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Speaking Up in a Silent Picture
14 April 2011 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Walter Miller loves Mary Pickford, but he is very shy and doesn't dare to speak up, so she prefers Bobby Harron. All perfectly natural. But one morning when Walter is nursing a hangover, Elmer Booth and Harry Carey break into her apartment and threaten her, until Walter rushes in to her rescue.

What a cast! Yet, it's a standard work by Griffith, so why do I rate this a superior work? Because of Griffith constant and fluid editorial work. There doesn't seem to be more than five seconds to any shot, and there's a lot of cutting to indicate simultaneity of action. The whole plot is reduced to a brief prequel, setting up the situation and then boom! you're in the action. It's a bravura exposition of editing and worthwhile simply on those terms.


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