Actress

Lillian Gish

  • Oct 14, 1893 - Feb 27, 1993 (age 99)
  • 5' 5" (1.66 m)
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2017
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
MovieOct 11, 2017

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Literary icon Joan Didion …
Literary icon Joan Didion reflects on her remarkable career and personal struggles in this intimate documentary directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne.
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2011
These Amazing Shadows
MovieJan 22, 2011

These Amazing Shadows

Tells the history and …
Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.
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1993
Lillian Gish
PersonalFebruary 1993

Lillian Gish

Lillian Gish passed away.
1988
Best Female Lead
Nomination1988

Best Female Lead

Nominated for "The Whales of August".
Independent Spirit Award
1987
The Whales of August
MovieAug 19, 1987

The Whales of August

Two aged sisters reflect on life and the past during a late …
Two aged sisters reflect on life and the past during a late summer day in Maine.
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Best Actress
Award1987

Best Actress

Won award for "The Whales of August".
National Board of Review Award
1986
Sweet Liberty
MovieMay 14, 1986

Sweet Liberty

After selling the rights of his book to a movie …
After selling the rights of his book to a movie production company, a writer finds himself fighting the many egos and varying views around him.
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1984
Hambone and Hillie
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MovieApr 24, 1984

Hambone and Hillie

A dog (Hambone) treks from New York City to Los …
A dog (Hambone) treks from New York City to Los Angeles to be reunited with his owner (Hillie), meeting a host of helpers along the way.
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Award1984

AFI Life Achievement Award

Won AFI Life Achievement Award.
1983
Hobson's Choice
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MovieDec 21, 1983

Hobson's Choice

Daughter of the owner of a shoe store rebels against her …
Daughter of the owner of a shoe store rebels against her father by marrying one of his employees.
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1982
Award1982

Kennedy Center Honors

Won Kennedy Center Honors.
1981
Thin Ice
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MovieFeb 17, 1981

Thin Ice

A teacher falls in love with a student, and deals with the …
A teacher falls in love with a student, and deals with the reactions of the people around her.
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1978
A Wedding
MovieAug 29, 1978

A Wedding

The daughter of a Louisville truck driver marries the …
The daughter of a Louisville truck driver marries the scion of a very wealthy family, but reception at the family estate is boycotted by the invited guests.
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1970
Award1970

Academy Honorary Award

Won Academy Honorary Award.
1969
Arsenic and Old Lace
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MovieApr 2, 1969

Arsenic and Old Lace

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his …
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.
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1967
The Comedians
MovieOct 31, 1967

The Comedians

Set in the Haiti of "Papa Doc" Duvalier, this movie tells …
Set in the Haiti of "Papa Doc" Duvalier, this movie tells the story of a sardonic Welsh hotel owner and his encroaching fatalism as he watches Haiti sink into barbarism and poverty. Complications include his inability to sell the hotel so he can leave, a friendship with a rebel leader, some politically "charged" hotel guests, an affair with the German-born wife of a South American ambassador, and the manipulations of a British arms dealer who's in over his head.
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Warning Shot
MovieJan 18, 1967

Warning Shot

During a stakeout, an L.A. cop kills a doctor who …
During a stakeout, an L.A. cop kills a doctor who presumably pulled a gun but the coroner's inquest finds no gun, forcing the cop to look for it to clear his name.
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Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nomination1967

Best Supporting Actress – Motion Pict…

Nominated for "The Comedians".
Golden Globe Award
1966
Follow Me, Boys!
MovieAug 24, 1966

Follow Me, Boys!

Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a …
Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a dream of becoming a lawyer. Deciding to settle down, he finds a job as a stockboy in the general store of a small town. Trying to fit in, he volunteers to become scoutmaster of the newly formed Troop 1. Becoming more and more involved with the scout troop, he finds his plans to become a lawyer being put on the back burner, until he realizes that his life has been fulfilled helping the youth of the small town.
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1961
The Spiral Staircase
MovieOct 4, 1961

The Spiral Staircase

Based on the screenplay by Mel Dinelli, this story revolves …
Based on the screenplay by Mel Dinelli, this story revolves around Helen Warren, a beautiful mute girl, who becomes the target of a mysterious killer who preys on young handicapped women.
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1960
The Unforgiven
MovieApr 6, 1960

The Unforgiven

The neighbors of a frontier family turn on them when it is …
The neighbors of a frontier family turn on them when it is suspected that their adopted daughter was stolen from the local Kiowa tribe.
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1955
The Night of the Hunter
MovieJul 26, 1955

The Night of the Hunter

It's the Great Depression. …
It's the Great Depression. In the process of robbing a bank of $10,000, Ben Harper kills two people. Before he is captured, he is able to convince his adolescent son John and his daughter Pearl not to tell anyone, including their mother Willa, where he hid the money, namely in Pearl's favorite toy, a doll that she carries everywhere with her. Ben, who is captured, tried and convicted, is sentenced to death. But before he is executed, Ben is in the state penitentiary with a cell mate, a man by the name of Harry Powell, a self-professed man of the cloth, who is really a con man and murderer, swindling lonely women, primarily rich widows, of their money before he kills them. Harry does whatever he can, unsuccessfully, to find out the location of the $10,000 from Ben. After Ben's execution, Harry decides that Willa will be his next mark, figuring that someone in the family knows where the money is hidden. Despite vowing not to remarry, Willa ends up being easy prey for Harry's outward evangelicalism; she is a pious woman who feels she needs to atone for her sins which led to Ben doing what he did, especially as Harry presents himself as the preacher who worked at the prison and provided salvation to Ben before his death. Harry quickly figures out that John and Pearl know where the money is. Conversely, John doesn't trust Harry, John who first tries not to show to Harry that he indeed does know where the money is, and then second constantly reminds a more-trusting Pearl of their promise to their now-deceased father. With Willa devoted to her new husband, John and Pearl need some other adult assistance in evading Harry's veiled threats, an adult who not only can see the honesty and goodness in children but who can also see a true wolf in sheep's clothing like Harry.
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The Cobweb
MovieJun 15, 1955

The Cobweb

At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are …
At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head, Dr. Stewart McIver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to design and make new drapes for the library. Mrs. Karen McIver, who is neglected by her hardworking husband (and a bit unbalanced herself), wants to make her mark on the clinic, so she orders new drapes. Miss Inch, the business manager, who has been with the clinic longer than anyone, sees this as an intrusion into her territory, and she too orders drapes. All this puts everyone in a dither, as they fight over drapes and clinic politics.
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1953
The Trip to Bountiful
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MovieMar 1, 1953

The Trip to Bountiful

The Trip to Bountiful is a …
The Trip to Bountiful is a TV movie directed by Vincent J. Donehue, premiered March 1, 1953 on NBC-TV, before being produced on the Broadway stage.
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1948
Portrait of Jennie
MovieDec 25, 1948

Portrait of Jennie

Eben Adams is a talented but struggling artist in …
Eben Adams is a talented but struggling artist in Depression era New York who has never been able to find inspiration for a painting. One day, after he finally finds someone to buy a painting from him, a pretty but odd young girl named Jennie Appleton appears and strikes up an unusual friendship with Eben.
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1946
Duel in the Sun
MovieDec 29, 1946

Duel in the Sun

When her father is hanged for shooting his wife and her …
When her father is hanged for shooting his wife and her lover, half-breed Pearl Chavez goes to live with distant relatives in Texas. Welcomed by Laura Belle and her elder lawyer son Jesse, she meets with hostility from the ranch-owner himself, wheelchair-bound Senator Jackson McCanles, and with lustful interest from womanising, unruly younger son Lewt. Almost at once, already existing family tensions are exacerbated by her presence and the way she is physically drawn to Lewt.
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Miss Susie Slagle's
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MovieFeb 6, 1946

Miss Susie Slagle's

Miss Susie Slagle's has opened her large home as a …
Miss Susie Slagle's has opened her large home as a boarding house for medical students in Baltimore. The young men are encouraged by the compassionate Miss Susie as each struggles with the pressures of becoming doctors. One of her student boarders contracts diphtheria and dies, his loving fiancée, a student nurse bravely puts her grief aside to fulfill their dream of helping the poor in China. Finally the school year ends and Miss Susie wishes each of her boarders good success as she prepares once more to welcome a new group of eager young students.
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Best Supporting Actress
Nomination1946

Best Supporting Actress

Nominated for "Duel in the Sun".
Academy Award
1942
Commandos Strike at Dawn
MovieDec 30, 1942

Commandos Strike at Dawn

A gentle widower, enraged …
A gentle widower, enraged at Nazi atrocities against his peaceful Norwegian fishing village, escapes to Britain and returns leading a commando force against the oppressors.
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1933
His Double Life
MovieDec 15, 1933

His Double Life

Priam Farrel is a celebrated artist but a social recluse. …
Priam Farrel is a celebrated artist but a social recluse. When his valet dies of a sudden illness, a mix-up leads to the body being identified as Farrel's. The timid artist then assumes the...
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1930
One Romantic Night
MovieMay 3, 1930

One Romantic Night

A scheming mother wishes to make a succesful match …
A scheming mother wishes to make a succesful match between her daughter and a prince, yet another man, a commoner, may stand in the way.
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1928
The Wind
MovieSep 15, 1928

The Wind

A frail young woman from the east moves in with her …
A frail young woman from the east moves in with her cousin in the west, where she causes tension within the family and is slowly driven mad.
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1927
Annie Laurie
MovieMay 11, 1927

Annie Laurie

The story of the famous battle between the Scots clans of …
The story of the famous battle between the Scots clans of Macdonald and Campbell, and the young woman who comes between them, Annie Laurie.
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1926
The Scarlet Letter
MovieAug 9, 1926

The Scarlet Letter

After having a child out of wedlock, a young Puritan …
After having a child out of wedlock, a young Puritan woman is pressured to reveal the name of her lover.
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La Bohème
MovieFeb 24, 1926

La Bohème

It is 1830 in Paris and the rent is due, but the money is not …
It is 1830 in Paris and the rent is due, but the money is not there. An article here, a painting there and a monkey with a cup gives them enough money for the rent, but not for food. Fortunately, Musette from downstairs has enough food for everyone including Mimi - the poor little waif from next door who Rodolphe has met. But Count Paul also has his lusting eye on Mimi and uses her embroidery to get close to her. Rodolphe and Mimi fall in love and Mimi works endlessly to support Rodolphe who is writing his play with a new found passion. He does not know that he has been discharged from writing for 'Dog and Cat Fanciers'. Mimi wants to get his play produced and Count Paul offers to help, but there is a terrible fight when Rodolphe thinks that Mimi is faithless to him with Count Paul. After the fight, he seeks out a doctor as she is sick, but she has left when Rodolphe returns and will stay away until his play is finished.
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1924
Romola
MovieDec 6, 1924

Romola

In Renaissance Florence, Tito, a no-good young man …
In Renaissance Florence, Tito, a no-good young man pretending to be a scholar, wins the admiration of a blind man who has long looked for someone to finish his scholarly work. He has a ...
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1923
The White Sister
MovieSep 5, 1923

The White Sister

Lillian Gish is the daughter of a rich Italian count who is …
Lillian Gish is the daughter of a rich Italian count who is killed in a fall from his horse. Though Lillian stands to inherit a large estate, her older half-sister burns the will and thus inherits the property herself, throwing Lillian into poverty. Fortunately, she is engaged to marry the dashing officer Ronald Coleman, but he is captured by Arabs on an expedition to Africa. Dedicating her life to his memory, Lillian becomes a nun, unaware that her lover has escaped his captors and returning to Italy! The climax takes place against a backdrop of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
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1921
Orphans of the Storm
MovieDec 28, 1921

Orphans of the Storm

Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the …
Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way.
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1920
Way Down East
MovieSep 3, 1920

Way Down East

A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a …
A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life despite the taint of having borne a child out of wedlock.
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1919
True Heart Susie
MovieJun 1, 1919

True Heart Susie

Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor …
Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor boy, William. She believes in him and sacrifices much of her own happiness to promote his own ambitions, all without his knowledge. Eventually he rises to a position of success and sophistication, and Susie realizes that she has through her own efforts raised him to a level where he is inaccessible to her.
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Broken Blossoms
MovieMay 13, 1919

Broken Blossoms

A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's …
A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences.
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1918
Hearts of the World
MovieMar 12, 1918

Hearts of the World

Young lovers in a French village are torn apart with the …
Young lovers in a French village are torn apart with the coming of the Great War.
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1916
Intolerance
MovieSep 5, 1916

Intolerance

The story of a poor young woman, separated by …
The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.
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Daphne and the Pirate
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MovieMar 5, 1916

Daphne and the Pirate

Philip de Mornay, a …
Philip de Mornay, a courtier in the French royal court of the 18th century, falls in love with Daphne La Tour, the daughter of a nobleman. Knowing that her family would never approve of their marriage, he takes her and hides her in a brothel, but is soon captured by pirates. Soldiers looking for women to bring with them to a settlement across the ocean in Louisiana raid the brothel and take the girls, including Daphne. Later on the trip to the new world their ship is attacked by pirates--and she discovers that her lover Philip is on board the pirate ship.
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1915
Enoch Arden
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MovieApr 8, 1915

Enoch Arden

A hundred years ago in a little seaside village, lived and …
A hundred years ago in a little seaside village, lived and played three children, Philip Ray, Annie Lee and Enoch Arden, the latter an orphan. They grew up together and both boys fell in love with Annie Lee. She chose Enoch Arden. Philip, however, remained their friend. Years passed. The son and daughter of Enoch Arden and Annie Lee grew to be seven years of age. One day Enoch was hurt and found it to advantage to sail on a long voyage, the only work he could find to support his family. For ten years Annie and the children waited for his return. Philip cared for her and her children, sent the latter to school and urged Annie to marry him. since Arden apparently was dead and would never come back. She finally consented and they were married. On an island far away, Enoch Arden was alive, having been wrecked and was finally, after some years, picked up by a passing boat and sent home. Arriving there he discovers how good Philip had been to his children and how finally he had married Annie and took care of her. Without disclosing himself to either of them, he goes away, first telling his story to an old woman of the village. At the close of the day he dies on the seashore.
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The Birth of a Nation
MovieFeb 8, 1915

The Birth of a Nation

Two brothers, Phil and …
Two brothers, Phil and Ted Stoneman, visit their friends in Piedmont, South Carolina: the family Cameron. This friendship is affected by the Civil War, as the Stonemans and the Camerons must join up opposite armies. The consequences of the War in their lives are shown in connection to major historical events, like the development of the Civil War itself, Lincoln's assassination, and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.
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1914
The Rebellion of Kitty Belle
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MovieJun 14, 1914

The Rebellion of Kitty Belle

Kitty, the pretty young wife …
Kitty, the pretty young wife of a Texas businessman, feels neglected and unwanted as her husband pays more attention to his business interests than he does to her and spends more and more time away from home. A handsome young neighbor notices her emotional state and decides to try to take advantage of it. In her confused and lonely condition, Kitty finds herself attracted to the man and begins to think about running away with him.
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Lord Chumley
MovieJun 14, 1914

Lord Chumley

After Gasper La Sage and his cohort, Blink Blunk, are …
After Gasper La Sage and his cohort, Blink Blunk, are released from prison, they make plans for another robbery. The scheme, which requires La Sage to pose as a gentleman, fails. Blunk is arrested, but La Sage goes free. Some time later, La Sage goes to England where he blackmails Lt. Hugh Butterworth, an officer who misappropriated money intended for the widow of a fellow officer, and who owes La Sage money for gambling debts. As payment, La Sage wants Hugh to arrange for him to marry Eleanor, Hugh's sister. Hugh tells his friend Lord Chumley about La Sage, however, and Chumley is able to learn about La Sage's past when he overhears Blunk, now out of jail, threaten his former friend. After La Sage intensifies his suit for Eleanor, Chumley is finally able to discredit him by tearing open his shirt and revealing the mark of the prison. With La Sage out of the way, Chumley and Eleanor announce their engagement as do Hugh and his faithful sweetheart, Jessie.
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Home, Sweet Home
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MovieMay 14, 1914

Home, Sweet Home

John Howard Payne at his most miserable point in life, …
John Howard Payne at his most miserable point in life, writes a song which becomes popular and inspires other people at some point in their lives.
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Judith of Bethulia
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MovieMar 8, 1914

Judith of Bethulia

A religious woman seeks to save her people from …
A religious woman seeks to save her people from destruction by seducing and murdering the enemy leader, but her plans get complicated once she falls for him.
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1913
The Mothering Heart
MovieJun 21, 1913

The Mothering Heart

Always mothering something the girl came into her own. So …
Always mothering something the girl came into her own. So through the mother spirit she yielded to her young admirer's persuasions. He was such a sorry young person. Soon her sacrificing heart brightened the path of the struggling husband, her own heartaches forgotten for her loved one. With prosperity came the idle woman and a young wife's struggle against the truth. A new light broke, then darkened, but shone again the clearer.
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Just Gold
MovieMay 24, 1913

Just Gold

The brothers choose between love and gold. The three …
The brothers choose between love and gold. The three brothers sought the gold regions. The fourth chose to be a stay-at-home. He sought just love, and love was his reward: in the happiness of two old parents and the heart of a sweet girl. But those in the gold regions, each for himself, seeking just gold, found their ill rewards in the sordid earth of the Bad Lands.
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The House of Darkness
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MovieMay 10, 1913

The House of Darkness

A potentially violent patient …
A potentially violent patient in an insane asylum is calmed when he hears a nurse playing the piano. But shortly afterwards he breaks free, eludes his pursuers, and acquires a gun. He soon ...
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1912
The New York Hat
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MovieDec 5, 1912

The New York Hat

The young village minister was not quite as discreet as he …
The young village minister was not quite as discreet as he might have been in fulfilling the strange trust left by the dying mother, but it certainly worked for the common good. By the bequest the mother desired that her daughter possess some of the finery previously denied her. As a result the minister and Mary were linked in a scandal, with the church board in judgment. Gossip received the laugh, however, as it generally does, while the minister assumed a trust quite unexpected.
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The Musketeers of Pig Alley
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MovieOct 31, 1912

The Musketeers of Pig Alley

A young wife and her …
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?
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An Unseen Enemy
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MovieSep 9, 1912

An Unseen Enemy

The physician's death orphans his two adolescent …
The physician's death orphans his two adolescent daughters. Their older brother is able to convert some of the doctor's small estate to cash. But it is late in the day, and with the banks closed he stores the money in his father's household safe. The slatternly housekeeper, aware of the money, enlists a criminal acquaintance to crack the safe. She attempts to get into the adjacent room where the sisters tremble in fear, but finds that the door is locked. The drunken housekeeper menaces them by brandishing a gun through a hole in the wall. But the resourceful girls use the telephone to call their brother who has returned to town. He gets the message and organizes a rescue party.
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1893
Lillian Gish
BirthOctober 1893

Lillian Gish

Lillian Gish was born.
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