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Friday, November 26, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

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This program highlights Lillian Gish’s film debut as well as her acting tutelage under American Mutoscope and Biograph director D. W. Griffith. All films directed by Griffith.
An Unseen Enemy. 1912. Screenplay by Edward Acker. With Dorothy Gish, Elmer Booth, Robert Harron. The Gish sisters play victims to their larcenous maid. Incomplete print. Approx. 14 min.
The Musketeers of Pig Alley. 1912. Screenplay by D. W. Griffith. With Walter Miller, Elmer Booth. In this view of “New York’s Other Side,” Gish’s “Little Lady” is caught in the middle of a feudal war between gangsters. Approx. 16 min.
A Misunderstood Boy. 1913. Screenplay by W. Christy Cabanne. With Robert Harron, Kate Bruce, Lionel Barrymore. A boy (Harron) flees from vigilantes in this comedy set in the old West. Approx. 14 min.
A Timely Interception. 1913. Screenplay by W. Christy Cabanne. With Robert Harron, W. Chrystie Miller, Lionel Barrymore. A farmer’s daughter (Gish) postpones her wedding in order to lend money to her uncle (Barrymore) who was recently fired from the oil fields. However, oil turns out to be their saving grace. Incomplete print. Approx. 6 min.
The Lady and the Mouse. 1913. Screenplay by D. W. Griffith. With Dorothy Gish, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Hyde. Gish plays a young woman who shows sympathy to both mouse and man. Her compassion is repaid when a benefactor helps her sick sister. Approx. 14 min.
Silent, with musical accompaniment by Stuart Oderman

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