Getting Even (1909)

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"A contemporary comedy" was the Biograph Bulletin's description of D.W. Griffith's Getting Even. The scene is a small mining town, where all the local boys are stuck on pretty Mary Pickford. A young stranger arrives in town and is likewise smitten by the girl. In retaliation, the miners subject the poor fellow to a public humiliation. As a means of revenge, the young hero attends a costume ball in female garb, immediately entrancing the gullible miners. After forcing his tormentors to make fools of themselves to gain his (her?) attention, the young man drops his masquerade and has the last laugh. The location scenes in Getting Even were lensed in Edgewater, New Jersey.

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humiliation, mine, revenge, stranger