The Girl and Her Trust (1912)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This exciting drama from D.W. Griffith was a remake of his earlier The Lonedale Operator. Grace (Dorothy Bernard) is a telegraph operator for the train line. She is attracted to her co-worker Jack. When a bank sends $2000 on the train that is to be picked up at the telegraph office, a couple of tramps who were riding on the train break into the telegraph office and attempt to get into the strong-box. Grace puts a bullet in the key-hole of the door and hits it with a hammer and scissors to try to scare the tramps off, but they pull the strongbox out the door. She telegraphs for help and then runs outside to try to stop the robbery. The tramps kidnap her and make their escape on a railroad hand-car. However, her friend Jack races to the rescue with a train. Griffith features Bernard as a strong career-woman who works hard at her job. This film shows that after four years cranking out one or two films a week, Griffith had become a talented director. The "traveling shots" of the train speeding to the rescue, as well as quick editing, made this a suspenseful film for its day.

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bad-guy, bank, damsel-in-distress, escape, good-guy, kidnapping, rescue, robbery