The Mender of Nets (1912)

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Mary Pickford plays a fisherman's daughter who mends her father's fishing nets. A young man (Charles H. West) falls in love and proposes marriage to her. However, this man has done something to "dishonor" another woman (Mabel Normand). Mabel's brother finds out that the man will not marry his sister and attempts to kill him. Pickford begs for her fiance's life, and she convinces her fiance that he should marry the other woman instead. Wiping away her tears, she goes back to mending her father's nets. Director D.W. Griffith uses his famous cross-cutting technique here as the brother stalks the girls' lover, and the women try to save his life. This film is fast-paced and had skillful editing, as most of Griffith's later shorts do.

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brother, daughter, dishonorable-discharge, fisherman, honor [recognition], love, revenge, romance, star-crossed-lovers, tragic-love