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  Dorothy Bernard.
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The Girl and Her Trust
Also known as {A Girl and Her Trust}
(1912) American
B&W : One reel
Directed by D.W. Griffith

Cast: Dorothy Bernard [the girl], Wilfred Lucas [her beau], Alfred Paget, Charles Gorman, Charles H. West, Charles Hill Mailes (Charles H. Mailes), Anthony O’Sullivan, Robert Harron [the boy in the telegraph office]

Biograph Company production; distributed by The General Film Company, Incorporated. / © 28 March 1912 by Biograph Company. Released 28 March 1912. / [?] Biograph 35mm spherical format? / The film uses tight close-ups, cutback editing, and panning for reaction shots. The production was shot on-location and in studio in California. A remake of The Lonedale Operator (1911).


Synopsis: A young woman, working as a telegraph operator in a railroad station, tries to foil two bandits’ attempt to rob the station and take her captive.

Survival status: Print exists in the Library of Congress film archive (paper print collection) [35mm paper positive, with fragments and the ending missing].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Barrels - Beatings - Benches - Books - Bottles - Bows - Captures - Chases - Communication: Telegrams, Telegraphs, Telegraph operators - Crime: Kidnapping, Robbery, Theft - Criminals: Robbers, Thieves - Drinking straws - Hats: Visors - Keys: Keyholes - Kissing - Lanterns - Offices - Pencils - Pipes - Railroads: Locomotives, Railroad cars (Freight), Railroad stations, Railroad tracks - Rescues - Signage - Soda pops - Tools: Hammers, Scissors - Transportation: Hand cars, Trains, Train tracks - Tramps - Trunks - Weapons: Bullets, Guns (Pistols), Knives

Listing updated: 12 June 2016.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Barry-Griffith pp. 43, 45; Blum-Silent p. 32; Everson-American pp. 44-45, 46, 47, 57, 86c, 368; Eyman-Pickford p. 61; Fell-History pp. 56, 60, 62; Leyda-Before p. 44; Mottram-Danish pp. 100, 123; Niver-First pp. 154-155; Spehr-American p. 2.

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