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The Usurer
(1910) American
B&W : One reel / 994 feet
Directed by D.W. Griffith

Cast: George O. Nicholls [H. Ryker, the moneylender], Grace Henderson, Florence Barker, Alfred Paget, Anthony O’Sullivan, Edward Dillon, Francis J. Grandon, Kate Bruce [the debtor with an ill daughter], Henry B. Walthall [the suicidal debtor], Claire McDowell [the mother], [?] Gladys Egan? [her daughter], [?] Mary Pickford?, [?] Henry Lehrman? [moustached dinner party server]

Biograph Company production; distributed by Biograph Company. / Scenario by D.W. Griffith. Cinematography by G.W. Bitzer. / © 18 August 1910 by Biograph Company [J144488]. Released 15 August 1910. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was shot in Biograph’s 14th Street Studio, New York, New York, on 10 and 15 July 1910. The Biograph ‘AB’ logomark is seen on interior sets throughout the film. The Before Hollywood Project restored the film’s original intertitles to restoration prints.


Survival status: Prints exist in the Library of Congress film archive (paper print collection) [35mm paper positive]; and in the Museum of Modern Art film archive.

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Death: Suffocation, Suicide - Evictions - Jewelry - Medical: Illness - Police: Policemen - Safes - Weapons: Guns: Pistols

Listing updated: 6 May 2010.

References: Film viewing : Barry-Griffith p. 42; Everson-American p. 50; Leyda-Before pp. 10, 23, 82, 141; Sloan-Loud pp. 17, 25-26, 28, 152; Spehr-American p. 4 : Website-AFI.

Home video: DVD.

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