The Burglars Dilemma

21 Feb

The Burglars Dilemma, a 1912 Short film directed by DW Griffith, is a story akin to that of Cain and Abel. Lionel Barrymore both wrote and starred in the film. A jealous brother knocks out his sibling, just in time for a burglar to enter the house and take the blame for his deed. The jealous brother uses this opportunity, but the brother eventually awakens. The text panels help this story progress greatly, and Griffith does a good job of creating suspense, and keeps the audience wondering how the event will finally transpire. With this film, Griffith hoped to comment on the problems of circumstantial evidence with this film, and he does just that.


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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in D.W. Griffith, Pre-1920


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