Oh man, this film manages some great benchmarks as an early American gangster short - gotta love the shoot-out scene in the alley-way, the creeping close-up of Snapper Kid, and the bar scene involving the lead girl where you see his smoke puff out and him come barely into view in the side-ground - just smart uses of stationary perspective that evoke awe and envy.
If this wasn't reportedly one of the first films about organized crime, I would never have bothered. Surprisingly, I wasn't annoyed at Griffith (unlike with his bloated features), and the close up scene was great. Contrived story-wise, but that's not surprising. An interesting curiosity for gangster film fans and an early example of Anita Loos's writing. A shame Booth died so soon, he would have gone far.
Determinado como el 1er gang movie. Dos pandillas chocan y en paralelo un par de jóvenes intentan ganarse la vida frente a su pobreza. Una historia sobre la humildad y la caridad, no económica, sino humanitaria, esta manifiesta en ese "encubrimiento" al final del corto. Lo logrado: esa escena en que las pandillas van pisándose los talones entre sí, eleva un poco la tensión.
Despite glazing over certain characters/incidents in its short length, a really great film that I enjoyed more then Griffith's two epics. Also made me see P.Greenway's comment about Scorcese essentially remaking the same films Griffith made half a century earlier a lot more clearly.