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The Mender of Nets (February 15, 1912)

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The Mender of Nets
 

Released on February 15, 1912: A young fisherman proposes to the pretty young girl who mends the fishing nets, but his old girlfriend and her brother vow revenge for dumping her in favor of the mender of nets.

Produced by D.W. Griffith

Directed by D.W. Griffith

The Actors: Mary Pickford (the mender of nets), Charles West (her betrothed), Mabel Normand (his old girlfriend), Charles Hill Mailes (his old girlfriend's brother)

 

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One Man - Two Women

The title screen says 1910, but this dramatic short was filmed in January 1912 and first appeared in theaters on February 15, 1912. Motion pictures were in their infancy and the camera work on this movie shows some advances in technique that helped D.W. Griffith become a legend of the first years of movie making. Toronto, Ontario Canada born Mary Pickford was 20 years old when she acted in this story as the mender of nets. It would only be seven years later that Ms. Pickford would become one of the founders of United Artists, and become a legend both in front of the camera and in the business end of the motion picture industry. In this short drama Charles proposes to the beautiful young girl who sits on the docks of the little fishing village and mends the nets for the fishermen, and Mary Pickford, the mender of nets, is happy beyond belief. Unfortunately Charles already had a relationship with another girl in the village who was expecting to marry him, and when his old girlfriend discovers that he is now courting the mender of nets her world is destroyed. Her older brother tries to fix things and after a short scuffle with the boy he goes home and grabs his gun, intending to kill the man who broke his little sister's heart. The rest of the story you need to see to believe, as we discover Griffith's views on what should happen to the man who loved two women, and the woman who mended the nets. Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Charles Hill Mailes and Mabel Normand
Charles Hill Mailes and Mabel Normand
Charles Hill Mailes confronts Charles West
Charles Hill Mailes confronts Charles West
Charles West and Charles Hill Mailes
Charles West and Charles Hill Mailes
Charles Hill Mailes
Charles Hill Mailes
Charles West
Charles West
Charles West, Mabel Normand and Mary Pickford
Charles West, Mabel Normand and Mary Pickford
Charles West and Mary Pickford
Charles West and Mary Pickford
Charles West and Mary Picford
Harry Ritz, Jimmy Ritz and Al Ritz
Charles West proposes to Mary Pickford
Charles West proposes to Mary Pickford
Mabel Normand and Charles Hill Mailes
Mabel Normand and Charles Hill Mailes
Mabel Normand and Charles West
Mabel Normand and Charles West
Mabel Normand
Mabel Normand
Mabel Normand pleads with Charles West
Mabel Normand pleads with Charles West
Mabel Normand catches Charles West wooing the mender of nets
Mabel Normand catches Charles West wooing the mender of nets
Mary Pickford and Charles West
Mary Pickford and Charles West
Mary Pickford comforts Mabel Normand as Charles West cowers
Mary Pickford comforts Mabel Normand as Charles West cowers
Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford and Charles Hill Mailes
Mary Pickford and Charles Hill Mailes
Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford