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The Little Girl Next Door: One reel, approx. 1,000 feet, released November 1, 1912
Tragic drama with a moral lesson, features the "Thanhouser Twins" Marion and Madeline Fairbanks.
Directed by Lucius Henderson. Scenario by Philip Lonergan.
Print source: Essex Films, 14 minutes, 20 seconds.
Cast: William Garwood (the husband), Marguerite Snow (the wife), Marion and Madeline Fairbanks (Helen Randall and Ruth Foster), William Russell (the other father).
Original music composed and performed by Ray Brubacher thanhouser.org/people/Rayb.htm.
The “Thanhouser Twins,” Marion and Madeline Fairbanks, are featured in this tragic drama with a moral lesson. Although limited by the constraints of one-reel storytelling, the scenario (the first by Philip Lonergan, the brother of story department head Lloyd Lonergan) is a well-rounded and engaging one. The naturalistic acting is quite sophisticated for the time.
This film is available on DVD from Thanhouser Film Company Preservation, Inc. at thanhouser.org