4.9/10
15
1 user

A Cry for Help (1912)

Knocked down by an automobile, the intoxicated tramp is taken to the doctor's house, received and treated to a square meal. The husband of a patient has just died, calls on the doctor, ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

Edward Acker
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In this latter day Cain and Abel story, a jealous brother strikes down his sibling just as a young burglar is about to enter the house. The jealous brother summons police, who then charge ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Henry B. Walthall, Robert Harron
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The young village minister was not quite as discreet as he might have been in fulfilling the strange trust left by the dying mother, but it certainly worked for the common good. By the ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Mary Pickford, Charles Hill Mailes, Kate Bruce
Romance | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A very pretty girl, is always surrounded by many male admirers, much to the dismay of one very shy fellow, who never can get a chance to speak with her. One day the girl visits a friend in ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Walter Miller, Mary Pickford, L.M. Wells
Crime | Short | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The physician's death orphans his two adolescent daughters. Their older brother is able to convert some of the doctor's small estate to cash. But it is late in the day, and with the banks ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Elmer Booth
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A lonely young woman lives with her strict father who forbids her to wear make-up. One day at an ice cream social, she meets a young man you seems interested in her. However, unknown to her... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Blanche Sweet, Madge Kirby, Charles Hill Mailes
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Calumny is one of the most despicable crimes against our neighbor, and while the wife in this story acted conventionally, she nevertheless maligned the other woman simply because of her ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Henry B. Walthall, Claire McDowell, Florence Geneva
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

As the husband leaves for the lumber regions, his wife gives him a memory message to be opened after his arrival. Attracted by a maid, cherished by the love of two old brothers, he forgets ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Elmer Booth, Grace Lewis, Lionel Barrymore
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Lionel Barrymore ... The Tramp
Lillian Gish ... The Maid
Walter Miller ... The Doctor
Harry Carey ... The Thief
Claire McDowell ... The Thief's Wife - the Charity Patient
Robert Harron ... Witness to Accident
Dorothy Gish ... Witness to Accident
Christy Cabanne ... Witness to Accident (as W. Christy Cabanne)
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... Policeman / Witness to Accident
Alfred Paget ... Policeman
Edit

Storyline

Knocked down by an automobile, the intoxicated tramp is taken to the doctor's house, received and treated to a square meal. The husband of a patient has just died, calls on the doctor, intending to kill him. The grief-crazed man is foiled several times by the return of the tramp, whom the maid at last pushes out of the house. She hears the doctor struggling with his assailant and faints. The tramp hears the doctor's cry for help and enters by a rear window, despite the objections of a policeman, in time to save his benefactor. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Edited into Film Fun (1955) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Lengthens out the suspense in a probable, convincing and semi-humorous way
20 April 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This picture has a dramatic climax that is fresh enough, but that reminds us of several other Biograph offerings; it is a picture with a struggle between an unarmed man, on one side of a door, and a madman with a pistol, on the other. Its freshness comes from the trouble a tramp, whom he had befriended, has in rescuing him. A policeman seeing this rough looking man climbing in a window, hinders him and lengthens out the suspense in a probable, convincing and semi-humorous way that is very entertaining. There are three chief characters and, for more than half the film, these kept appearing without any definite relationship. The situation might have been stated more quickly. - The Moving Picture World, January 4, 1913


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed