Shoulder Arms 1918

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Charlie is a boot camp private who has a dream of being a hero who goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines.
Director: Charles Chaplin
Writer: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Edna Purviance, Charles Chaplin, Syd Chaplin

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The Musketeers of Pig Alley 1912

1st Gangster Movie

The Musketeers of Pig Alley is a 1912 American short drama film credited as the first gangster film in history. It is directed by D. W. Griffith and written by Griffith and Anita Loos. It is also credited for its early use of follow focus, a fundamental tool in cinematography.

The film is about a poor married couple living in New York City. The husband works as a musician and must often travel for work. When returning, his wallet is taken by a gangster. His wife goes to a ball where a man tries to drug her, but his attempt is stopped by the same man who robbed the husband. The two criminals become rivals, and a shootout ensues. The husband gets caught in the shootout and recognises one of the men as the gangster who took his money. The husband sneaks his wallet back and the gangster goes to safety in the couple’s apartment. Policemen track the gangster down but the wife gives him a false alibi.