Film, Video A beast at bay

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  • A beast at bay


  • Edith and Jack are on their way to the train station when they are accosted by a drunken tramp, who insults them. Edith is peeved when Jack will not confront the tramp. Still angry with him, she drops him at the station and leaves. Meanwhile, a dangerous convict has escaped from prison, and is at large near the train station. The prisoner has overpowered one of his pursuers and forced the man to exchange clothes with him. The disguised convict stops Edith in her car and forces her to drive away with him, in full view of the passengers on the train platform. Jack is alarmed and confused as to why a prison guard would kidnap his fiance. The other two guards arrive and explain. The guards and Jack board the train, and follow in pursuit on the track, which parallels the road. Jack arrives just in time to defend Edith from assault by the violent criminal, who is hauled away by the guards. A grateful Edith is now convinced of Jack's bravery.

Contributor Names

  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction
  • Hennessy, George (Motion picture scenarist) writing
  • Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera
  • Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979, cast
  • August, Edwin, 1883-1964, cast
  • Paget, Alfred, 1880-1925, cast
  • Marsh, Mae, 1895-1968, cast
  • Mailes, Charles H. (Charles Hill), 1870-1937, cast
  • Carroll, William, 1876-1928, cast
  • Lehrman, Henry, 1886-1946, cast
  • Robinson, Spike, 1884-1942, cast
  • West, Charles H., 1885-1943, cast
  • Harron, Robert, 1894-1920, cast
  • Lañoe, J. J. (Joseph Jiquel), 1875- cast
  • Cabanne, Christy, 1888-1950, cast
  • Biograph Company
  • General Film Company
  • AFI/Pickford (Mary) Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : General Film Company, 1912.

Subject Headings

  • -  Bravery--Drama
  • -  Escaped prisoners--Drama
  • -  Abduction--Drama
  • -  Rescues--Drama


  • Romance films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  J169786 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 29May1912; J169786.
  • -  Camera, G.W. Bitzer.
  • -  Mary Pickford, Edwin August, Alfred Paget, Mae Marsh, Charles Hill Mailes, William Carroll, Henry Lerhman, W.C. Robinson, Charles H. West, Robert Harron, J. Jiquel Lañoe, W. Christy Cabanne.
  • -  Photographed March, 1912 in Los Angeles, California.
  • -  Biograph production no. 3956.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2279) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 27; The Griffith project, v. 6, p. 57-60, program sequence no. 409; Biograph production logs, v. 2, 1903-1912, p. 150; Biograph bulletins, 1908-1912, p. 407; Christel Schmidt's The Search for a Film Legacy: Mary Pickford (1909-1933) WWW site, viewed April 6, 2015; Internet movie database WWW site, viewed December 4, 2015.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • 1 video file (digital, MPEG-4) (ca. 12 min.) : si., b&w.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (426 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print (copy 2) 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 350 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (426 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic (copy 2) 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 350 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 1,000 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4696 (viewing print)
  • FAA 8304 (viewing print, copy 2)
  • FRA 0212 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRA 4932 (dupe neg pic, copy 2)
  • Box 1228A (paper pos)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2015600154

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  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Hennessy, George Writing, G. W Bitzer, Mary Pickford, Edwin August, Alfred Paget, Mae Marsh, Charles H Mailes, et al. A Beast at Bay. directeds by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: General Film Company, 1912. Video.

APA citation style:

Hennessy, G. W., Bitzer, G. W., Pickford, M., August, E., Paget, A., Marsh, M. [...] Paper Print Collection. (1912) A Beast at Bay. Griffith, D. W., dir United States: General Film Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Hennessy, George Writing, et al. A Beast at Bay. dir by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: General Film Company, 1912. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.