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  • The Inner Circle


  • A lonely widower is told to bomb Senor Cataldo's house by the Inner Circle, a secret society of which he is a reluctant member. Sr. Cataldo's offence is that he has gone to the police with an extortion note he received from the Inner Circle. While the widower is being given his instructions, his little girl wanders away from her caretaker and is struck by a car. Senora Cataldo, out shopping, sees the accident and takes the child home to care for her. The widower refuses to carry out the bomb plot until he and his daughter are threatened. He reluctantly plants the bomb in the basement of Cataldo's house. As he is leaving the premises, he spots his daughter through a window. Just then, he is struck down and captured by the police. He is taken into the house. When he comes to, he rushes out of the house and into the basement. He retrieves the bomb just before it explodes. Only the widower is injured in the explosion. The Cataldo family and his little girl are saved.


  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction
  • Hennessy, George (Motion picture scenarist) writing
  • Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera
  • Lestina, Adolphe, 1861- cast
  • Pickford, Jack, 1896-1933, cast
  • Lañoe, J. J. (Joseph Jiquel), 1875- cast
  • Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979, cast
  • Mailes, Charles H. (Charles Hill), 1870-1937, cast
  • Paget, Alfred, 1880-1925, cast
  • Robinson, Spike, 1884-1942, cast
  • Toncray, Kate, 1880-1927, cast
  • Harron, Robert, 1894-1920, cast
  • Cabanne, Christy, 1888-1950, cast
  • Gorman, Charles, 1865-1928, cast
  • Evans, Frank (Actor) cast
  • Biograph Company
  • General Film Company
  • Pickford (Mary) Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : General Film Company, 1912.


  • -  Secret societies--Drama
  • -  Revenge--Drama
  • -  Extortion--Drama
  • -  Bombings--Drama
  • -  Fathers and daughters--Drama


  • Melodramas (Motion pictures)
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  J172323 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 17Aug12; J172323.
  • -  Adolph Lestina, Jack Pickford, J. Jiquel Lanoe, Mary Pickford, Charles Hill Mailes, Alfred Paget, W.C. Robinson, Kate Toncray, Robert Harron, W. Christy Cabanne, Charles Gorman, Joseph McDermott, Frank Evans.
  • -  Camera, G.W. Bitzer.
  • -  Photographed in June, 1912. According to The Griffith project, v. 6, the location is the East Coast.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2521) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Video file viewed for running time and continuity.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 158-159; The Griffith project, v. 6, p. 118-122, program sequence no. 424; Biograph production logs; Biograph bulletins, 1908-1912, p. 429; Christel Schmidt's The Search for a Film Legacy: Mary Pickford (1909-1933) WWW site, viewed April 24, 2015; Internet movie database WWW site, viewed December 7, 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. 15 min.) : si., b&w.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (368 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (368 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 1,000 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • VBQ 9493 (viewing copy)
  • FLA 5487 (viewing print)
  • FRA 6592 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0703A (paper pos)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2015600165

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  • Restricted: video files available on-site only. Access by appointment.

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  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Hennessy, George Writing, G. W Bitzer, Adolphe Lestina, Jack Pickford, J. J Lañoe, Mary Pickford, Charles H Mailes, et al. The Inner Circle. directeds by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: General Film Company, 1912. Video.

APA citation style:

Hennessy, G. W., Bitzer, G. W., Lestina, A., Pickford, J., Lañoe, J. J., Pickford, M. [...] Paper Print Collection. (1912) The Inner Circle. Griffith, D. W., dir United States: General Film Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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