Elmer Booth is a convicted ne’er-do-well who has promised to stick to the straight and narrow upon his release from prison for the sake of his wife, Mary Pickford. The promise lasts all of ten minutes and Booth is soon drinking with a counterfeiter. I’m sure this will end well.
After a stint in prison, Elmer Booth returns home to the loving arms of his wife, Mary Pickford. However, the eyes of the law are still on him and his old prison buddy just may want to start a tiny, itsy-bitsy counterfeit money operation. Will our hero stick to the narrow road?
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Elmer Booth’s Cagney-esque turn in The Musketeers of Pig Alley (or is James Cagney Booth-esque?) stands out as one of the best performances of the nickelodeon era. In this case, he has made the decision that Lillian Gish is just the gal for him. Booth’s friend is played by future cowboy star Harry Carey. Harry overdid his scruffy makeup a bit, don’t you think.
On a side note, this is also just about how I act when I see a menu advertising flourless chocolate cake.
Another wonderful Elmer Booth moment from The Musketeers of Pig Alley. Lillian Gish is the tomato of his dreams but she just wants to be pals. Oh well, plenty more fish in the sea, I guess.
Booth played Gish’s loving brother in An Unseen Enemy, her movie debut, and Mary Pickford’s ex-con husband in The Narrow Road. He would have likely been in demand during the gangster boom of the 20’s but tragically lost his life in a 1915 car accident. The driver, director Tod Browning, had been driving while intoxicated and was seriously injured.
While he did not make his mark on feature films, we still have Booth’s signature role to remember him by.
I always crack up at this part of The Musketeers of Pig Alley. Elmer Booth feels that as he has saved Lillian Gish from a rival gang, he is entitled to certain privileges. Not so! Lillian is happily married, thank you very much.
Elmer finds this odd as this is the guy he mugged earlier in the movie. He considers him a bit of a wimp. And Lillian prefers HIM? Women!
This goes out to all the participants who worked so hard to make the Gish Sisters Blogathon a success. And it is especially for Lindsey of The Motion Pictures. We battled spotty internet, work and class schedules (among other things) but the whole event turned out to be fun, informative and an enormous success. Thank you so much for being a great co-hostess!
I thank you. Elmer Booth thanks you. (The GIF is from The Musketeers of Pig Alley)
Two sisters, an empty house, a dishonest maid and a fortune in the safe. A recipe for a melodrama if I ever saw one! D.W. Griffith directs the Gish sisters in their motion picture debut, with able support from Bobby Harron, Elmer Booth, Harry Carey and a very early appearance from Antonio Moreno!
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See poor Lillian Gish, a damsel in distress once again! What can she possibly do when Elmer Booth (one of the screen’s first charming gangsters) tries to make her his chicken? Why, she must faint, of course!
(I hope you can see the GIF. Lillian smacks Elmer and shoves him back. Good girl!)
On a side note, Elmer Booth’s oddly made-up friend is future cowboy star and John Wayne mentor Harry Carey.