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"Money Mad" (1908) director D. W. Griffith, cinematographer Billy Bitzer

"Money Mad" is a short crime drama directed by D.W. Griffith, featuring Florence Lawrence and cinematographer Billy Bitzer, stars of Silent Hall of Fame. Arthur Johnson has a small part as a bank teller.

An old man obsessed with money steals a woman's wallet while posing as a beggar.  He then decides to visit the bank and exchange the bills for coins.  On his way back home he is followed by two thugs, who break into his apartment and steal the money.  These two are unhappy with their respective share, can't escape the madness and kill each other.  The old landlady (Florence Lawrence) gets possession of the money, but will she be able to hold on to it, or will she in turn succumb to its destructive power?

Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
Cinematography by         Billy Bitzer
Starring                             Charles Inslee, Florence Lawrence, Harry Solter, George Gebhardt
Distributed by                   Biograph Company
Release date                      December 4, 1908
Country                             United States
Running time                    9 m.

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