The Struggle

  • DW Griffith /
  • USA /
  • 1931 /
  • 77 mins

Hal Skelly, Zita Johann, Evelyn Baldwin, Jackson Halliday, Edna Hagan, Charlotte Wynters / Fiction / English

DW Griffith's little-seen final film.

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Having begun her career mailing short scenarios to DW Griffith's Biograph Company from her childhood home in San Diego, Anita Loos returned to write her first mentor's final film. Ill-received by critics upon its release, but later recognised for its raw, unvarnished take on poverty-stricken urban life and its outstanding performances, The Struggle dealt with a sensitive man's descent into alcoholism - a subject all too close to Griffith's heart. Depression-era audiences preferred escapism, however, and the film's failure was a great sorrow for Griffith. He would only return to Hollywood to oversee Hal Roach's 1940 remake of the Biograph picture One Million BC - but he was soon dismissed, and bid a final farewell to filmmaking. HM

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