FIGURE 4.8

Rush to Judgment

The Unwritten Law: A Thrilling Drama Based on the Thaw-White Tragedy

Lubin Manufacturing Co., USA, 1907

The Lubin condensation effectively highlights the most lurid elements of the sensational episode (one that was in fact still unfolding when the film was rushed into release). On the left, the eminent architect Stanford White prepares to drug ex-showgirl Evelyn Nesbit so that he can have his way with her. On the right, Nesbitís husband, millionaire Harry K. Thaw, shoots and kills White to avenge his wifeís honor. Thaw was judged legally insane and acquitted.

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