Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
An anarchist, in this Hepworth film, draws the fatal lot which determines that he shall throw the bomb to kill a high official of his government. He tells his sweetheart of it, and she begs him not to do it, pointing out the danger which threatens him if he does. But he goes on and secretes himself in some bushes by the roadside where the official must pass. Here he is discovered by the officers and captured, but escapes and runs home, hiding in the stable. He secures a dummy and places it on horseback, sending it careering over the fields, the officers in hot pursuit. While he is preparing the dummy the officers are trying to extort from the girl a confession of the whereabouts of the man, but she refuses and the knout is applied very vigorously. After the officers have started away after the dummy, the young man rushes back to the house, picks up the insensible girl, mounts a horse and then disappears, leaving the inference that they escaped safely. The most interesting feature is the clever ruse by which the dummy is placed on a horse to represent the escaped man. The torture of the girl is not pleasant, being too true to life for one to care to see it more than once. - The Moving Picture World, May 1, 1909
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