Fanny is the wife of Ben Webster, a trapper, and while he is an affectionate and dutiful husband, she yearns for something which appears better than her lot. She reasons: "Have I not youth ... See full summary »

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Fanny is the wife of Ben Webster, a trapper, and while he is an affectionate and dutiful husband, she yearns for something which appears better than her lot. She reasons: "Have I not youth and beauty and attainments far above this environment? Why should I be compelled to toil and struggle in this wilderness?" Truly, she did not know just what she yearned for, still a change of any sort would have been acceptable. Discontent is stamped upon her countenance, as Ben bids her good bye for a hunting trip in the North Woods. Webster embarks in his canoe, and sighting game, stands to fire. The light craft is overturned, throwing him into the water. Weighted down by his heavy clothing and cartridge belt, he would have drowned had not his plight been witnessed from the shore by Ed Hilton, a Canadian hunter. Hilton leaps in and succeeds in dragging the half-drowned trapper to land, where a strong friendship springs up between the two, and as night falls they make camp and sleep under the same ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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7 October 1909 (USA)  »

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Works Rather Well
22 November 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This short D.W. Griffith feature works well enough, both in its story-telling and its content. It's the kind of story that often brought out the best in Griffith, and here the technique is good enough to make the points clearly even though most of the titles seem to be missing (since there are gaps in the print that are clearly so marked).

The story concerns a romantic triangle with some unusual aspects. It's the kind of story that typifies, at least in a basic way, the kind of material that Griffith was best at - a story that brings out the inevitability of human weakness and sadness. He usually had a good touch with that kind of material (as opposed to his more heavy-handed efforts at politics and the like), and he allows you to see into all three of the characters, as simple as they are.

Though neither the story nor the characters are especially interesting in themselves, there's enough to it to make it a little better than average among the short dramas of its era.


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