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The Indian Runner's Romance (1909)

 -  Western | Short  -  23 August 1909 (USA)
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An Indian comforts a dying prospector in his last moments. In exchange, the prospector tells him the location of his gold claim. A group of cowboys tries to get the information and go as far as kidnapping the Indian's wife.

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Blue Cloud
Frank Powell ...
The Old Prospector
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Blue Cloud's Wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur V. Johnson
James Kirkwood ...
Cowboy / Dying Man
Marion Leonard
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
At Stable
Lottie Pickford ...
Indian (unconfirmed)
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Indian
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A thrilling episode in the Black Hills, it was about the year of 1867 when gold was discovered in the Black Hills, and the Sioux Indians were at the time possessors of that territory and most of the land was unknown to the white man. At the time of our story an old miner, more venturesome than others, secretly worked a claim, and found it rich with deposits. His age, however, conspired against his being able to withstand the hardships he was necessarily subjected to, and Blue Cloud, the Indian Runner, discovers him dying in the rocks. Grateful for the kindness of the brave, the miner tells him of the location of his hidden mine as he dies. Three cowboys come up and want to know the mine's location, but the Indian refuses to tell. Blue Cloud loves the little squaw, and in consequence of his newly acquired wealth, presses his suit in that quaint Indian fashion, wooing with the blanket, symbolizing protection. He is accepted and approved by her father after leaving his offerings outside ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Colourful Characters
23 June 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

There doesn't seem to be any chemistry between the characters in this eleven minute offering. The protagonist is a one-dimensional neurotic who can't seem to control his emotions. He is overly emotion rather than emotionally unstable, meaning that he is overly playing the part instead of bringing some humanity to the role. There doesn't seem to be any humour in this short film which is something that you need to pull you through the lull periods of a story. The love interest lacks credibility. I believe that there was a potential romance there that could work, but the horizontal protagonist and poor directing hindered any progress that the love interest could have had.


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