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The Indian Trailer (1909)

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The first scene opens on the property of a well-known Western ranchman. A bunch of cow punchers are assembled wasting their time and their employer's money by playing cards. The ranchman ... See full summary »

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The first scene opens on the property of a well-known Western ranchman. A bunch of cow punchers are assembled wasting their time and their employer's money by playing cards. The ranchman catches them at the game, quickly breaks it up, and sends them to work. One cow puncher, a greaser, who dislikes being ordered about, even by his employer, tells the ranchman so. A fight ensues in which the ranchman gets the better of the greaser, and kicks him off the place. After this, the greaser swears revenge. He hits upon a plan, and with the assistance of another greaser they secure the ranchman's little girl, taking with them a shepherd dog, a playmate of the little girl, the dog being utilized later on by the greasers, as the story will show. Eventually the two greasers, the little girl and the dog arrive at the greasers' hut, and a note is written to the little girl's father, stating that she has been taken out of revenge for the treatment the greaser received at the hands of the ranchman ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A safe number to add to any programme
17 September 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A threadbare story of hatred, revenge by kidnapping and the untutored Indian in the role of rescuer. No number elicited so loud and unwonted applause as "The Indian Trailer." For that reason it is a safe number to add to any programme, as we have observed its similar reception in another theater. Metropolitan audiences show great appreciation of pictures of this character. week. The skillful horsemanship of the rough riders seems to be a welcome variation from the silly chases at 11 cents per, and in this film of "The Indian Trailer" the scenery and action is of the best. There are a few slips in the production that were overlooked or unnoticed by a critical audience. The route of the dog which carries the message to the bereaved father and the apparent readiness of the man who takes the message are points which rather weaken an otherwise thrilling production, but, on the whole, it is a film that is far above the average, and, as we said before, its power to interest the average audience was strikingly manifested. - The Moving Picture World, May 22, 1909


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