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The Renunciation (1909)

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Two miners are fighting over a woman, and one is about to murder the other in his sleep. At the critical moment, the woman introduces her fiancé from the city.





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Credited cast:
Kittie Ryan
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
Steve Ryan, Kittie's Uncle
James Kirkwood ...
Joe Fielding
Harry Solter ...
Sam Walters
Kittie's Fiancé
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W. Chrystie Miller


The appearance of pretty little Kittie Ryan played havoc at Yellow Hill Mining Camp. Joe Fielding and Sam Walters were boyhood chums, and becoming obsessed with the gold fever came out to Yellow Hill as partners. Both sturdy, honorable chaps, they found congeniality in each other's company. They worked together, shared the fruits of their toil, and, in fact, seemed a monumental typification of true friendship. We see them sitting on the rocks smoking and talking over old times, no doubt repeating the lines of Byron: "Ah! happy years! once more, who would not be a boy." But, lo! A cloud. The heart-high disturber appears in the person of Kittie, the pretty niece of old Steve Ryan, on a visit from the East. Joe and Sam are immediately smitten with the little one, whose lustrous orbs pierce their very soul. Both make up their minds to win her, as does every other fellow in the camp. However, Joe seems to hold high cards, and so the erstwhile chums are now bitter rivals. They quarrel over ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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19 July 1909 (USA)  »

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There is a snap to it which is irresistible
30 November 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A Biograph comedy which has much of interest in it and holds the closest attention of the audience from beginning to end. It is a Western mining camp, with a love story, rivals and a duel with bowie knives over a girl which both men, long chums, wanted. She discovers the difficulty and parts the fighters, and as a climax introduces her intended in the shape of one of the most effeminate dudes the sun ever shone on. The rough miners present such a strong contrast that there is no describing the difference. They both mutter something unprintable and leave the pair. The acting of the company and the photographic quality go to make this film unusually interesting and the audience is sure to be pleased with it. The staging is managed with fidelity and there is a snap to it which is irresistible, while the dramatic climaxes are all sufficiently interesting to hold the attention unabated. – The Moving Picture World, July 24, 1909

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