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The Road Agents (1909)

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This subject is a correct picture story of a once famous California hold-up. Two out-laws, one an Englishman, the other a Mexican (both well known for their daring robberies and their ... See full summary »

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Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson


This subject is a correct picture story of a once famous California hold-up. Two out-laws, one an Englishman, the other a Mexican (both well known for their daring robberies and their phenomenal success in eluding the sheriffs and their deputies) plan to rob a certain stage supposed to contain valuables and money amounting to a considerable fortune, The method always pursued by the Englishman in his nefarious work was to become acquainted with travelers, and ascertain the amount of valuables they carried. The opening, scene shows the Englishman mixing with the travelers as they are boarding the stage coach, wishing them a pleasant journey and making his adieux; then the stage driving away. The bandit then meets his confederate, the Mexican, and they mount their horses, and together they take a short cut and head off the unsuspecting travelers. After relieving the occupants of the coach of their valuables, the bandits remount their horses and escape. A messenger is at once dispatched ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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17 March 1909 (USA)  »

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The staging of this film is exceptionally good
13 July 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This picture from the Essanay studio has some excellent qualities. It tells a story connectedly. From the time the picture appears on the screen until it disappears the thread of the tale is perfectly plain. It is the story of a road agent who mingled with the people who crossed the plains in the old staging days, ascertaining how much money they carried, and obtaining other information of that character, and then with a confederate holding up the stage and robbing the passengers. In this instance the agent and his confederate, a Mexican, quarrel over the division of the spoil and the Mexican stabs the agent. The latter manages to crawl to the road in time to tell the sheriff's posse the story before he dies. The Mexican is finally captured and the stolen valuables recovered. The staging of this film is exceptionally good. The background of the sandy desert, with the cactus and sage brush is excellent, and the photography is beyond criticism. To one who has been through the country portrayed it is very natural. Some scenes appear so real that one almost feels as though he were there. The Essanay people are to be congratulated upon the success they have achieved in this elaborate picture. - The Moving Picture World, March 20, 1909

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