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Over Silent Paths (1910)

 |  Short, Drama, Western  |  16 May 1910 (USA)
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A lone miner and his daughter make the journey to California by prairie schooner.

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Credited cast:
Marion Leonard ...
The Daughter
Dell Henderson ...
The Wanderer
W. Chrystie Miller ...
The Father
Arthur V. Johnson ...
The Marshal
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Alfred Paget ...
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Frank Powell
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In the heart of the American desert we find an old miner with his only daughter, he toiling day after day at his rocker-cradle in quest of the precious ore, while his pretty daughter keeps his camp and makes it as comfortable as possible in this wilderness. Having secreted quite a store of nuggets, his daughter persuades him to return to civilization, where they may enjoy the fruits of their labor. Both are happy in the anticipation of what seems a bright future, and the girl starts to prepare their final meal at the camp. While she is away at the spring getting water, a desert wanderer appears at the spring getting water, a desert wanderer appears at the camp, and at the sight of the old man weighing his gold is seized with cupidity. He himself had toiled long in the wilds, but with no success, so he demands that the old man divide his gains with him. This, of course, the miner decries, and the wanderer uses force. In the struggle the old man is knocked down, and striking his head, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Ten Miles from Beautiful Downtown Burbank
10 April 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

If you look close you can see a sign saying it's that far from Burbank in this one-reeler shot by Griffith on his California trip in 1910. Marion Leonard is pretty far from her usual society lady role in this drama about how Dell Henderson shoots her father, W. Chrystie Miller, for the gold he has mined. It's a short piece about redemption and forgiveness and it's shot beautifully. The modern viewer may be a bit impatient with it, since it depends very heavily of Miss Leonard's pantomime to communicate a wide range of emotions.

Nonetheless, Billy Bitzer's camera-work more than makes up for the workaday plot. He shoots the desert scenes from knee level, raising the horizon above the audience, making civilization impossibly distant. He also gives us extensive shots of San Fernando in 1910, a western town of wooden buildings -- with advertising! -- and adobe shacks. My, how things change.


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