A lone miner and his daughter make the journey to California by prairie schooner.




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The Daughter
Dell Henderson ...
The Wanderer
W. Chrystie Miller ...
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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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Short | Drama | Western





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16 May 1910 (USA)  »

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Winning Tale from Griffith
2 January 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Over Silent Paths (1910)

*** (out of 4)

D.W. Griffith melodrama about a father (W. Chrystie Miller) and daughter (Marion Leonard) mining gold who finally decide to pack it up and head home. Before they can do so a wanderer (Dell Henderson) comes upon the father, kills him and takes off with the gold. The daughter swears out vengeance against the man but winds up falling in love with a man she rescues not knowing he's the murderer. OVER SILENT PATHS is a pretty good film from the legendary director as it hits on many subjects that he could tackle throughout his career. This includes the obvious part of revenge but the real focus here is in the second half when we get a morality tale with what the daughter should do when she finds out the truth. If you think Griffith is too over-sentimental at times then you're probably going to go crazy watching this but for the most part this is a very well-made, beautifully shot and well-performed film. I thought Leonard was extremely good in her role, which is far from the type we're used to seeing her play. Miller, a tad bit over-the-top in that 1910 way, is also watchable as the bad guy. Griffith adds his master touch to the story and makes the film flow at a very good pace and it keeps you entertained throughout.

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