The scene opens in the bunk house of the Lazy K Ranch, where we see Jack Hartley and his pal Jack Smythe. Hartley has just received a letter from the east, in which his mother asks him for ... See full summary »
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Robert Gray
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The scene opens in the bunk house of the Lazy K Ranch, where we see Jack Hartley and his pal Jack Smythe. Hartley has just received a letter from the east, in which his mother asks him for money. Hartley is much depressed. He is broke and sees no immediate prospect of recouping his fortunes. Smythe, learning of Hartley's dilemma, offers his roll to his pal, who gratefully accepts it. Some time later the two boys meet Clara, the daughter of a neighboring ranchman, and both fall in love with her. For a time it seems a fair field and no favor, but at last she seems to show preference for Smythe. The two boys discuss the matter at the bunk house, and decide to write her letters of proposal and abide by her decision. They write and mail their letters, and she replies, accepting Smythe. Hartley goes for the mail, and his weak nature asserting itself, he surreptitious opens the letters before returning to the ranch house. His own letter is superscribed "Dear Jack," and reading it he finds ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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This is no worse than the bulk of them
22 September 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A Western story which contains much of human nature, which in one who is weak asserts itself in treachery. The story centers around a girl who is loved by two pals, but when they both propose and she accepts one the other cannot refrain from taking advantage and making his pal appear like the rejected one. Then comes a prospecting journey into the desert by the disappointed suitor and a wedding of the others. But even as murder will out so this treachery haunts the perpetrator so seriously that he tells his new wife and she, burning with indignation, sends him out into the desert to find the wronged man. Then come Indian fights, and ultimately the wronged man is rescued and returns to civilization, but the treacherous pal pays the penalty of his misdeeds with his life. Perhaps if there had not been so many Western pictures with mix-ups in love affairs this would be a very attractive film, but inasmuch as it is only one in a long train it is not particularly exciting. Whether the field is worked out, or whether producers have grown somewhat careless, the Western pictures have a certain degree of sameness and monotony which is fatal to sustained interest. This is no worse than the bulk of them. There is nothing about it which stamps it as being much better. The acting of the Essanay company is always good and their deportment does not suffer here; but the man who has little to do can't be expected to accomplish really great things in any line. It holds good in acting for motion pictures quite as forcibly as in any other thing. - The Moving Picture World, November 5, 1910


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