In this striking portrayal of the west, the story revolves around the cleverness of Shorty Blair, the express messenger, who, by his tenderfoot appearance, manages to carry the most ... See full summary »
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In this striking portrayal of the west, the story revolves around the cleverness of Shorty Blair, the express messenger, who, by his tenderfoot appearance, manages to carry the most valuable packages through the bandit-infested country in which he operates. In this story Shorty is entrusted with $50,000 and, knowing that the probability of being held up, he carefully conceals his identity and poses as the greenest of green tenderfeet, completely hoodwinking the proprietor of the roadhouse at which he is forced to wait for the stage. A band of outlaws, operating near the junction, are apprised by their pal, Kelly, in the employ of the express company, that a messenger is passing through and must stop at the Wild Steer Tavern. They come in full force that night of Shorty's arrival, tell the proprietor, who is in league with them, that they know the messenger and the money are in the house, and demand that he be given up. The proprietor, fooled by Blair's innocent appearance, tells them ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The play has some thrilling scenes
11 October 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A Western story turning upon the cleverness of Shorty Blair, an express messenger, who assumes to be a tenderfoot and outwits a gang of desperadoes that follow him for the package of money he carries. Nell, the daughter of the hotel proprietor, in return for a slight kindness, informs him of the scheme to rob him. He is able because of this to escape by means of a window, and ultimately get the drop, as they say, on the entire gang, relieve them of their arms and lead away their horses. The play has some thrilling scenes, especially the one where he holds up the whole gang, and the audience is visibly pleased when he escapes. It is a novelty to see him scatter the pistols along the road, as well as their horses. Meanwhile the discomfited highwaymen congratulate themselves that the wily agent didn't turn them all over to the officers when he had them unarmed and at a disadvantage. - The Moving Picture World, December 31, 1910


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