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The Backwoodsman's Suspicion (1911)

Wilton Shaw, a young author, has been advised by his physician to go west for his health and the opening scenes of this picture finds him in a little town in Montana, seeking board and ... See full summary »
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Walker - the Backwoodsman
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Wilton Shaw, a young author, has been advised by his physician to go west for his health and the opening scenes of this picture finds him in a little town in Montana, seeking board and lodging. Jim Walker, a backwoodsman, offers him a home with him and his wife, and he accepts. Arriving at the rough hut of the Walkers, Shaw is introduced to Walker's wife. Finding that the young woman, though quite beautiful, is illiterate, the young author decides to use his spare time in teaching her. Coming home one evening, young Walker finds the two together poring over their books, and although it is evident that their pursuit of learning has been innocent enough, Walker shows that he is jealous of his boarded. Called away the next day to fight forest fires, young Shaw and Mrs. Walker are left alone, when a telegram from Shaw's mother advises him to return home immediately, as his wife is dangerously ill. Realizing that he cannot catch the overland train by going over the main road, the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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15 July 1911 (USA)  »

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The tale is of a young author going west for his health
15 March 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This pictures a western story of needless jealousy, and has a narrowly averted tragedy at its close. The tale is of a young author going west for his health and finding board with a backwoodsman. Finding the young wife illiterate the author undertakes to teach her to read. This rouses the jealousy of the husband. The author receives a telegram to come home. To go the long way would mean missing his train, so the woman volunteers to pilot him a shorter, but more dangerous way. The husband returns during her absence and suspecting they have eloped starts after them. The wife returns soon afterward and learning of the state of affairs starts again on a wild ride to avert tragedy, which, happily, she accomplishes, reaching the station before anything serious happens. All is then explained and the trouble ceases. - The Moving Picture World, July 29, 1911


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