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Broncho Billy's Christmas Dinner (1911)

The sheriff of Rattlesnake County, Nevada, has received a notification from the district attorney to post dodgers along the highways, announcing that the notorious outlaw and bad man, ... See full summary »
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The sheriff of Rattlesnake County, Nevada, has received a notification from the district attorney to post dodgers along the highways, announcing that the notorious outlaw and bad man, Broncho Billy, will be given his liberty and no prosecution of his crimes if he surrenders to the sheriff within seven days. It is a few days before Christmas, and after the sheriff has executed the order in regard to Broncho Billy, he goes to his home, where he finds his wife writing a letter to their daughter, who is at college. Christmas Day we see the young lady take the stagecoach for the long, but picturesque and pleasant ride over the mountains. Although Broncho Billy has found one of the notices, appraising him of the mercy that the law has offered him, he regards it with contempt, for on this very day he has made plans to waylay the stagecoach, knowing that on Christmas Day it must be loaded with rich booty. At the halfway house the stage pulls up for a minute to allow the driver and his partner... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A Happy Feast
20 February 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Wanted criminal Broncho Billy is all set to steal the cash box. However, when Edna Fisher loses control of the rig that is holding the money, Billy rescues her instead and is invited to Christmas Dinner.

Anderson was the first cowboy superstar, playing in over 300 movies from. 1907 through 1915, usually directing himself and releasing more than two thousand movies through his co-owned Essanay. Billy's character varied throughout the films, from rowdy cowhand through outright criminal, but usually falling into the rough outline of the Good Bad Man. In this comedy of redemption, we see a clear seasonal message of redemption mixed with some nice situational comedy.

The Broncho Billy movies' short length and frantic production schedule didn't permit much in the way of subtlety, but got fans of western movies, they are an important bit of history. This one is a very pleasant bit of seasonal cheer.


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