Ned and Jack, two western boys, are both in love with the pretty daughter of their employer, who, liking both, is unsettled as to which of them she will accept. She finally decides upon ... See full summary »
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Ned and Jack, two western boys, are both in love with the pretty daughter of their employer, who, liking both, is unsettled as to which of them she will accept. She finally decides upon Jack and not desiring to hurt Ned's feelings, proposes to her father that she and Jack be married secretly. The marriage is performed and the following day Ned and Jack set out for a prolonged prospecting trip in the mountains. While Ned has not learned of the marriage of Jack and Katy he suspects that she really loves his pal the best and alone in their cabin in the hills he decides to find out if there are any grounds for his suspicions. When Ned finds that Jack alone is receiving letters from Katy, his intense jealousy is aroused and each day he insists on going for the mail. Not suspecting that his pal is playing him false, Jack submits each time and allows Ned to visit the post office, where the latter, when receiving a letter from Katy for Jack, hides it in his shirt bosom to later be secreted in... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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What Does A Man Have to Do To Get a Kind Word Around Here?
17 November 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Broncho Billy Anderson and Brinsley Shaw both love pretty Gladys Field. To avoid hurting Shaw's feelings, she secretly weds Anderson. Soon after, the two go on a prospecting trip and Shaw picks up the mail each day and hides his wife's letters from Anderson. Then one day the Indians attack the two...

It's strong meat, and a series of seemingly random events, but that's the way a lot of strong fiction is composed to happen, from Chretien des Troyes' Arthurian romances to modern mysteries: the story often lays in working out the patterns of reality and their meaning. When you're instructed, you may not remember as well as when you work it out yourself, and the stark situations in this short film make their points clearly.

I've been looking at a bunch of Broncho Billy Anderson shorts recently restored by the BFI and made available on DVD. I am struck in general and in this particular one, of the beauty of their camera-work in compositions and subjects, particularly outdoors.


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