MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 39,179 this week

The Lonedale Operator (1911)

 -  Short | Drama | Romance  -  23 March 1911 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 629 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 2 critic

When her father becomes ill, a young woman takes over the telegraph at a lonely western railroad station. She soon gets word that the next train will deliver the payroll for a mining ... See full summary »

Director:

(uncredited)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 1089 titles
created 06 Mar 2012
 
list image
a list of 49 titles
created 10 Mar 2012
 
a list of 348 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
list image
a list of 22 titles
created 22 Aug 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Lonedale Operator (1911)

The Lonedale Operator (1911) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Lonedale Operator.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When Mrs. Harding dies, she leaves a mysterious letter to her pastor. The note tells how her cold, miserly husband worked her to death. She asks the pastor to administer a small trust which... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Mary Pickford, Charles Hill Mailes, Kate Bruce
Short | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Based on the story by Charles Dickens: Ebenezer Scrooge is well known for his harsh, miserly ways, until he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, and then by three other spirits.

Directors: J. Searle Dawley, Charles Kent, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Marc McDermott, Charles Ogle, William Bechtel
Short | Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Mae Marsh, Leslie Loveridge, Alfred Paget
Ramona (1910)
Drama | Short | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Ramona, a young girl growing up on her adoptive mother's rancho in California, falls in love with the Indian lad Alessandro. When Ramona is denied permission to marry Alessandro, the two ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Mary Pickford, Henry B. Walthall, Francis J. Grandon
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

At a tramcar in Copenhagen the piano teacher Magda Vang meets the young man Knud Svane, who falls in love with her. She is invited to spend the summer with him and his parents at the ... See full summary »

Director: Urban Gad
Stars: Asta Nielsen, Robert Dinesen, Poul Reumert
Short | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A gang of thieves lure a man out of his home so that they can rob it and threaten his wife and children. The family barricade themselves in an interior room, but the criminals are ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: David Miles, Marion Leonard, Mary Pickford
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

During the Civil War a young soldier loses his nerve in battle and runs away to his home to hide; his sister puts on his uniform, takes her brother's place in the battle, and is killed. ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Henry B. Walthall, Grace Henderson, Dorothy West
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An elderly carpenter is told by a doctor that his wife is seriously ill. Soon afterwards, an insensitive shop foreman lays him off from his job because of his age. Unable to find work, and ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: W. Chrystie Miller, Claire McDowell, Adolph Lestina
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain's producers into charity lines and further into poverty. The film... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Frank Powell, Grace Henderson, James Kirkwood
Crime | Short | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The physician's death orphans his two adolescent daughters. Their older brother is able to convert some of the doctor's small estate to cash. But it is late in the day, and with the banks ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Elmer Booth
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Enoch Arden, a humble fisherman, marries Annie Lee. He signs on as a sailor to make more money to support their growing family. A storm wrecks his ship, but Enoch swims to a deserted island... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Wilfred Lucas, Linda Arvidson, Francis J. Grandon
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Some tramps assault the telegraph office trying to rob $2000 delivered by train. The telegraphist girl, trying to help, telegraphs the next station and then the men are captured.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Dorothy Bernard, Wilfred Lucas, Anthony O'Sullivan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Daughter of the Lonedale Operator
Francis J. Grandon ...
The Engineer
Wilfred Lucas ...
The Fireman
Edward Dillon ...
The Telegrapher
Charles West ...
The Company Agent
Edit

Storyline

When her father becomes ill, a young woman takes over the telegraph at a lonely western railroad station. She soon gets word that the next train will deliver the payroll for a mining company. The train brings not only the money, but a pair of ruffians bent on stealing it. All alone, she wires for help, and then holds off the bad guys until it arrives. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Unrated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 March 1911 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A lonedale-i távírászlány  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The text of the first telegram is signed 'GWB', the initials of camera George William 'Billy' Bitzer. See more »

Goofs

Since the movie was shot on an open-air set, the wind blows the paper's on the desk in the office as well as the clothes of the actors and Blanche Sweet's hair. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Girl and Her Trust (1912) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A case of déjà vu!
17 November 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Wow was I confused when I saw this movie from 1911. I didn't recall having seen THE LONEDALE OPERATOR when I started the film, but soon after it started it was like a case of déjà vu. I KNEW I had seen the film before and even reviewed it on IMDb but I didn't remember it as being called 'THE LONEDALE OPERATOR'. After a little checking, I found that the film I had seen was THE GIRL AND HER TRUST (1912) and the films were virtually identical. And, oddly enough, both are 17 minutes long (though the speed at which the films are cranked may make this slightly longer or shorter). This really isn't too surprising, though, as when the film was made back in 1911, outright plagiarism was common and pretty much condoned and many times the same production company would remake their films only a year or so later! Often, the same film would be made by two or three or even more production companies--sometimes even with the same movie title! So it's very easy to understand the confusion.

Now as for the film itself, it's a very good early full-length movie. Believe it or not, 17 minutes make this a very long film for 1911--as most films were less than five minutes long!! Because of its "great length", the film has a good plot and is quite entertaining. Compared to other films of the age, it is a standout picture in practically every way.


1 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Youtube Clip? hamrick-2
Discuss The Lonedale Operator (1911) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?