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The Lonedale Operator (1911)

Unrated | | Short, Drama, Romance | 23 March 1911 (USA)
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 »

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Daughter of the Lonedale Operator
Francis J. Grandon ...
The Engineer
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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>

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A Operadora da Lonedale  »

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Careful observation of the marks on the wainscoting reveal all the sets were constructed from the same flats. See more »

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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 »

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Featured in Historia del cine: Epoca muda (1983) See more »

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Fine early Griffith
8 October 2001 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

This film, nicely preserved with tints, is part of the "Treasures" 4-disc DVD set from the American Film Archives. It captures DW Griffith in the middle of his stint at American Biograph, and it demonstrates his developing skill with montage. I'm fond of Lonedale because it captures day-to-day life in a bygone era (for example, the secretary operating an early typewriter and the operation of steam locomotives).

The performances are by necessity done in broad strokes. Blanche Sweet, then a very mature-looking 15-year-old plays the story's heroine who bluffs her way out of a sticky situation.

This film is one of the highlights of the Treasures DVD set.


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