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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
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The Engineer
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The Telegrapher
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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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23 March 1911 (USA)  »

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A Operadora da Lonedale  »

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The text of the first telegram is signed 'GWB', the initials of camera George William 'Billy' Bitzer. 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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Remade as The Girl and Her Trust (1912) See more »

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Blanche Sweet is incredible in a good Griffith-directed Biograph.
10 June 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Wow. It's hard to believe that Miss Blanche Sweet was fifteen when she was directed by the great D.W. Griffith in this Biograph production from 1911. Blanche, at such an early age, was not only extremely mature in terms her physique and baring, she was a remarkably accomplished actress. Her naturalistic acting translates well with modern audiences (at leased with all my friends to whom I've shown this movie). This film is a good one, suspenceful and atmospheric, but it's definatly not the best of Griffith's Biographs. It ranks pretty highly with the other work of his that I've seen. It is certainly aided by Sweet's performance, and also helpful the exemplary early use of "montage" which Griffith had been putting to use in his films as early as 1909. For a peak at what a great man like Griffith was doing before he made The Birth of a Nation (1915), Intolerance (1916) and Way Down East (1920), this is certainly one to take a good look or two at, just to get a peak at what the future had in store for cinema history.


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