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A Unique Way To Stop A Thief

Author: thespisgmiller from United States
6 August 2007

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This quirky little flicker is a bit monotonous in its presentation but still provides some interesting entertainment value.

The hero is a respected college baseball player who has to move to the wilds of Arizona after his father goes bankrupt. The typical ribbing from the locals to this eastern dude follows until he catches a brazen mugger with a well aimed baseball. He than receives a well timed letter from a professional team to play for them, but decides to forgo this once treasured dream to stay with his girl in the great outdoors. This is obviously long before the Diamondbacks came to town.

You can find this little gem in the Reel Baseball DVD Collection.

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Decent for 1912, but not all that interesting today

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
12 October 2007

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This film is about a college baseball pitcher who is forced to drop out of school and move to the wild west. There he gets a job as a cashier and when he is robbed by a bandit, he knocks the crook out with a well-aimed baseball pitch--thus saving the day AND winning the girl. There's not much more to it than that--and like most films of the day, the plot is paper thin. Now this is not a complaint--for 1912, this is a decent film and at 10 minutes, it's about as long as the average film. Full-length movies as we know them were just in their infancy. Unfortunately, when seen today the film just seems silly and pointless--and is only of interest to someone who is either a baseball freak or a film historian.

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A Good Pitch Can Come in Handy

Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles
8 October 2007

Harold Lockwood (as Harry Burns) is a college baseball star who must give up the game when his uncle and sponsor meets with financial difficulties. Mr. Lockwood ventures out into the Wild, Wild West of Arizona, and gets a job as a payroll carrier. When he discovers bandits inhabit the west, he finds a good pitch can come in handy! he also discovers love, and must choose between the girl and a big career offer... "The Ball Player and the Bandit" is mainly interesting as Harold Lockwood appears, and not many of his films are available. Lockwood is most notable opposite Mary Pickford her 1914 "Tess of the Storm Country". A major star, Lockwood died during the influenza epidemic of 1918.

*** The Ball Player and the Bandit (11/27/12) Francis Ford ~ Harold Lockwood, Joe King, Shorty Hamilton

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Western Baseball

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
26 February 2008

Ball Player and the Bandit, The (1912)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A star college pitcher can't afford tuition so he travels out West for a job. Once there, a few of the ranchers give him a hard time including one bandit who eventually holds up the former baseball star but a gun is no match for a baseball. There's nothing too overly special about this but it remains entertaining throughout. It's certainly predictable that the bandit is going to use a gun while the baseball player is going to use a baseball in defense. Directed by John Ford's older brother Francis.

From Kino's Reel Baseball: Baseball Films of the Silent Era.

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