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Friends (1912)

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The orphan Dora is courted by two different gold miners.



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Cast overview:
Dora - the Orphan
Henry B. Walthall ...
Dandy Jack
Grizzley Fallon - Dandy Jack's Friend
Bob Kyne - the Prospector
Charles Hill Mailes ...
The Bartender


The orphan Dora is a favorite with everyone in the gold mining settlement where she lives, but her special favorite is Dandy Jack. When Jack tells her that he is leaving for a location farther north, feeling that the current location is almost at the end of its profitability, she wants to go with him. But Jack insists that the tearful Dora stay behind. Later, when a new miner begins to court her, she gradually overcomes her initial reluctance, but she never forgets Jack. Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Western | Romance





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23 September 1912 (USA)  »

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According to a 1959 interview on CBC Radio with Mary Pickford, a shot of her in this film was the first ever closeup shot in a motion picture. See more »

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Simple Drama With A Fine Cast
30 January 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The fine cast is what makes this simple drama of romantic relationships worth seeing. Mary Pickford, Lionel Barrymore, and Harry Carey (looking quite young and skinny) would make any movie worth seeing, but here it is actually Henry B. Walthall who grabs the spotlight with a charismatic and interesting performance.

The story has Pickford as an orphan, now a young woman, who has grown up as the darling of a gold mining town. As her beau, Walthall has a role a little less one-dimensional than many of his roles from the era. As his character's name implies, Dandy Jack is an attention-getting, slightly self-absorbed figure. Walthall fleshes out the character quite well, making him much more than a mere caricature of the type, solely through small gestures and expressions.

The rest of the fine cast also does well. There's actually very little to the story, and so the characters really have to carry the movie, along with a slight boost from the setting in and around mining settlements, which is interesting but not particularly detailed.

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