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J. Searle Dawley
The U.S. Army and the Indians sign a peace treaty. However, a group of surveyors trespass on the Indians' land and violate the treaty. The army refuses to listen to the Indians' complaints, and the surveyors are killed by the Indians. A vicious Indian war ensues, culminating in an Indian attack on an army fort. Written by
One of the films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives (2004)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film is preserved by the Library of Congress (from the AFI/Blackhawk collection), has a running time of 41 minutes and an added piano score. See more »
In a rather miserable version at YouTube, the person posting the film makes several errors, including wrongly claiming it was "directed by Thomas Ince."
In fact, Ince produced and Francis Ford directed and starred, although IMDb says Ince co-directed.
For 1912, "The Invaders" is fascinating and incredibly well done. The acting is occasionally a bit over-wrought, though not for 1912.
In that version at YouTube, there are very few intertitles, which seems strange since the great C. Gardner Sullivan is the writer. Sometimes, because of the paucity of intertitles, a viewer might not know entirely just what is going on.
However, the story, because of the acting and directing, is mostly very clear to viewers.
Again, remember: It's 1912. As the prologue says, viewers in 1912 were not very far removed from the scene and action of actual frontier battles. Custer recklessly led his command to destruction in 1876, not even 40 years before the production and presentation of this movie.
The Battle of Little Bighorn was more closely contemporary to the 1912 audience than, for example, the Battle of the Bulge is to a 2017 audience.
I am very impressed by "The Invaders," for its treatment of the "Indians," for its production values, and for its story-telling virtues.
I hope you will brave the poor quality of the print at YouTube and give a look at "The Invaders."
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