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Iola, the little Indian girl, is held captive by a gang of cutthroats, from whose clutches and abuse she is rescued by Jack Harper, a prospector. She is truly grateful to Jack, for she regards him as something different from the white people she has seen. Jack's sweetheart and her father are parties of a wagon-train headed for this place, and as luck has been against him, he is somewhat gloomy. Iola learns the reason, and promises to help him find gold. He is amused at this and says "Will you?" "Yes." "Cross your heart?" This cross-your-heart action mystifies the little Indian. She thinks it is a sort of tribe insignia and tells her people that "Crossheart" people are all right. Iola surely pays her debt of gratitude, not only in finding gold, but in giving her life to protect Jack's sweetheart from her own people, who are embittered against all whites. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Indian Giver
18 December 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In the U.S. Southwestern desert, Indian maiden Mary Pickford (as Iola) is trapped by scum combing cut-throats. They fight over who is to have his way with Ms. Pickford. Along comes Yankee prospector Alfred Paget, who rescues Pickford, and takes her to his cabin. Thinking Mr. Paget is like all white men, she expects to be raped; instead, she is given food; and, so, she falls in love with her savior. But, Paget has a sweetheart (Dorothy Bernard), who sends a letter announcing her arrival. Paget goes out prospecting, and Pickford follows. He shows her a gold stone, and she promises to let him know if she should happen upon one. Pickford returns to her own, savage people; but, she remembers her promise.

Pickford goes unbelievably overboard in her gratitude, later in the film. It's also possible that her "cross your heart" gesture, when she makes her promise, is meant to be a religious experience. This D.W. Griffith effort is rather more insulting than exciting. The extras are an illustrious lot.

** Iola's Promise (3/14/12) D.W. Griffith ~ Mary Pickford, Alfred Paget, Dorothy Bernard


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