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A Temporary Truce (1912)

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As Jim, a well-known loafer, is drinking in a saloon, he provokes a confrontation with a prospector who has just come in. The prospector humiliates Jim, who then swears to get even with him... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Charles Hill Mailes ...
Mexican Jim
Mexican Jim's Wife
Charles Gorman ...
Jack, the Prospector
Alice, the Prospector;s Wife
W. Chrystie Miller ...
The Murdered Indian / Indian on Street
The Murdered Indian's Son


As Jim, a well-known loafer, is drinking in a saloon, he provokes a confrontation with a prospector who has just come in. The prospector humiliates Jim, who then swears to get even with him. Meanwhile, three malicious drunks have just killed an Indian, solely to amuse themselves. When Jim abducts the prospector's wife, and takes her to a remote place, he soon afterwards encounters a party of angry braves seeking revenge. Written by Snow Leopard

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Action | Short | Western





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10 June 1912 (USA)  »

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A Sweet and Harrowing Story of the Early West
5 November 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

The story begins by introducing two married couples - prospector Charles Gorman (as Jack Hardy) and his "Homesick for the East" wife Blanche Sweet (as Alice); and, Mexicans Charles Hill Mailes (as Jim) and wife Claire McDowell. The husbands meet at a saloon, where the Mr. Gorman makes a laughing stock out of the "good-for-nothing" Hill Mailes, then throws him out of the bar. Next, Hill Mailes joins a couple of cutthroats, and shoots "Indian" Robert Harron's father, just to watch him die. So, two of the film's characters seek revenge - Hill Mailes wants to get even with Gorman for throwing him around; and, Indian son Harron wants vengeance for his murdered father. Hill Mailes kidnaps his enemy's wife, Ms. Sweet; and, despite advice from his Chief to keep the peace, Harron rounds up some Young Braves to go after Hill Mailes.

Subtitled "A Story of the Early West", "A Temporary Truce" compares very favorably with some of Director D.W. Griffith's more well-known "little epics" from the period. The southern California location sequences are exciting; Griffith and cameraman G.W. Bitzer are, obviously, in the process of kicking up film-making a notch (or two) every year. Sweet gives a particularly fine performance as the kidnapped wife, and the other performers are, at least, interesting. Harron is noteworthy as the wronged Indian boy; he steals the film, and tilts the story toward the unexpected side of the traditional "Cowboys and Indians" western. Extras include Mary's little brother, Jack Pickford, who joins Harron's Indian gang; and, Mae Marsh is easy to spot as an murdered settler. It's strange to watch Ms. Marsh get attacked by Harron, so notable a future film partner.

***** A Temporary Truce (6/10/12) D.W. Griffith ~ Blanche Sweet, Robert Harron, Charles Hill Mailes

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