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A Temporary Truce (1912)

 -  Action | Short | Western  -  10 June 1912 (USA)
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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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Credited cast:
Charles Hill Mailes ...
Mexican Jim
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Mexican Jim's Wife
Charles Gorman ...
Jack, the Prospector
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Alice, the Prospector;s Wife
W. Chrystie Miller ...
The Murdered Indian / Indian on Street
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christy Cabanne ...
An Indian
William A. Carroll ...
In Bar / Among Rescuers
Frank Evans ...
In Bar / Among Rescuers
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The Murdered Indian's Son
Bert Hendler ...
In Bar
Harry Hyde ...
Among Rescuers / Outside Pony Express Office
J. Jiquel Lanoe ...
An Indian / Among Rescuers
Wilfred Lucas ...
An Indian
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A Murdered Settler
Frank Opperman ...
A Drunken Cutthroat / The Indian Chief / The Bartender
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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. 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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Pretty Good Action & Craftsmanship
4 January 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

There is enough good action and good craftsmanship to make this short feature interesting and worth seeing. The story is relatively involved for the running time, and in general it is told with skill and solid technique. The material itself is interesting in that, though there are many moments of tension and conflict, it does not really choose sides, but instead presents almost all of the characters (in particular, the Indians) in a sympathetic light.

The story, which has a western setting, starts with two separate incidents, and then weaves them together to make for a complex situation in which some difficult decisions have to be made. The frontier setting also allows for a large and mixed group of characters, and the script allows time to show the motivations of each of them.

The cast is generally good, particularly Blanche Sweet as the prospector's wife. The photography is well-conceived so as to maximize the sense of action despite the limitations of the camera field, and for the most part the editing also increases the sense of tension and activity. While it seems to be little known today, "A Temporary Truce" would probably compare pretty well with most movies of its year and genre.


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