At a farm near Bangville, the young daughter see strangers in the barn. She quickly rushes to the house and calls the police. The police engage in a haphazard rush across the countryside to get there in time.

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Cast overview:
Fred Mace ...
Sheriff of Bangville
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Della - the Farmer's Daughter
Nick Cogley ...
Della's Father
Charles Avery ...
1st Deputy
Dot Farley ...
Della's Mother
Rube Miller ...
2nd Deputy (in straw hat)
Edgar Kennedy ...
3rd Deputy (in straw hat)
Raymond Hatton ...
Farm Hand (in vest)
Jack Leonard ...
Deputy
Fred Happ ...
Deputy
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A young, buxom farm maid overhears two cow-hands talking in the barn, and she's convinced they're about to rob her. She barricades herself in a room and calls the police. Her call wakes the chief, who rallies the constabulary and they sets off toward the farm, in steam-car and on foot. Meanwhile, the maid's parents rush to save her (dad's waving a pistol), as do neighboring farmers, armed with shotgun, pitchfork, and shovel. Everything points toward a showdown in the barn, where no one, including the police force, will be cowed. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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24 April 1913 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy A Fishy Affair (1913). See more »

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His Master's Silence
20 March 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

To appreciate why this comedy is so very funny, you need to stop and think about the story: a youngster, home alone. Gangsters come and break in. Desperately the child calls on the phone for help. Parents race to save the child. No, it's not HOME ALONE, it's several of D.W. Griffith's better known shorts. In THE LONELY VILLA, it is the phone that provides the call for help, and daddy races home in an auto. In THE GIRL AND HER TRUST, she is a telegrapher, and help comes on railroads.

Yes, indeedy. THE BANGVILLE POLICE is a lampoon of a contemporary genre, just like the SCARY MOVIE franchise. And while the police force took on a life of its own, it had its origins in the works of Griffith, for whom Sennett had worked for years, and whom he called 'the Master'. Even if Griffith rarely put cows in his pictures.... at least, not as major supporting actors.


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