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W. Chrystie Miller ...
The Farmer
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The Farmer's Daughter
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The Farmer's Adopted Son
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The Farmer's Brother
Joseph McDermott ...
The Oil Syndicate
William J. Butler ...
The Oil Syndicate
Alfred Paget ...
The Oil Syndicate
Frank Evans ...
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Frank Opperman ...
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Adolph Lestina ...
The Farmer's Brother's Friend
Charles Gorman ...
The Policeman
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After a hard struggle the old man has just saved enough money to justify the marriage of his daughter and adopted son, when word comes from the oil fields nearby that his brother has lost his job, the little girl is very ill, and there is no money in the house. The sacrifice is a big one, but it has to be made. The wedding is postponed. One day his brother rides over on a bicycle to pay a visit to his benefactors, but does not bring the money. The little family is at a desperate pass; the house has been put up for sale. An oil prospector discovers oil on the premises and takes an option on the property, then hastens away to form a syndicate. The old man's brother and the boy go out in a field to dig postholes, and strike oil. The importance of the discovery is appreciated by the former oil man, and the pair rush off to the house. On the way they fall into a disused well, from which the boy contrives to escape. The oil syndicate is on the way in a fast motor car when they are ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A. Casual Race
25 January 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Lillian Gish and Bobby Harron are about to get married, but when uncle Lionel Barrymore is fired from his job in the oil fields, daddy Chrystie Miller lends him the money for his sick daughter and puts the farm up for sale. Will the Oil Syndicate, who have found lots of oil on the property, buy the farm for a pittance, or will things turn out right for the young lovers?

After five years behind the camera, D.W. Griffith had assembled movie-making techniques, cast, crew and a movie audience that flocked to see his latest productions. His bosses were happy, and saw no need to change anything, but Griffith was nearing the end of his patience, pushing for longer movies and bigger production values. Even so, this minor production boasts everything one could hope for in a short subject in 1913, including Miss Gish and Mr. Harron being cute, a fine race against the clock and fine photography. If you like, you can go to the Harpoden.com site and see it for yourself.


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