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Broncho Billy and the Claim Jumpers (1915)

Broncho Billy, a prospector, makes a rich strike, but while he is examining the rock he is being watched by three claim jumpers. The minute he leaves the spot the jumpers gather up some ... See full summary »
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Stage Driver's Daughter
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Claim Jumper
Fred Windemere ...
Claim Jumper (as Fritz Wintermeier)
Ernest Van Pelt ...
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Thomas J. Crizer ...
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Broncho Billy, a prospector, makes a rich strike, but while he is examining the rock he is being watched by three claim jumpers. The minute he leaves the spot the jumpers gather up some samples of the ore, and after replacing Broncho's sign with one of their own, start for the claim agent's office. Here they learn that he will not be there until Saturday. Meanwhile, Broncho has written a note to his sweetheart asking her to accompany her father, the stagecoach driver, on Saturday. She does so and they pick up Broncho at his cabin. There is a certain saloon at which the driver always stops, and the jumpers induce the bartender to dope his whiskey in order to delay Broncho. Their plan fails as his daughter grasps the reins and while she drives. Broncho holds off the jumpers with his gun. The claim jumpers soon give up the race and Broncho files his claim first. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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9 January 1915 (USA)  »

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She Was Only the Stage Driver's Daughter
25 November 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Broncho Billy Anderson has hit a rich vein of gold. He takes the stage driven by Lee Willard to register his claim. Some claim jumpers poison Willard's hooch so they can beat Billy in to the land office. Can Willard's daughter, Marguerite Clayton, handle the reins well enough to beat them?

Although we look upon old westerns as very rigid in their roles, Anderson knew his audiences and reality well enough to let the girls do some real action, and Miss Clayton gets to look alternately goofy and extremely competent in her role. Perhaps this was in reaction to the increasingly popular westerns from William S. Hart, where gender roles were more rigid.


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