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Cactus Jim's Shop Girl (1915)

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Cactus Jim is tired of being a bachelor. He advertises in a newspaper for a wife and in response receives a telegram from Nell Morton, a shopgirl in the city, who bids him come at once, as ... See full summary »

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Cactus Jim is tired of being a bachelor. He advertises in a newspaper for a wife and in response receives a telegram from Nell Morton, a shopgirl in the city, who bids him come at once, as she is willing to comply with the requirements of the advertisement. Jim shows this telegram to his fellow cowpunchers and excites their jealousy. When Jim appears in the store before Nell, all dolled up in his holiday attire, his appearance does not strike her favorably and she decides not to go further in the compact. While urging her to reconsider the matter, an angry customer intrudes and declares that Nell has short-changed her. She is fired. Cactus Jim considers this rank injustice and he privately tells the floorwalker so, giving him the money to make up the shortage in Nell's wages. But Cactus Jim desires to avoid the laughter of his brother cowpunchers, so he buys a dummy figure, takes it home and pretends that it is his bride. However, the boys discover his ruse, but as Nell has a change ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The Cowboy and the Shop Girl
1 January 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Cactus Jim's Shop Girl (1915)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Cactus Jim (Tom Mix) places a singles add in a paper and gets a reply from a shop girl (Goldie Colwell) in Chicago. The cowboy goes to see her but she changes her mind so to avoid his friends making fun of him he decides to dress up a mannequin and bring it back as his bride. Yeah, you really do have to ask yourself if the friends would have made fun of him more for being shot down by a girl or sinking low enough to dress up a mannequin. Either way, I'm sure Mix wasn't expecting anyone to question a comedy so with that in mind this one-reeler isn't all that bad. Mix, the director, has a nice pace and keeps the film moving without it ever getting too boring. The story itself is pretty much a one-joke thing and this joke isn't all that funny. I thought the actor did a pretty good job in the role and managed to be quick on his feet during the comedy bits. I thought Colwell was incredibly charming and especially during the finale. At just 9-minutes this here is harmless enough for fans of the genre.


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