A young girl travels west to live with her uncle during the California Gold Rush only to find that he has been killed by Indians and his identity assumed by an outlaw.

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'Black' Brown, a notorious road agent on the run from the law, stumbles on the body of John Lawrence, an honest prospector during the early years of the California Gold Rush, riddled with Indian arrows. Brown takes the dead man's clothes and papers and is able to pass himself off as a good citizen in 1850's Calaveras County. When Lawrence's sister dies, her daughter spends the little money she has to journey to California and live with her uncle. Arriving at the isolated cabin, she realizes he is an impostor, but his threats intimidate her into silence. Lacking money and protection, she immediately becomes vulnerable to the advances of the largely all-male population, and so must acknowledge Brown publicly as her uncle in order to continue to receive food, shelter, and his protection. Over time, this understanding of mutual convenience turns to affection, and he pledges to reform. When former members of his gang continue their dishonest ways, however, the now rehabilitated Brown falls... Written by G. Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Jenny Lawrence: I love you! Do you understand?
'Black' Brown, Road Agent: Promise me you'll help me, and I'll play straight.
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Strawberry Flats Forever
11 October 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Mary Pickford (as Jenny Lawrence) finds herself all alone in New England, after the elder Mrs. Lawrence dies; so, she moves to the "Gold Rush" state of California, to live with her uncle. What she doesn't know (initially) is that her uncle has been killed by Indians (Native Americans); and, outlaw Elliott Dexter (as "Black" Brown) has assumed his identity. Arriving in the little mining town of Strawberry Flats, Ms. Pickford discovers Mr. Dexter's charade, and learns of her uncle's death. Dexter demands Pickford pretend she's his niece; and, with nowhere to go, Pickford agrees.

First and foremost, Dexter and Pickford are marvelous in the lead roles. Dexter begins to amaze when, in a barroom scene, he rescues Pickford from the advances of Raymond Hatton (as Dick Roland). Pickford performed nicely when first entering her shabby new home, but becomes amazing when waking in the shed up as a wolf howls… the two exude an unmistakable sexuality in their earliest scenes together, assisted by fine light and shadows direction from Cecil B. DeMille (and, watch how the camera places their hands in a couple of scenes). As the film moves along, it loses focus on some of the sensuality, unfortunately. A subtle scene showing the leads' passion would have been nice.

Joining Hatton, supporting players Charles Ogle (as Jim Lyn, who dates Pickford), Tully Marshall (as barman Sam Sparks), and Walter Long (as the Sheriff) are entertaining. Pickford's last minute way of getting the townfolk to reconsider Dexter's fate is ingenious. The fact that "twenty men are fooled by one small woman" was nicely put, especially since it involved a doll given to Dexter's so-called "little girl"!

******** A Romance of the Redwoods (5/14/17) Cecil B. DeMille ~ Mary Pickford, Elliott Dexter, Charles Ogle


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