Anse Langdon, whom Jennie Williams accepts, incurs the hatred and enmity of Lee Hayes, another suitor for Jennie's hand. Anse and Jennie are married. Lee waits his opportunity and tries to ... See full summary »

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Tefft Johnson ...
The County Sheriff
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Jennie Williams
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Anse Langdon
Robert Thornby ...
Lee Hayes
Tom Fortune
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Anse Langdon, whom Jennie Williams accepts, incurs the hatred and enmity of Lee Hayes, another suitor for Jennie's hand. Anse and Jennie are married. Lee waits his opportunity and tries to inveigle Anse into a fight with him. Anse resents his aggressiveness. Lee draws his gun, but Anse is too quick for him, takes his gun away from him and gives him a severe thrashing. Lee has another gun concealed, follows Anse and from a point of vantage shoots and mortally wounds him. Anse drags himself to the door of his cabin, where he falls dead. His wife finds his body and a note which Anse has written on a piece of birch bark, stating that Lee Haines shot him. The sheriff is notified of the shooting and is on the track of the guilty man. Filled with that primitive and inborn idea of justice, Jennie determines to interpret the law according to her own judgment, and if possible, bring the slayer of her husband to a full reckoning of his deed. She follows his trail, and with the unerring aim of a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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20 September 1911 (USA)  »

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The Code of the Hills  »

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It is presented with the Vitagraph care for a clean picture
4 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This forthcoming Vitagraph film is somewhat new. A Kentucky mountain story, "The Code of the Hills" is a reversal of the "unwritten law." In the "unwritten law" a woman's honor is defended, any abuse thereof means death. In the "Code of the Hills" a woman avenges the murder of her husband by a former rival for her affections. The story as told being an old love feud, in which the rejected lover takes the life of his successful rival, who is able to write the name of his slayer on a piece of maple bark before he expires. The young widow treasures this maple bark note as evidence of the guilt of her former admirer, awaiting occasion to avenge her husband, which she is successful in accomplishing after two years. She has no sooner fired the fatal shot than the sheriff, having heard the report, intercepts her. With defiance she produces the maple bark note and convinces the sheriff of the justice of her act according to the "Code of the Hills." The sheriff yields to the exigencies of the occasion and takes the dead man's revolver from his belt, fires one shot from it, and then places it in the hand of the dead man as if to indicate that he had himself fired the fatal shot, either in suicide or in an attack of which he became the victim. This strangely chivalrous act of the sheriff is new; he endorses the act of the woman, as, according to the "code" side of the "unwritten law," it is not legal, but human from the viewpoint of the people of the "Hills." While this is a double tragedy, it is so presented that there are no gruesome features; it is presented with the Vitagraph care for a clean picture, and as tragedies form a necessary part of life portrayals, when presented in this manner they are free from criticism and censure. The value of the picture is enhanced by the scenery, which is typical of the title of the play and naturally very picturesque. - The Moving Picture World, September 2, 1911


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