Black Bart, a desperado, is apprised of the fact that the sheriff is after him. Taking heed of the warning, he rushes off into the woods. But the sheriff has scented his trail, and the ... See full summary »

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Black Bart, a desperado, is apprised of the fact that the sheriff is after him. Taking heed of the warning, he rushes off into the woods. But the sheriff has scented his trail, and the desperado is captured after a long chase and a hard struggle. As he is being led to jail they are obliged to ford a river, into which the desperado falls, and as he is helpless, the sheriff saves him from drowning. Later they are attacked by hostile Indians. The sheriff releases the desperado, and together they fight the approaching redskins. One by one they fall. The ammunition of the sheriff is gone, and there is but one bullet left. That is in the desperado's gun. He now realizes that he has the "drop" on the sheriff, but remembering that the sheriff saved him from a watery grave when his hands were tied, he hands his gun to him. As the sheriff is turning the key, he feels that he is standing face to face with a man, who is deserving of a better fate. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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16 August 1911 (USA)  »

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This is no mawkish and sentimental sheriff
4 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

In this film we are given a glimpse of that innate sense of honor which sometimes controls even desperadoes. A sheriff captures his man. On the way to jail they have to ford a river into which the criminal falls. He is manacled and helpless and in danger of drowning. The sheriff releases him and his life is saved. Indians attack them and the two fight side by side, vanquishing the savages. The time arrives when only one bullet is left, and that is in the desperado's gun. The sheriff is at his mercy. He can kill him and escape, but recognizing that the sheriff saved him from drowning, he gives over the precious pistol and goes peaceably to prison. This is no mawkish and sentimental sheriff. He doesn't allow the criminal to escape, but he probably believes when he leaves him in the jail that the man, desperate though he may be and a menace to the society with which he comes in contact, has still some elements of what constitutes a man and that he deserves something better than imprisonment. - The Moving Picture World, September 2, 1911


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