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One of the best of the Indian stories

Author: deickemeyer from Chicago
7 January 2015

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A Vitagraph Indian story, the scene of which is laid in the region around Boston just after the time of the Pilgrims. It is a story of a friendly Indian, who, to prove that he is faithful to a friend, loses his own life in the rescue of his benefactor's children. It is perhaps a little out of the ordinary run of Indian tales in that it is more of a subtle character sketch than it is descriptive and is sufficiently interesting to hold the attention of the audience from the start to the close. It is, all things considered, one of the best of the Indian stories for this reason. The more or less spectacular rescue of the children and the development of the plot to create a feeling on the part of the preacher against the friendly Indian are all important features in the development of the story and add to its effectiveness. The staging appears to be quite satisfactory, while the action is in harmony with the subject and adds materially to the piece as a whole. The Indian is there, but he has been changed by kindness and is ready to give his life, even in the service of those who have befriended him. Technically the film is good. The photography is clear and the picture runs smooth, both important features in the enjoyment of a good drama. - The Moving Picture World, October 9, 1909

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