A young sheep herder, whom his associates had dubbed "The Cringer," because of his physical fear, was one day attending to a sick kid out of his flock, when some cowboys, who are a sheep ... See full summary »

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A young sheep herder, whom his associates had dubbed "The Cringer," because of his physical fear, was one day attending to a sick kid out of his flock, when some cowboys, who are a sheep herder's natural enemy, come upon him. They make sport of him and rough him up a bit, leaving him cringing on the ground. They then ride into town and have a blow-out. Muck Peters, the owner of the sheep, a renowned character for stinginess and brutality, happens to see the cringer nursing the goat and in his anger strikes the cringer to the ground. The cringer drags himself away from him back to his sheep, where he tells Joe, a stoic herder, of his mishaps and is again knocked to the ground by his fellow herder. His thoughts are not so much of himself as for the poor little kid. When he thinks of the suffering of the little goat his whole nature transforms itself. He determines to show them that he fears nothing. He steals one of his employer's horses, rides into a mountain city, sets fire to a barn,... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The sketch gives us but a shallow view of human life
20 February 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

He is an old acquaintance, this cringer. Everyone maltreats him in the first act, and in the third he does something desperate "to prove" he isn't afraid. The character is interesting and fairly convincing; but the sketch gives us but a shallow view of human life; it is not a picture of courage. Courage has its foundation in wisdom and there is no wisdom and nothing that is commendable in this deed of the cringer. It convinces because of this very fact; the man is a cringer even to the bitter end. The picture has value as a side light on life and it suggests thoughts. In this case, the backgrounds are very interesting and the portrayal of the central character by Romaine Fielding is extremely competent. - The Moving Picture World, October 26, 1912


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