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When the Heart Calls (1912)

Dick Lee, while hunting, meets James Gordon, an old rancher, who invites him to his cabin. Here he meets the rancher's daughter Mary. They soon become fast friends, and the girl's heart is ... See full summary »

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Dick Lee, the City Chap
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James Gordon, the Ranchman
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Mary Gordon, the Ranchman's Daughter
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Lillian West, the Ranchman's Fiancee
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Dick Lee, while hunting, meets James Gordon, an old rancher, who invites him to his cabin. Here he meets the rancher's daughter Mary. They soon become fast friends, and the girl's heart is almost broken when, at the end of the boy's holidays, he is to return to the city. Mary makes him promise to write. Back in the city, Dick tries to forget the country girl, and, as he is engaged to Lillian West, life is very gay indeed. Somehow, he cannot forget the little girl back on the ranch. The promised letter, however, is never written. Mary looks every day for the letter that does not come, and her father is very sad to see her pine away. At last he cannot stand it longer, and makes up his mind to go to the city and hunt Dick up. In the meantime Dick has grown tired of the gay life, and thinks more and more of Mary. One night in a café, he and Lillian have words; they leave the gay party, return home, have a quarrel, and part. The next day Dick receives a letter from her with their ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy | Western

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19 August 1912 (USA)  »

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Hardly enough freshness to make it really worthwhile
21 January 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Soft-toned, Nestor photography is one of the excellencies of this picture. It tells a love story with a city man coming, for a vacation, to the ranch where the pretty heroine lives. They fall in love with each other; but later, in the city, the man tries to forget. The girl's father comes to the city to find him, just as he starts for the country, back to the girl. It is a very old situation treated with some freshness, but hardly enough freshness to make it really worthwhile. Yet the story is wholesome, pleasant and has been liked in the past. Among many pretty scenes there are two (one is a leafy porch and one is a rural free delivery mail box) that were shown too many times from the same angle. This is very apt to make a picture seem manufactured rather than natural. - The Moving Picture World, August 31, 1912


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