Mary is sewing outside her cabin door, as the villain in our story enters and makes a proposal of marriage. He meets with a stern refusal and sneaks off, vowing vengeance. Mary enters the ... See full summary »

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Mary is sewing outside her cabin door, as the villain in our story enters and makes a proposal of marriage. He meets with a stern refusal and sneaks off, vowing vengeance. Mary enters the cabin and is setting the table as hero No. 1 enters and asks her father for her hand. The old man nods assent, but Mary, upon being consulted, refuses. The old man upbraids her, pleads with her, but she is resolute. A little later another suitor, hero No. 2 we shall call him, comes in and is joyously received by the girl. The father standing by, notices the reception. The truth dawns upon him, and he orders Mary from the house. The last named is evidently not as much infatuated with Mary as she is with him, and realizing that he has tired of her, the girl determines to commit suicide. She starts for the river, and is just about to end it all when hero No. 1 steps from behind a tree, thwarts her plan and asks what has driven her to such a step. Mary refuses to tell, wanders off and, coming to the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 August 1909 (USA)  »

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The Chinaman outshines them all
23 December 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A Vitagraph Western drama which illustrates some very startling machinations that lead to murder, the accusation of an innocent man and the conviction of the real murderer by a Chinaman. There is a love story connected which shows a young woman in agony over a mesalliance. But the difficulty ends happily for her afterward. The principal interest attaches to the acting of the Chinaman, which is true to life. The hesitating way in which he moves and the effort required in making up his mind, with the natural or assumed Oriental imperturbability are all interesting and mark a distinct departure from the ordinary acting of such parts. While the other actors are good, and the murderer is as villainous as one might wish, it must be admitted that the Chinaman outshines them all and makes a rather commonplace subject notable bv his truthful characterization. The story is plainly told. There is no hesitation and no question about what it means from the beginning to the end. The lighting in nearly the entire picture is adequate, dispelling the mysterious dimness and heavy shadows which have sometimes marred Vitagraph subjects. The picture is entertaining and when the wedding occurs in the court room the audience almost invariably breaks into applause. - The Moving Picture World, September 11, 1909


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