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The Witch of the Everglades (1911)

White Cloud, the war chief of the Seminoles of the Everglades, in the beginning of the last century, starts a war on the "whites," for the brutal and unprovoked murder of his brother. The ... See full summary »

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White Cloud, the war chief of the Seminoles of the Everglades, in the beginning of the last century, starts a war on the "whites," for the brutal and unprovoked murder of his brother. The first victim, Seth Thomas, a young settler, is killed, and Dora, his wife, becomes insane as she discovers the death of her husband and the loss of her two-year-old baby, carried away by the squaw of White Cloud. Dora has been left for dead by the Indians. Fifteen years elapse and Dora has been haunted by one idea, to kill every Seminole she could. She is called the "Witch of the Everglades," and is an object of superstitious terror to the Indians. Nellie, her baby girl, has been brought up by White Cloud, and is seventeen, when she saves Lieutenant Hardy of the regulars, who has been captured by the Indians. They fall in love and are rescued by a relief party of soldiers, who are led to the camp by Dora. She is wounded in the head, and the bullet restores her to reason, removing the pressure from ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A Ridiculous Exercise in Formalism
12 September 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Kathlyn Williams is a settler in the Everglades who has the entire settlement killed by Seminoles and her infant daughter kidnapped by the savage redskins. She goes mad and singlehandedly kills a lot of them. Fifteen years later, her daughter rescues an army officer, who reunites her with her child in this way over the top movie.

The only good thing to say about this movie is that it is carefully shot to yield the sort of image that reminds me of second-rate painters of historical scenes. Everyone acts by gesticulating wildly and Miss Williams, who was often an effective actress smiles gleefully through her misery to indicate her madness. The careful placement of actors in their dramatic tableaux makes everyone seem desperately aware of the camera; the action is slow.

I don't recommend it, but if you wish to see for yourself, there's a copy on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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