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The Barrier That Was Burned (1912)

Jennie Slocum, with her father, is a new arrival in Ore City. On account of her beauty and natural graces, she is the most popular girl in those parts. Bill Lawrence, the toughest fellow in... See full summary »

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Big Bill (as Robert Gaillord)
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Dandy Dick
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Jennie Slocum, with her father, is a new arrival in Ore City. On account of her beauty and natural graces, she is the most popular girl in those parts. Bill Lawrence, the toughest fellow in camp, wins and marries her. "Dandy Dick," a good fellow, has always admired Jennie, and, after she marries, Bill and grows tired of the loneliness of cabin life Dick writes her a letter, offering to take her back east. She spurns him and his offer. Later, she has a quarrel with her husband when he finds Dick's letter, and accuses her of being in league with him. He leaves her in a passion, and goes to the saloon to dissipate his anger in drink. Jennie packs her belongings in a small valise and determines to make her way back east alone. While making her way across the mountains, a terrible blizzard comes on, and she falls exhausted into the sleep brought on by extreme cold. Bill goes back to his home and finds it deserted. He returns to the saloon, where he sees "Dandy Dick," and, learning that she... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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26 July 1912 (USA)  »

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It is clearly drawn and has deep, convincing heart interest
7 January 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A good, strong picture set in Alaska in winter time. The plot is simple; it is carried by only three characters; it is clearly drawn and has deep, convincing heart interest. As we say, the plot is simple, but the situation is complicated. Without losing its grip it interests differently, as it changes, gives forth a different color, like an opal, yet always remains the same stone. In it, Miss Edith Story gives us a homesick woman who loves her husband, a miner (Robert Gaillord), but who rebels strongly against the eternal snow. The struggle of these two is imaginatively pictured, as is her contempt for the villain (Harry T. Morey), who wants her to elope with him, and also the general reaction of all three when the husband discovers the villain's note. The woman runs away, but not with the villain. The husband at first is suspicious, but learns the truth and follows in time to rescue her from the well-made snowdrifts. It is a desirable release. - The Moving Picture World, August 10, 1912


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