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The Army Surgeon (1912)





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Robert Stanton ...
The Colonel
Captain Lee
Dr. Ward
Rowan - the Half Breed


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Drama | Short





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22 November 1912 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Throughout the whole story the human interest is so sincere
18 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

A two-reel melodrama of life at an army post where the post surgeon and a young captain are rivals for the colonel's daughter. Throughout the whole story the human interest is so sincere and fresh and worthy of men and women and the dramatic suspense when an Indian outbreak complicates the love episode is so vigorously created that the few minor defects are brushed aside. Yet, if the place in the story of the captain and the doctor had been made plain earlier, that feeling in the mind which comes only when the meaning of the story is completely grasped would not have been delayed till the end of the first reel when we first definitely and assuredly know who the doctor is. Now, seeing that the doctor was to be the one kept away from the girl by a duty so pressing that he couldn't send her word and reason for his absence, it also would have helped the story if she had shown him, in the first place, some clear mark of preference. He is the one shown as heroic, not the captain, it would have added to our interest if we had seen him taking his life in his hands for the safe of his friends at the almost deserted post and on account of it losing a love that would have been his. We needed to have it made plain that he was losing. It happens that we are left also in doubt whether the girl had definitely accepted the captain and also as to whether the captain had the message that the Indian chief sent to the post asking the doctor to come. We didn't notice the doctor giving this to the captain that he might give it to the girl. It may have slipped past us; it ought to have been so clear that no one could miss it. The girl had promised both men the "answer" at her party, The outbreak came and called most of the force away. The captain was left in charge. The night before the party, the chief whose wife was sick sent for the doctor. The doctor's adventures are thrilling and very well pictured. It is he who saves the fort when it is besieged and the doctor wins the girl in the end. It is an offering that was enthusiastically greeted. - The Moving Picture World, December 7, 1912

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