The mining community of Bear Track Gulch must adapt its ways when it receives its first female visitor.

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Alice Loraine, a young Eastern school teacher takes her father to a little western mining camp recommended by her physician, in the hope of saving or at least prolonging his life. The physician provides her with a letter to an old friend in the camp so "the boys" of Bear Track Gulch give them a real western welcome. Alice is the first woman to ever alight from the stage at the Gulch and her personal charms and devotion to her invalid father soon win the admiration of every man in the camp. The change of air failing to benefit her father, Alice is soon left alone and to add to her misfortune she gets a letter telling her that the bank in which she had deposited her meager savings in the east, has failed. The boys learn of this and start to raise money for her by subscription but old Pete Griffin realizes the danger of wounding her by this method. They decide that Bear Track Gulch is an illiterate camp and that it needs a school. Of course a school requires a teacher and none but Alice ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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14 January 1913 (USA)  »

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Generally Entertaining, If Rather Broad-Humored, Comic Western
26 September 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a generally entertaining comic western, which makes decent use of the standard story ideas and techniques of its time. Most of the humor is pretty broad, but it's good-natured tone helps it to come off well enough.

The story is set in a mining community, and most of the humor and the plot derive from their response to the first woman to visit their camp. Many of the gags can in fact be seen in later westerns that use the same theme. All of the characters are likable, and that enables it to hold your interest through a fairly routine story.

The technique is solid, and is mostly typical of its era. There are a number of scenes in which many are characters on-screen at once, and some of the time the frame is a bit too crowded. But otherwise, it tells its story clearly and gives you a couple of smiles doing it.


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