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The Long Strike (1911)

The boss's son takes over the business but can't prevent a strike, which turns violent. The daughter of a striker saves him from the violence and helps bring about a solution.
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Jim Blakely
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Bert Readly
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Noah Dixon
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Bob Dixon (as Tommy Shirley)
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Alex Readly, President of the Readly Steel Mills, is seated in his handsome office when he receives a telegram from the superintendent of the mills, stating that the men are about to strike. Bert Readly, a young man of twenty-two, is sent to the mills to endeavor to make terms with the men. On his way he meets Jane Williams, the daughter of one of the mill employees, who directs him to the mill offices. A committee waits on Bert but he refuses them everything and the strike is called. In danger of his life Bert flees to Jane's house and is hidden by the girl from the mob. While hidden there he hears a plot to burn the mills and after he escapes from the house has Jane's father, the ring-leader, arrested. Jane goes to Readly, Sr., and pleads with him to grant the men their demands. Readly soon sees the justice of their pleas and calls the strike off with the promise of better pay and hours. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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7 December 1911 (USA)  »

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Gave promise of big things that wasn't fulfilled
4 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

The opening scene of this picture, an immense factory on Chicago's waterfront, gave promise of big things that wasn't fulfilled. It is a strike melodrama and it was conducted and acted according to old- fashioned standards, which kept it from being very effective. It also has peculiarities that weaken it. The hero, son of the president of the company and sent to the scene by his father to handle the expected strike, had to ask the heroine, who was on her way with her father's pail, how to get to the works; he carried the pail for her as they walked ahead. This man's course all through the story is more or less unconvincing and in the end he is discredited. The girl went back to her old lover and gave him the cold shoulder after she had got his father to go over his head and end the strike. The object of such a melodrama is to demonstrate that love is stronger than all other ties, and to show the complicated and winding path it has to take to accomplish its ends amid the forces that a strike sets going. It ought not to be hard to do this. But the threads of such a picture must be clearly continuous or, as in this case, when we think we're getting a good mouthful, we find it unsubstantial. - The Moving Picture World, December 23, 1911


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