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Making a Man of Her (1912)

In order to get a job as a cook on a ranch, a young girl disguises herself as a boy. Problems arise when several of the young women at the ranch fall in love with "him".




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Cast overview:
Donald MacDonald ...
Jim (as Donald McDonald)
Margaret Manners
Dolly Larkin


The "Bar B" ranch is up against it good and hard. Three cooks in succession have left and each cook has taken a susceptible cowboy home with her. The ranchman puts down his foot, saying no more women cooks for "Bar B." Emily is young and sweet and awfully hard up. She applies but is informed that her sex is against her. Passing a second-hand store she resolves that a little thing like that shall not interfere, so she buys a perfectly charming cowboy outfit, returns to the agency and gets the job. The boss is so pleased that he insists upon Emily joining him with one of his best and blackest cigars. She does so and experiences the worst symptoms of sea-sickness. The rancher's daughter and her chum come to the ranch and all the boys fall in love with them. The girls fall in love with that "pretty boy cook," and when they insist upon visiting the kitchen with the untruthful assertion that they want to make candy, the boys look black and when they take a peep through the kitchen door and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Comedy | Short





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1 November 1912 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Early western short
9 November 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Passable early western short included in a program of gender bending cowboy primitives at the Pordenone Silent Film Week in 2015.

To get the cook job at the ranch Glaum (later in HELLS HINGES) disguises as a boy and is subjected to male rough housing till her hair falls out of her hat.

This generates an immediate proposal from foreman McDonald - happy end.

Plausible western setting and costuming.

Reasonable quality copy.

Not much else to say about this unless you want to pretend a bogus status for the film or yourself as a writer.

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