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Mexican Filibusterers (1911)

Our story opens in the office of the Mexican junta in a Texas town, not many miles from the border, presided over by M. Oliverez, supposedly the agent for the Mexican-American Fruit Co. ... See full summary »

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Our story opens in the office of the Mexican junta in a Texas town, not many miles from the border, presided over by M. Oliverez, supposedly the agent for the Mexican-American Fruit Co. Pedro, a young Mexican attached to the Junta, is in love with Blance, the agent's daughter. Arrangements have been made to run a quantity of fire arms and ammunition across the line to the Mexican insurgents. In loading a freight care with the contraband every patriot thereabouts takes off his coat and works with a will, all except Monte. Oliverez coming on the scene and finding everyone working but Monte, upbraids the lazy fellow and threatens to strike him. This arouses the revengeful spirit of Monte; he sneaks away and advises the American authorities that the Mexican filibusterers are attempting to rush fire arms across the border. Although compelled to act on the information furnished by him the Secret Service man are disgusted with the traitor and look upon him with contempt. In the meantime ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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3 March 1911 (USA)  »

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Nice Southern Western
7 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Mexican Filibusters (1911)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The setting is the Mexican Revolution and friends Pedro and Alvarez get a message to transport some weapons across the border. As the other reviewers have pointed out, this is a rather interesting film because of it being sympathetic to Mexico and the people fighting in the uprising. Usually these early silent films are always pro-America and it's strange to see that the secret service are played for the bad guys. You might expect something like this out of a Mexican film but this here was produced and shot in the United States. It's also worth noting that the film features the talented Alice Joyce, a fine actress who is pretty much forgotten today. Overall I thought the film was good enough to make it worth viewing once but there are still a lot of issues. I thought the direction was rather lacking as there's never any real excitement or drama going on with what we're seeing. I think a better director (cough Griffith) could have milked some more suspense out of the material and especially the ending. The film is at least well shot and features some fine performances.


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