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In the Service of the State (1912)

Despondent over the loss of his family in a train wreck, a man recklessly takes on a dangerous assignment as sheriff and goes in search of a deadly outlaw.



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Joseph Vance
Molly Hawkins
Burton L. King ...
Bert Hawkins - Molly's Father


Joseph Vance, a prospector, has built a home near the mountain regions of Southern California for the reception of his mother, father and sister, whom he expects. Upon going to the railroad station to meet them, he learns that a wreck has occurred on the line and that his parents and little sister were among the killed. He loses interest in life until one day volunteers are called to form a posse to hunt down a desperado who killed the sheriff of the county. He is sworn in as a deputy and receives his badge. Determining to bring the desperado to town dead or alive, he leaves on the man hunt. Burt Hawkins is hiding in the hills in a deserted log house. Every day his daughter secretly brings him food. It was on one of these trips that an accident befell her while Vance was in the vicinity. He assists her to her cabin and his admiration for the pretty girl is shattered when he learns that she is the daughter of the man he has sworn to capture. He tells her why he came into the hills and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Western





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22 October 1912 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Copies of this film survive at National Film Archive (London) and the Betzwood Film Archive (Blue Bell, Pennsylvania). See more »

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