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The Girl Stage Driver (1914)

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The old stage driver and his pretty daughter live happily in a prosperous mining town. The girl is devoted to her kind old father who has been the stage driver for several years. Needless ... See full summary »

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Norbert A. Myles ...
The Sheriff
Edna Payne ...
Ruth
Will E. Sheerer ...
The Old Stage Driver - Ruth's Father
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The old stage driver and his pretty daughter live happily in a prosperous mining town. The girl is devoted to her kind old father who has been the stage driver for several years. Needless to say, the girl is a splendid horsewoman and has learned to drive the stage. Her lover is the sheriff, and is an intimate friend of her father. On one of his trips, the stage driver is entrusted with $5,000 in gold, which he is to deliver to the post office in the next town. Two wily Mexicans overhear the conversation between the stage driver and the sheriff concerning the money. They decide to hold up the stage that night. Ruth kisses her old father good-bye, little dreaming that it is for the last time. The stage is held up by the two Mexicans. The old man fights for his life and his charge. The villains do not hesitate to shoot the old man, and after pocketing the gold depart, leaving the body of the stage driver in the road under the stage. At the village it is discovered that the stage is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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2 December 1914 (USA)  »

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Long believed lost, a copy of the film was discovered in 2010 in a cache at the New Zealand Film Archive. See more »

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You Rescue Me and I'll Rescue You
2 May 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

After her father is killed by Mexican banditos, Edna Payne takes over his stage-driving duties.

This western from the American branch of the French company, Eclair, was one of more than fifty they shot in Tucson Arizona and may have been the last before they left for Los Angeles. The company had originally prospered by inventing the movie serial, but competition at home and abroad and the loss of an active market in Europe meant that production ended a couple of years later.

Lack of a good product was undoubtedly an issue. This two-reeler is a bit repetitious, as Edna Payne is rescued by sheriff Norbert Myles and vice versa in what comes off as an effort to pad the movie to two full reels. The photography is interesting to the modern eye: the desert around Tucson looks dry and dusty and little grows; buildings look like they were put together out of whatever was to hand, and you an see people in the distance actually doing their everyday chores. It's a far cry from the polished westerns of later years in which all the buildings are carefully built and maintained and towns are full of lush gardens.


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