The opening scene shows the front of the sheriff's pretty cottage nestling in vines. The villain, George Dalton, is pleading with Gertrude. the sheriff's elder sister, for a return of his ... See full summary »

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Edith Howard
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Clara Howard
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The Sheriff
Chick Morrison
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The opening scene shows the front of the sheriff's pretty cottage nestling in vines. The villain, George Dalton, is pleading with Gertrude. the sheriff's elder sister, for a return of his love, but we see her refuse him. Then Jack Wilton, handsome of face and light of heart, appears. We see Gertie's face light with something stronger than affection at his approach, but he greets her only as a friend. Next day the younger sister, Lucy, returns from the east. Jack Wilton is smitten at first sight, and so is Lucy. Gertrude notes this and is seized with jealousy. This jealousy is increased when she discovers the lovers near the great palm tree next day. George Dalton again presses his suit with Gertrude. Again he fails. Jack approaches Gertrude, as Dalton walks away, and the latter, believing him his rival, inwardly vows vengeance. Jack shortly afterward calls on Lucy's father and asks him for her hand in marriage. He refuses, but Jack firmly insists. There is a quarrel and Jack goes away... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Romance | Short | Western

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30 November 1911 (USA)  »

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There is jealousy, of course, on the part of the elder sister, and there is a villain
19 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I can promise a Western drama of stirring interest, from start to finish, in "The Sheriff's Sisters," by the American, which will be released Thursday, Nov. 30. The photography is especially good and possesses fine definition and stereoscopic quality. The camera man has confined himself chiefly to outdoor scenes in making settings for the story, and many of them are of exceptional beauty. But this is only to be expected, when it is remembered that they are taken in the beautiful El Cajon Valley, about 20 miles east of San Diego, in Southern California, where the American plant and studio are located. An interesting love story is revealed in the plot and during its development the leading characters are capably sustained by Miss Pauline Bush, who appears as the elder of the sheriff's sisters, by Miss Van Trump, who takes the role of the younger, and by Jack Kerrigan, who assumes the pivotal character, that of the dashing young fellow, who is loved by both sisters, but who bestows all his love and attentions on the younger. There is jealousy, of course, on the part of the elder sister, and there is a villain and, between the two, the hero is made the scapegoat for a crime committed by the villain. We see the innocent man followed by a crowd of lynchers and overcome, after a very realistic fist contest, and thrown over a bridge. But he emerges safely from impending death and the cloud of suspicion that has settled on him, and wins the girl of his choice. The weak spot of the filmed story, however, lies in the fact that the villain, who has committed murder, is not even shown as being arrested. This, it must be confessed, is trivial treatment of a commanding incident and character of the story, and decidedly points to a faulty scenario. - The Moving Picture World, November 25, 1911


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