After their house is blown away by a twister, a farmer and his wife decide to move to California. Once over the border they're greeted by rain, hail, snow and an Indian uprising.

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After their house is blown away by a twister, a farmer and his wife decide to move to California. Once over the border they're greeted by rain, hail, snow and an Indian uprising.

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29 April 1923 (USA)  »

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Pathex/Pathescope versions
15 November 2016 | by (France) – See all my reviews

In 1912, Pathé brought out the Pathé Kok, its first home projector (the system was then known as Pathescope in the US). It used non-flammable celluloid but was relatively expensive and ddi not sell well in Europe. In 1922 it was replaced by the Pathé-Baby which used 9mm film and was considerably cheaper. It was known in the US both as Pathescope and Pathex.

The system was enormously successful (and both Kok and Baby could be accompanied by a home-video camera) but the 9mm format meant that films weer often abbreviated in order to fit onto one reel (or onto fewer reels in the case of feature films). So we end up with many bowdlerised versions of films.

There are many Pathé-Baby versions of films around and in many cases this is the only version we have but they are usually fairly easy to recognise, even if they are not identified as such, from the quality of the print and the rather abrupt cuts in the action caused by the abbreviation of the film. In the case of the Hal Roach films of this period which usually had title-cards charmingly illustrated by H. M. Walker, one obvious sign of a Pathex version is the absence of the Walker illustrations.

This particular film is readily available in both versions (the Pathex version on Youtube is quite clearly identified both in the description and in the film itself as such). The regular print runs for over twenty minutes and the Pathex version for just five minutes. It is in effect, in this case, just the first five minutes of the film although the company converting the 9mm film may not have used all the original).

Many Maz Linder films and some Harold Lloyd films for instance seem to survive only in abbreviated Pathex versions. As far as I am aware,Snub's well-known "It's a Gift" only exists in such an abbreviated Pathex version.


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