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The Secret of the Miser's Cave (1912)

Incongruous as it may seem, Pinto, the old miser, was quite pious and maintained a little altar in his room, where he worshiped. When no one was about, Pinto would enter his secret cave, ... See full summary »

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Tom Mitchell
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Lettie Thomas - the Rancher's Daughter
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Mark Pinto - The Old Miser
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Incongruous as it may seem, Pinto, the old miser, was quite pious and maintained a little altar in his room, where he worshiped. When no one was about, Pinto would enter his secret cave, through an entrance which the altar covered, and there he would gloat over his treasures. The grim reaper finally summoned Pinto and as he was passing away he presented his house to the church, saying it could he used as a mission. As he was about to disclose the secret of his cave, his life departed. Many years later, Tom Mitchell became foreman of the Thomas ranch. He won the heart of Lettie, the ranchman's daughter, which infuriated Angelo, who hoped to make the charming girl his own. Angelo hided his time and when Tom was sent out with gold to pay off the hands, Angelo and his accomplices overpowered the young man among the rocks and buried him alive. Returning to the ranch, Angelo announced that Tom was a thief and had fled with the money. Lettie was not inclined to believe him, but as the days ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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12 April 1912 (USA)  »

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The melodrama that sacrifices our sympathy for the heroine can hardly be truly effective
29 October 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The miser's cave incident in the picture is the only novelty in the often told story of love on a ranch. The owner's daughter preferred the foreman and the Mexican was jealous. The foreman is sent for the payroll (it filled two salt bags) and the villain got his pals from the mountains to waylay him. He took refuge in a cave and was buried in by the Mexicans. The cave led under the hills to the mission church, once owned by the miser. The villain was there marrying the girl when, it must have been a day or so later, the altar swung back. The man in the cave, hacking his way out, had touched the spring. And there he was to confound the villain. The melodrama that sacrifices our sympathy for the heroine can hardly be truly effective. The photographs are good. - The Moving Picture World, April 27, 1912


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