Pete Black determines to win the wife of the engineer, Jim White. He comes to Jim's home and makes advances to Mrs. White; she repulses him and he leaves the house in anger. The time is due... See full summary »

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Jim White - the Engineer
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Pete Black determines to win the wife of the engineer, Jim White. He comes to Jim's home and makes advances to Mrs. White; she repulses him and he leaves the house in anger. The time is due for Jim to take his engine out. Pete Black starts down the railroad track, set upon getting Jim White out of the way. He goes down the tracks and places heavy ties across the tracks, intending to wreck the Special, of which Jim White is the engineer. Then he returns to Jim's home and urges Mrs. White to run away with him. She strikes him with a rolling pin and knocks him senseless. In the meantime, her little girl, coming home from school, sees the ties across the tracks. She rushes in and tells her mother, who goes into an adjoining room, procures a revolver, gives it to her little girl and tells her to hold the villain at bay until she removes the ties from the tracks. She reaches the railroad tracks just in time to save the Special and her husband. She notifies the sheriff and with him starts ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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4 December 1911 (USA)  »

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A departure from the well-worn formula
3 June 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A railroad melodrama which seems designed more to show well-contrasted characters than to give a thrill at the rescue of the train. These characters are very well acted; they are human beings; and some of them arc very amusing. The foiling of the villain, who because he couldn't wreck the engineer's home tries to wreck his train, is not so exciting as is usual in the best melodramas, those whose sole purpose is to get the thrill across and nothing else. This picture merely didn't pay so much attention to the bringing of the warning of the villain's obstruction laid on the track, or to the race of the engineer's wife to remove it in time, as it did to the reckless depths of this villain's villainy and to the trap into which it led him. It is, however, partly because of this departure from the well-worn formula, a very interesting picture. - The Moving Picture World, December 16, 1911


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