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Fred Burns ...
Harvey Mattson - a Pioneer
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Annie Mattson - Harvey's Wife
Robert Thornby ...
Bill Slick - a Roving Vagabond
Charles Bennett ...
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Twenty or twenty-five years ago, when the unoccupied government lands were released for settlement, everyone who registered their names was given a fair and free chance to secure one of the sections of land, which was apportioned off in sections. The settlers were drawn up in a long line at a certain distance from the lands opened up, some of them on horseback and others in vehicles of all descriptions. At the firing of a cannon, everybody made a rush for the land. Harvey Mattson and his wife Annie, with their child, emigrate form Missouri in a prairie schooner. On their way they hear of the opening up of the Cherokee Strip. They hasten there and Harvey pitches camp, preparatory to entering his name. Their child is taken sick. Harvey goes for the doctor, and during his absence. Bill Slick, a good-looking ruffian, tries to force his attentions upon Annie. She repulses him. Harvey and the doctor arrive, and he "settles" Bill without ceremony. The ruffian, enraged, leaves. Shortly ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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8 March 1912 (USA)  »

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Early landrush film
28 July 2016 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Interesting little film only in that it is an early picturisation of a landrush. Not certainly on the magnificent scale of The Tumbleweeds or the later (and somewhat less impressive) Cimarron (1931) but the basics are there - the family come to win their dram plot of land and the inevitable cheat who deliberately injures the husband before the race and then tries to steal the plot when the wife beats him to it.

For those unfamiliar with the story, the landrushes weer extraordinary events where the participants quite literally raced at a given signal to lay claim to land. The most famous landrush took place on the Kansas-Oklahoma border in 1893 when land bought by the government from the Cherokee Indians (at a knockdown price) was opened up to would-be homesteaders. This also meant clearing out the cattlemen who leased the land from the Cherokees (a lease nullified by the US government) and who would also have paid them more for the land. It was one of many such land rushes or land runs into Oklahoma, which till then was largely populated by Amerindians (Choctaw and Cherokee) many of whom had already been displaced from the Eastern states. Attempts to form an all-Indian state failed and Oklahoma became a state of the USA in 1907.

This story, need one say, is not told in the film.


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