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Harvey Fiske, with an inherent streak of cowardice, is a newcomer at Childs' ranch. He introduces himself to Mr. Childs, his niece Anne, and Tom Beckett. Tom bears a silent love for Anne; ... See full summary »

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Harvey Fiske, with an inherent streak of cowardice, is a newcomer at Childs' ranch. He introduces himself to Mr. Childs, his niece Anne, and Tom Beckett. Tom bears a silent love for Anne; she admires young Fiske. Harvey asks her to marry him and gains the consent of her uncle. After their marriage, the Mexican, who threatened Fiske, returns and demands a loan of fifty dollars from him, which he grants, plainly showing he is afraid to refuse. The "Greaser" again threatens him. Anne defies him and drives him from the house. His fellow citizens elect Fiske sheriff. He is told a bandit is lurking in the vicinity whom he must arrest at once. Fiske is seized with fear and refuses to go. Anne's suppressed feeling of contempt arouses her to a determination to hide her husband's "yellow streak" by taking the bandit herself. She runs him down and in exchange of shots, kills him, and makes her husband take the dead man to town, claiming for himself the capture of the robber. His friends and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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19 April 1912 (USA)  »

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A Woman's Work is Never Done
18 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

Anne Schaeffer marries dude Robert Thornby, who becomes sheriff. However, when he must go after a murderer, he doesn't have the nerve, so it's up to Anne to strap on the gun belt and mount up in this Vitagraph short western.

It's a good story, with some nice sequences in it, but even at the (to the modern eye) brisk pace of action in movies of this era, there are moments of draggy obscurity. For most of its length, it maintains a nicely humorous tone, even during the shootouts and Miss Schaeffer's unhappy musings on her life choices.

Rolin Sturgeon's western unit for Vitagraph was fairly prolific and a lot of the standard visual tropes of westerns were set there, rather than the more popular "Broncho Billy" westerns from Essanay. If you wish, you can see them for yourself in the copy posted on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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