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The Rancher's Failing (1913)

George Graham, a well-to-do ranchman, has many good qualities, but one weakness, drunkenness. Jonas Meade, his foreman, a thrifty, stalwart man, is in love with his daughter Holly, but he ... See full summary »

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Jonas Meade - the Ranch Foreman
Al W. Filson ...
George Graham - the Rancher
Camille Astor ...
Holly Graham - the Rancher's Daughter
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Victor Wylie - the City Slicker
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George Graham, a well-to-do ranchman, has many good qualities, but one weakness, drunkenness. Jonas Meade, his foreman, a thrifty, stalwart man, is in love with his daughter Holly, but he learns, to his chagrin, that she is engaged to a city man, one Victor Wylie. It is gleaned, however, that Wylie is simply after her money, and prefers to get it without marrying her, if possible. This scheming individual visits the ranch and connives with a pair of desperadoes to get Graham drunk, and then make a will signing away all his money to him. Considering Graham's weakness, this is not a great feat of strength, and afterwards the conspirators carry him out into the desert and leave him to perish. They then realize that he must be dead, and proved dead, before the will they have so boldly secured, will be of any value. In the interim, the sharp-eared Jonas learns of the conspiracy, and with the assistance of an Indian, trails Graham out into the desert, and then to the home of a sheep-herder,... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama | Western

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9 September 1913 (USA)  »

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Enough freshness to keep the final outcome hidden
13 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

The failing referred to is drink. But the rancher (Al W. Filson) is rich and has a pretty daughter (Camille Astor) who is being courted by a scoundrelly schemer (Herbert Rawlinson). Hobart Bosworth is the ranch foreman and the story's hero. In the development of the situation there is enough freshness to keep the final outcome hidden, and so it holds well. There are no especial beauties of background or acting in it, although the photography is fair. - The Moving Picture World, September 20, 1913


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