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The Redemption of Red Rube (1912)

Hurriedly making preparations to go in pursuit of "Red Rube," the outlaw, who has broken jail, Sheriff Sanders is accosted by "Spotted Snake," an Indian from the reservation, who enters his... See full summary »

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Robert Thornby ...
George Stanley ...
Sheriff Saunders (as George C. Stanley)
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Hurriedly making preparations to go in pursuit of "Red Rube," the outlaw, who has broken jail, Sheriff Sanders is accosted by "Spotted Snake," an Indian from the reservation, who enters his shack and abusively demands whiskey. The sheriff promptly kicks him out. The Indian swears vengeance. The sheriff takes leave of his wife and little child and starts after "Red Rube." After his departure, "Spotted Snake" returns to the sheriff's shack and orders Sanders' wife to furnish him with liquor. At the point of a rifle, she orders him off. As he leaps upon his horse, he snatches up the sheriff's little girl and rides rapidly away into the desert with her, where he leaves her to die. At Silver City, Sheriff Sanders catches up with "Red Rube." In the "Silver King's" saloon, "Rube" shoots the sheriff in the arm and flees, followed by a posse of enraged citizens, determined upon lynching him. "Rube" makes his way across the desert and comes upon the sheriff's little girl wandering aimlessly ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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17 July 1912 (USA)  »

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Stereotypes
20 August 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Robert Thornby plays Red Rube, a vicious outlaw who shoots sheriff George Stanley on approach. However, when he comes across the sheriff's young daughter in the waste, whither she has been abducted and abandoned by an Indian, that is another matter.

With the success of the Broncho Billy series from Essanay, Vitagraph responded by producing their own westerns under the direction of Rollin Sturgeon. However, while the Broncho Billy series were a varied bunch of pictures which even spun off a series of comedy westerns, the Sturgeon unit stuck pretty much to the standard formulas. Indeed, they are pretty much stereotypes of the B westerns that modern revisionists deplore, with evil Indians and inherently moral White cowboys.

Although the camera-work on this one is superior, the story isn't much. If you wish to see it, you can find it on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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