During an attack on the Matelija Indian village, Wana, a beautiful Indian girl, is captured. Don Pablo, a Mexican gentleman, rescues Wana and places her in the care of the old Padre at San ... See full summary »

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During an attack on the Matelija Indian village, Wana, a beautiful Indian girl, is captured. Don Pablo, a Mexican gentleman, rescues Wana and places her in the care of the old Padre at San Louis Rey Mission. Two months later Wana again meets her rescuer. Romero, a half-breed, is rejected by Rubia, Don Pablo's sweetheart. Out of revenge Romero urges the Indians to rise and exterminate the mission settlement. Romero plans to kill Don Pablo during the dagger dance at the annual harvest festival. Wana, disguised as a boy, accepts Romero's challenge to the dagger dance and save Don Pablo's life. After the tragedy Wana reveals her identity to the Padre and tells him it was love and gratitude for her rescuer that induced the deed. The Indians, seeking the life of the boy who killed Romero, are stopped at the door of the church by the old Padre, who tells them, "The crime was committed before the church portals, it is for the church to punish." This story is founded upon an early legend of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 July 1911 (USA)  »

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The conduct of the picture and the acting are clear
26 March 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This reviewer confesses that he judges the atmosphere of early southern Californian pictures by H.H. Jackson's great romance, "Ramona." He is the more satisfied as to the righteousness of doing so by the fact that the atmosphere of this and many other good pictures is the same as that of the story of Ramona and Felipe. In this picture, though, the Indians are not friendly. The hero rescues an Indian girl and brings her to a mission school. This Indian maid later overhears a plot of a half- breed who wants to be avenged on the hero's fiancée because she does not love him, and in a very interesting scene she, dressed as a boy, kills the half-breed; it happens in a ceremony called the dagger dance and in the very way the villain was purposing to kill the fiancée's father. Then follows the scene in the church, where the Indians come demanding the supposed boy, who is now a nun. This scene faithfully pictures the Indians' reverence for the Church. The padre easily dominates the situation, shows them the culprit dressed in her black robes and calling sternly upon them to repent, continues with the mass, the Indians kneeling with the others. The one noticeable blemish in the picture is the Padre's wig; it is too plainly artificial. The conduct of the picture and the acting are clear and the backgrounds interesting. It's a very interesting picture. - The Moving Picture World, August 12, 1911


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