Sanders, as orphan boy, upon discovering a fire in one of the shafts of a coal mine, rushes into the burning mine and gives warning to the men. They all escape, but in their frantic efforts... See full summary »

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Nancy Avril
Edwin Clarke
Charles Brabin
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Sanders, as orphan boy, upon discovering a fire in one of the shafts of a coal mine, rushes into the burning mine and gives warning to the men. They all escape, but in their frantic efforts to reach safety they forget Sanders, who risked his life to warn them. The manager decides to attempt a rescue and rushes into the mine. He finds Sanders, overcome, lying in the path of the flames, and throwing him over his shoulder, fights his way out. The miners strike for higher wages, but the manager refuses to accede to their demands. Upon his refusal a strike is declared, which continues peaceably until they realize that the manager has no intention of giving in. They then plan to blow up the pump house in order to flood the mine. Sanders overhears their plan and hurries away to find the manager and warn him. Not finding him at home, he runs to the pump house to warn the engineer, but finds that the manager has arrived before him and is guarding it single-handed. The mob approaches and the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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11 April 1911 (USA)  »

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There is an exhilaration about this picture which cannot be denied
7 January 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This is a melodramatic picture, but the bravery of the manager in saving Sanders from the mine fire, and Sanders' bravery in defending the manager from the strikers, together with a few thrilling incidents scattered through the play, keep the interest of the audience at the highest tension. At the denouement, when the strike ends, with the contented men driving away the malcontents, and with Sanders' promotion to the position of assistant manager, the thrill is sent over in fine shape. Even though such things scarcely ever occur in real life there is an exhilaration about this picture which cannot be denied. It is the romance of the thing that attracts and pleases; the suggestion, perhaps, that men can, after all, rise superior to circumstances and conquer even the most adverse fate in their struggle for success. The Edison players do this sort of work remarkably well and develop all the possibilities such an incident may possess. - The Moving Picture World, April 22, 1911


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