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The use of the wonders of science in the settlement of the west impressed the Indians as being nothing short of miraculous, and they underwent some peculiar experiences before they learned the mysteries of the telegraph and telephone. In this film two linemen, repairing a fallen wire, are forced by the Indians to abandon their work and the redmen then run afoul of the charged line. One by one the redskins dance to a lively tune while trying to subdue the power of the copper strand; even the chief, so formidable in war, is an easy victim of the peculiar influence of the bare wire. By this time the electricians have returned to the power station and shut off the current in the section where the break occurred. The Indian chief promises his daughter and his war bonnet to the brave who will overcome the dangerous wire. All refuse to try for the prize except one, a despised cripple, who, now that the current is off, is not in the least affected when he winds the wire about his body. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 August 1912 (USA)  »

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The exhibitors will find it a live wire in fact
29 January 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This film is happily named. The exhibitors will find it a live wire in fact. Paul Panzer and William H. Cavanaugh, the former particularly, make fun in chunks. Panzer has an opportunity, and he accepts it. The picture starts off innocently enough. A wire superintendent gets word that a wire is down and sends out two linemen to fix it up. The men locate the break and one of them climbs the pole. While at work he discovers the Indian and gets to the ground, quick, and away from the neighborhood. The Indian (Panzer), accidentally touches the wire. Things happen. Not satisfied, he examines the wire. More things happen. He goes back to camp and brings out all the bucks, all but one, a cripple. In turn they all try the wire, and all do stunts. Meanwhile the two linemen have got back to the station, and shut off the current. Also meanwhile the cripple gets to the break just as the chief announces that anyone who will conquer the evil spirit in the troublesome object may have his daughter and take his place as chief. The cripple gets on the job. He puts the wire around his neck, he even bites it. Of course the wire is harmless. The cripple is lifted on to the shoulders of his companions and carried back to camp. The chief makes good. - The Moving Picture World, September 14, 1912


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