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The Opium Smuggler (1911)

Bonnie is the daughter of Peter Watson, a fisherman, who derives a comfortable living for himself and family from the historic waters of old Monterey Bay, on the California coast. Watson ... See full summary »

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Bonnie Watson
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Tony Laredo
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Bonnie is the daughter of Peter Watson, a fisherman, who derives a comfortable living for himself and family from the historic waters of old Monterey Bay, on the California coast. Watson has chosen as a husband for his daughter Tony Laredo, who, with no apparent vocation, lives a life of ease. Bonnie, however, is in love with Ned Raymond, a young fisherman, and this love is returned with interest. Ned is suspicious of Laredo, and discovers him at the illicit traffic of opium smuggling. While spying upon the smugglers at work in their den he is attacked from behind, falls from a cliff, is carried to the den and left still unconscious. He soon recovers, however, and surprising Laredo at work in the entrance to the den, takes him captive. Watson, who has gone out in his boat to fish, is delayed, far beyond his usual time of return, and his wife is greatly worried. Leaving Bonnie to guard the prisoner, Ned and Mrs. Watson go to the shore, and discover Watson, his boat capsized, battling ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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8 May 1911 (USA)  »

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The faces are very much in shadow
23 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is a love story, with an opium smuggler's cave in the background. It takes place on the California coast. To add to its interest, there are sea pictures both exciting and beautiful. The story is plainly told, and with very beautiful settings. The photography shows the backgrounds plainly, but the faces are very much in shadow. The story has a girl and her accepted lover to whom her father objects; he prefers the opium smuggler. The objecting father is saved from death in the sea by the girl's lover, and the treachery of the opium smuggler is disclosed at the same time. Grateful for his life, and doubly glad his daughter did not marry Laredo, the father gives his consent. - The Moving Picture World, May 20, 1911


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