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McKee Rankin's '49' (1911)

The story begins in St. Louis where, as a young man, "Forty" failed in business and found that poverty had no attractions for his wife, who separated from him. In the quarrel that ensued, ... See full summary »

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Arthur Dennison of St. Louis / An Old Miner - the '49'
Adele Worth ...
Mrs. Dennison in Prologue
Leonide Watson ...
Little Arthur Dennison
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'Carrots' - 49's Ward
Viola Barry ...
Belle - a Foundling
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'Mississippi' - a Hotel Keeper
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Arthur Dennison as an Adult
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The story begins in St. Louis where, as a young man, "Forty" failed in business and found that poverty had no attractions for his wife, who separated from him. In the quarrel that ensued, Dennison accidentally cut his little son's forehead and fled, not knowing how serious the injury was. He determined to hide his shame in the mining camps and the year drifted on leaving him a bit of flotsam on the shores of that vast human stream that surged through the mighty canyons of the Sierras. Lonely and sad, he had taken to his bosom a little waif of the diggings who had come from Heaven knows where, and she had nestled her little red head against his shoulder and brought him peace. Back in St. Louis a search had been instituted for a young lady who had sprung into interest through having become an heiress most unexpectedly. She had been stolen by gypsies, it was surmised, and taken west, and Col. James, the lawyer, sent his clerk, young Arthur Dennison who had taken his mother's name of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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19 September 1911 (USA)  »

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It is clear if watched closely
16 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

A story of '49 and later. It has a complicated plot, but is produced with much skill and is clear if watched closely, although one of its leaders is a little confusing. Mr. Hobart Bosworth plays the '"49," a character that suggests Rip Van Winkle. This old miner has a ward, a foundling who is an heiress, but that isn't known at first. Because the advertisement seeking the heiress was changed another girl of the mining village is thought to be the one who will inherit the money and the schemer marries her. In the end it is the miner's ward who is proved to be the heiress. There is a romance and it ends happily. The scenes are very well conducted and pleasing. It is a good picture and was warmly received. - The Moving Picture World, September 30, 1911


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