Willis, a track walker, is the accepted lover of Helen. Smith, a disappointed suitor, plans to make Willis lose his job for neglect of duty. With a couple of toughs, he attacks Willis, who ... See full summary »
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Willis - the Track Walker
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Nell - the Track Walker's Wife (as Ruth Robinson)
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Willis, a track walker, is the accepted lover of Helen. Smith, a disappointed suitor, plans to make Willis lose his job for neglect of duty. With a couple of toughs, he attacks Willis, who is securely bound. While the toughs guard him in the woods. Smith, with the key stolen from Willis, throws the switch to derail the passenger train, and casts the key away. The guards by this time realize the seriousness of the affair, and hurriedly depart. Willis wriggles over to a cigarette they dropped, and manages to burn the cords binding his wrists. He quickly frees himself as the train is coming. Fearful of his inability to stop it, he tears off his shirt, cuts his arm and soaks the shirt with blood, making a red flag. As the train approaches, he faints from loss of blood. Smith, in the meantime, has discovered Willis' escape, and coming up, sees the heroic deed. Remorse strikes him and he attempts to throw the switch, but cannot unlock it. By a desperate run he reaches the side of the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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11 November 1911 (USA)  »

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It is built on the well-used formula
13 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A very melodramatic railroad story of the kind dear to the gallery's heart. It is built on the well-used formula and has many sensational incidents; some of these are even freaky. Even a sketchy outline will show its quality. The track walker has a pretty wife, and the villain has taken a fancy to her; he is her husband's friend. She repulses the villain. On her way to visit the city, she waves to her husband as the train passes. On the day she is expected back the villain gets drunk with other rough characters and determines to wreck the train. The gang captures the track walker, who is also switchman, binds him, carries him back into the fields and, with his keys, opens the switch to ditch the train. One has thrown away a cigarette. The track walker rubs the bandage off his face, rolls over to the cigarette, gets it in his mouth and with it burns through his bonds. He is free, but cannot close the switch, for his key is gone. He has no red flag nor red handkerchief nor red shirt, so gashes his arm and makes of his white shirt a bloody flag, then falls fainting across the track. The villain comes to himself, runs to the switch, but he has lost the key, so he uses the bloody shirt to stop the train. Then we have the emotional pretty picture for a closing scene. Walthall is the railroader; Greenleaf is the villain, and Miss Ruth Robinson is the young wife, so it is a very well-acted picture within the limitations of such. The photographs are heavy and not always clear. - The Moving Picture World, November 18, 1911


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