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Robert Thornby ...
Jack Martin - Gambler
Charles Bennett ...
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Roma Raymond ...
Eagle Eye, an Apache Squaw (as Mrs. Williams)
George Stanley
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A Slow Western
12 August 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

After Robert Thornby's daughter dies, he goes on a drunk and shoots a man. When he flees, he discovers a dead Indian woman and her child in this subpar Vitagraph western.

I have two sets of issues with this short film. First, it uses scene-setting titles to tell the audience what they are about to see, a story-telling technique that had been going out of fashion for ten years. Second, it loses characters in its telegraphic methods of plotting. Thornby's wife simply disappears after the child dies. At the same time, the actors take their time to do anything. This gives the audience too much time to think about these issues.

If you wish to see this western out of a sense of completeness, as I did, a good copy of it is on the Eye Institute site on YouTube.


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