The baby daughter of Mrs. Norton, a widowed seamstress, dies. The sorrow-stricken mother gazes at the empty cradle and decides to replace the departed soul with an orphan child upon whom ... See full summary »
In Camarillo, principality of the Spanish dominion, there lived two brothers, Jose and Manuel. Born in a noble Spanish family and reared by a mother noble in both station and character, ... See full summary »
Arthur V. Johnson,
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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