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Cast overview:
Robert Thornby ...
Miguel Gomez
George Stanley ...
Jim Saunders
Anne Schaefer ...
Mrs. Jim Saunders
Charles Bennett ...
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27 December 1912 (USA)  »

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29 July 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This short can be found in the recently released DVD collection "Treasures of the West"---a collection of mostly short films from the earliest days of movies until 1938. Unfortunately, the very beginning and end are missing from this old print--something not very unusual due to the nitrate prints used up through the early 1950s. In its place, the film preservationists have used intertitle card to explain what has occurred as the film begins.

While the accompanying commentary track seems to indicate that this film confirms standing anti-Mexican sentiment in America, I don't think this is at all clear or even implied. Yes, the main character is a wanted bandit--Mr. Gomez clearly has done some bad things. However, when he meets a lady with a sick child, this bad man manages to overcome his natural inclinations (much like the guys in the classic western "The Three Godfathers") and he risks his own life to save the boy. Rather sweet if you ask me. Overall, well worth seeing and a decent early silent western due to its humanity and message.

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