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The Angel of the Desert (1913)

Married to a sporting man, Anne Stearns, with their little child, has a varied and unsettled life. Finally, Steams locates in a western town where he opens a gambling house. He is a man of ... See full summary »

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(as Grace A. Pierce)
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Major J.A. McGuire ...
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Mrs. Anne Stearns
George Stanley ...
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Married to a sporting man, Anne Stearns, with their little child, has a varied and unsettled life. Finally, Steams locates in a western town where he opens a gambling house. He is a man of coarse instincts and mercenary nature. He insists that his wife make herself agreeable to patrons of his den and dance-hall, to popularize the resort. Their little girl is taken very sick. Stearns insists that she leave the little one and go into the barroom to meet one of her admirers. She refuses, asserting that her child demands her attention. He grabs her, drags her into the saloon and insists that she entertain his friend. She acquiesces under protest. When the drunken fellow attempts to caress her, she resists him and her husband tries to force her to submit. At this moment, a strange prospector, who has entered the room, springs to her protection, knocking down her annoyer and throwing aside her husband. He then escorts her to her home where she finds that the child, during her absence, has ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short | Western

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6 January 1913 (USA)  »

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A big fresh ending, full of tragic significance
30 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

A somewhat lurid tragedy of the desert. It isn't a gripping story in any strong way and at its climax there's an angel vision scene that doesn't get over to the spectator; visions mar more pictures than they make. Yet we must commend the acting which is very natural and commend too the idea behind the picture (written by Grace A. Pierce), which furnishes a big fresh ending, full of tragic significance. It shows the forlorn wife of a scoundrel gambler following out into Death Valley a man who had honorably tried to shield her from things that no honest man could witness without protest. The brutal miners of the village had forced him to cross to the other side. When the woman gets to him with water he dies and she pours the canteen out upon the sand. Anne Schaefer plays the woman; J.A. McGuire, her husband, and George Stanley, the man. Rollin S. Sturgeon produced it. - The Moving Picture World, January 18, 1913


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