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Broncho Billy and the Schoolmistress (1912)

A new schoolteacher arrives at Snakeville and immediately all the marriageable men of the county come a-courtin'. The affair finally resolves about Jack Heyworth and Broncho Billy, but it ... See full summary »
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Alkali Ike
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A new schoolteacher arrives at Snakeville and immediately all the marriageable men of the county come a-courtin'. The affair finally resolves about Jack Heyworth and Broncho Billy, but it is evident that the teacher is partial to Billy. Jack plots to get even and opportunity soon offers. The boys warn the schoolmistress not to go out at night but she tells them she is not afraid and shows them a small revolver which she carries with her. Just for fun the boys plan a hold-up to try the schoolma'am's nerve and Broncho Billy agrees to play the bandit. This is Jack's opportunity and when the hold-up occurs, he, stationed behind a bush, a few feet away, fires at Billy. The wounded man is carried to his shack and the schoolteacher is about to be arrested when she shows the sheriff that her gun had contained nothing but blanks and points out Heyworth as the man who shot Billy. Heyworth is ordered to clear out of the country and when Billy gets well school is closed a week earlier because of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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3 February 1912 (USA)  »

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Astonishingly good short early western from Broncho Billy

There is only a little bit of a story in "Broncho Billy and the Schoolmistress," but it is so well acted, I consider it a must-see.

"Must-see" for several reasons, including the example of early western, the example of early Broncho Billy, and the example of excellent ensemble acting.

Strangely, even here at IMDb, the actress who plays the heroine, the Schoolmistress of the title, is not identified. She was an amazingly well-built and beautiful woman, with a smile a foot wide, so her name really ought to be prominent.

Some of the other players are part of what might be called Broncho Billy's stock company, and all are superb atmosphere and bit actors. Each performs without over-acting.

Watch them as the beautiful new schoolmistress comes into town on the stage and gets a room at the hotel.

And of course watch her as she is so obviously happy in her new surroundings, and see that magnificent smile. (Who is she?!?)

Unfortunately there is one actor who is not up to par: The villain, Jack, is badly played by Brinsley Shaw, a great name for an actor, and an actor I would bet was from the stage.

It's a cute story, beautifully acted for the most part, and such a fascinating look at early film-making, I urge you to watch it.

There are several versions at YouTube, including at least one with no sound track. I hope you like it as much as I do.


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