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Broncho Billy's Narrow Escape (1912)

Old Ben Martin, a prospector, and his partner live in a small shack in the hills. Lois, Martin's pretty daughter, keeps house for them. Baxter, the partner, loves Lois, and hopes to make ... See full summary »
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Ben Martin
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Jack Roberts
Patrick Rooney ...
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Willis Elder
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Old Ben Martin, a prospector, and his partner live in a small shack in the hills. Lois, Martin's pretty daughter, keeps house for them. Baxter, the partner, loves Lois, and hopes to make her his wife. One evening Broncho Billy applies for work and Martin takes him on. Lois makes a place for him at the supper table and it is a case of love at first sight between her and Broncho. During the long evenings that follow Baxter finds himself eliminated from Lois' company, for she and Broncho sit outside the shack playing the guitar and banjo, until old Martin orders them to stop and go to bed. One morning Martin strikes a rich ore-vein, collects some samples, hurries back to the shack and announces his discovery. Knowing the claim must be filed at once, Martin gives Broncho his white horse and tells him to ride to town and file the claim. Baxter sees Broncho depart, and, burning for revenge at the loss of Lois' affections, rides down the trail and spreads the news that Broncho has stolen ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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6 July 1912 (USA)  »

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Broncho Billy romances are fresh, or at least give the impression of being so
14 December 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

That so many of these Broncho Billy romances are fresh, or at least give the impression of being so, is due perhaps more to the development of the situation, the human freshness in little things, rather than to intricately made, unusual plots. In outline, this typical Broncho Billy love story is not new; but the picture, as a whole, seems new. There are many insignificant things in it that we have never seen before, and they keep pleasing all through the film. We wonder whether the conventional ending is necessary. To the reviewer, who has seen it and sees it every day, it seems very flat. Almost every romance has, in our opinion, just sixteen feet of flat ending. - The Moving Picture World, July 20, 1912


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