Jim Morris, a young prospector, plans a trip into the great desert to search for gold. Before he leaves, Morris places an engagement ring on the finger of Mary, his sweetheart, and she ... See full summary »
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Jim Morris, a young prospector, plans a trip into the great desert to search for gold. Before he leaves, Morris places an engagement ring on the finger of Mary, his sweetheart, and she promises to await his return. Two months later Jim befriends another young prospector, whose water supply has given out, and learns he is returning after a fruitless search for gold ore. Jim now shows him Mary's picture, writes her a letter and Wells promises to deliver it for him. However, Wells falls in love with Mary and, as the weeks go by, they become good friends. At length Wells wins her consent to give up Jim and go with him. Leaving a note for Jim when he returns, Mary goes with Wells back into the desert. Later, Jim returns and discovers the situation. Heart-broken, he returns into the "land of dead things" to fight it out alone. Meanwhile, Wells loses his way in the trackless sands and he and Mary have but one canteen of water left. A few hours later the last drop only remains and Wells, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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25 May 1912 (USA)  »

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Some of the scenes are intensely interesting
22 November 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Another tragic desert picture with much to commend it. Some of the scenes are intensely interesting. It is a character sketch. It shows the sweetheart (Miss Bertram) as forgetting her prospector lover (Mr. Anderson) and as running away with a second man, one who had been treated hospitably by the prospector. The two get lost in the desert and the selfish interloper abandons roughly the girl to die of thirst. She is saved by the prospector; but when the man is found, he is dead. The picture doesn't seem to add up to a convincing picture of humanity. It makes the girl, in her attitude first toward the prospector, then toward the interloper and after all that again toward the prospector, seem abnormal. The acting, scene making and photography are excellent.

  • The Moving Picture World, June 8, 1912


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