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Broncho Billy and the Western Girls (1913)

Evelyn and Irene Courtney, through the helplessness of their father, who is a cripple, are given charge of the general store and post office. A large bag of gold with registered letters, ... See full summary »
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Irene Courtney (as Bessie Sankey)
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Evelyn Courtney
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Evelyn and Irene Courtney, through the helplessness of their father, who is a cripple, are given charge of the general store and post office. A large bag of gold with registered letters, etc., are delivered by the mail carrier one day. Dick Lee, a notorious outlaw, sees the delivery of the valuable bag. That night, with a gang, Lee breaks into the post office and would have carried off the treasure, had not Evelyn escaped through a back window, mounted her horse, and rode away. One of the men sees her, however, and the three go in pursuit. Irene is quick to inform Broncho Billy, and the latter arrives just in time to save Evelyn from the hands of the bandits. The three are captured. Broncho Billy falls in love with Irene and the two are left to plan their future happiness. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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12 July 1913 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Not the same film as the similarly titled Western Girls (1912) also produced by Essanay a few months earlier. See more »

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A Seen Enemy
22 November 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Lloyd Ingraham is getting too shaky to manage the general store/post office/stagecoach stop, so daughters Bess Sankey and Evelyn Selbie take over. When money is delivered, robbers come to steal it and that's where Broncho Billy steps in to offer some help.

This movie can be thought of as a comment on D.W. Griffith's AN UNSEEN ENEMY of the previous year, in which the Gish sisters, in their movie debuts, cower behind a door while robbers try to break in, and rescue rushes to reach them. A wooden door won't stop armed men, this movie makes clear, and while two girls may be no match for three men with guns, that doesn't mean their only recourse is to cower. Over at Keystone, Griffith's race-to-rescue-the-helpless women became the formula for the Keystone Kops, while at Kalem, the women were quite capable of rescuing themselves -- and the men, too. Here, it's given a western touch.


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