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Will o' the Wisp (1913)

Jim Dome's circus, en route to California, stops at the settlement town. Bud Watkins is living happily with his young wife and little baby. Mrs. Dome meets the owner of the show, who ... See full synopsis »

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Jim Dorne
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Nell Wilkins - the Wife (as Anna Little)
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Jim Dome's circus, en route to California, stops at the settlement town. Bud Watkins is living happily with his young wife and little baby. Mrs. Dome meets the owner of the show, who persuades her to enter a riding contest, and she wins the first prize, a complete riding habit. Dome and Watkins become good friends, and Watkins invites the circus owner to stop at his house. Dome takes advantage of the opportunities afforded him while the husband is out prospecting, to fill Mrs. Watkins" head full of wild notions of fame and fortune, and she goes away with the circus, leaving a note to Bud reading: "I cannot stand this lonesome life any longer. I have joined the circus merely as a performer, Bud, for I love you. Take care of baby and don't try to follow. Will write soon." Bud is broken-hearted, and becomes greatly angered at the circus man, vowing, in his first moments of wild grief to kill Dome, but he calms down and begins to think of getting his wife hack again. Mrs. Watkins finds ...

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25 April 1913 (USA)  »

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The desert scenes are strong
28 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

A very attractive two-reel story, picturing in characteristic fashion the arrival of a circus in the early West. The wagons are drawn by oxen, and though the circus is not a large one, there is a carefulness of detail that is pleasing. The story shows how Jim's wife, who wins a prize riding, is lured away by the circus. Later comes the quarrel with the ring-master and she and the strong man and his wife quit the circus. The desert scenes are strong. A picturesque offering. - The Moving Picture World, April 19, 1913


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