Jack Vernon, the sheriff of San Juan County, and his wife are happy when an escaped outlaw steals upon them and fires the fatal shot that plunges their home in gloom, leaving Mrs. Vernon a ... See full summary »

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Jack Vernon Jr.
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Mildred Clayton
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Jack Vernon, the sheriff of San Juan County, and his wife are happy when an escaped outlaw steals upon them and fires the fatal shot that plunges their home in gloom, leaving Mrs. Vernon a widow. Later, the pre-natal influence has marked her newborn babe with the brand of fear, and he goes through life shunned as a coward, an object of derision to all his companions. One day as the boys are tormenting Jack, Mildred Clayton, the daughter of the boy's employer, put in an appearance, and rescues Jack. She takes him home and introduces him to her parents. An unexpected visit is made by Manuel Vak, a Mexican half-breed, who is in love with Mildred. He flies into a rage when he sees Jack. He is ordered to leave by her father; but he swears vengeance. He returns with two of his cronies; and captures Mildred as she is going to the pump for water. Her screams bring her father, but he is knocked almost unconscious by one of the men. Jack leaves the ranch house, and returns to the village, where... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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17 August 1911 (USA)  »

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The change in this man is not shown convincingly
3 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The hero of this story was a coward from birth and, as the picture shows, this was an abnormality due to his mother's fright just before he was born. When, after he has grown up, the girl who has befriended him is captured by outlaws, his character suddenly changes completely and he becomes brave. One may recall that both Peter the Great of Russia and Henry of Navarre were suddenly changed from cowards to the bravest kind of men; but the change in this man is not shown convincingly. Before, he would not even handle a gun, now he shows that he can ride and shoot with the best and fight three to one like an old gunman. He rescues the heroine and sending her on his horse for help, turns on the pursuers alone. The shooting of the outlaws is poor, any Western bad man ought to hit his man at ten feet. However, if the hero had been hit the story would have had to end. The acting, especially of the heroine (Miss Bush, the new American leading lady, takes the part) is very good. - The Moving Picture World, August 26, 1911


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