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A Child of the Wilderness (1912)

Booze Marcy, a drunken, brutal prospector, failing to find gold in the Arizona desert, decides to turn north and head for Nevada, the so-called land of gold. His frail but patient wife and ... See full summary »

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Larry Tompkins
Frank Wade ...
Little Joe Marcy - a Child of the Wilderness (as Frankie Wade)
Frank Clark ...
Jim Marcy - Joe's Father
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Tonoma - Joe's Protector
Fred Huntley ...
Grey Wolf
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George Hernandez ...
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Judge Karney
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Booze Marcy, a drunken, brutal prospector, failing to find gold in the Arizona desert, decides to turn north and head for Nevada, the so-called land of gold. His frail but patient wife and baby boy are packed into the prairie schooner and the journey is started. Booze's brutality becomes worse as the days pass, and soon his wife dies, leaving little Joe to the mercy of his drunken father. After a crude burial they resume the journey northward. They come upon a party of renegade Indians, and Booze decides to leave the boy with them. He effects a trade and little Joe becomes the property of the tribe, while Booze goes on in his search for gold. Tonoma, an old squaw, takes a fancy to the child and befriends him. Two years pass by. Little Joe is generally disliked by the tribe and is forced to endure many hardships. Finally he runs away. Wandering to the river bottom, he is found by Larry Tompkins, a big-hearted miner. Tompkins hears the boy's story and buys him from the tribe. Seeing old... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 May 1912 (USA)  »

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The idea is new and big
22 November 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A picture that in subtle ways reminds one of "The Danites" as pictured by the Selig people. Perhaps this is because it deals with a certain ruthless type of character that the rush of fortune hunters to the West developed. Such a cruel, grasping man is the evil genius in this picture. His wife dies. Rather than bother with his little son, he pays Indians to adopt him. A few years later, a white prospector finds the little light-haired Indian in the hills and buys him from the foster parents to have trouble later with the boy's own father. It makes an effective picture. The idea is new and big. It is clearly and smoothly told and well acted. The camera work is good. It is a picture that will be liked. - The Moving Picture World, June 8, 1912


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