The distant relative is a scheming woman who installs herself as the guardian of the two orphan girls and then tries to gain possession of their ranch. Cowboy friends of the orphan girls expose the schemer and her accomplice.



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Cast overview:
Bob White
Marguerite Alcott - Bob's Sweetheart
The Bogus Long Lost Cousin
Pearl Alcott - Marguerite's Sister
Carl Morrison ...
Charley Wells - Pearl's Sweetheart
The Distant Relative


Marguerite and Pearl Alcott were sisters and orphans. Bob White and Charley Wells were friends and fellow cowpunchers and, incidentally, Bob loved Marguerite and Charley had long cast amorous glances at the dainty figure of Pearl. A day came when Marguerite and Pearl, orphans, were visited by The Distant Relative, a person of much self-importance and assumed authority. She at once began a re-organization of the girl's household, maintaining self-appointed protectorate over the two girls much to the disgust of Bob and Charley. Finally the Distant Relative conceived an idea. The result of this idea was a letter to an unscrupulous but good-looking young man who arrived shortly after and announced himself as a long-lost cousin. Marguerite didn't like his looks, but Pearl soon fell victim to his city wiles, to the utter unhappiness of Charley. The bogus cousin caused corruption among the ranch-hands. They threatened a strike and it was only heroic work of Bob and Charley that prevented a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama




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15 April 1912 (USA)  »

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The picture does not convince human emotions deeply
29 October 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This distant relative is a scheming woman who installs herself as the guardian of the two orphans, girls, and then tries to gain possession of their ranch. The girls have two friends among the cowboys who circumvent the schemer and her accomplice. There are some beautiful natural scenes. The picture does not convince human emotions deeply. Its interest lives only while the outcome is in doubt. The situation is fresh, however; it being too difficult to attract hack writers. It deserves convincing treatment; it has never received it yet, and it won't be easy to compose the right scenario for it. The photographs are good, but somewhat hard. - The Moving Picture World, April 27, 1912

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