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William Stowell ...
Jack Wright - the Young Engineer
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Nellie Mason - Jack's Sweetheart
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Norman Black - the Telegraph Operator - Jack's Rival (as Lafayette McKee)
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Dan Mason - Nellie's Father
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The sensational crux of jealous revenge in "The False Order" is a head-on collision of two enormous locomotives. A realistic effect that heavily discounts any stage device ever materialized to thrill. A page of vivid romance torn from the life of a young engineer, who is lured on to seeing certain death by the deadly lie of a drunken rival. Happily he is saved for a long and useful life by a trick of fate, and the well directed energies of a wrecking crew. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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9 January 1913 (USA)  »

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It is far from being a weak offering
18 June 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A railroad melodrama with a collision of two locomotives as its climax. The producer had an actual wreck (two locomotives inter- locked after coming head on), to work into his picture and, with the help of clouds of steam, he has been able to suggest the catastrophe so well that it will seem like the real thing to the average spectator. The suspense, after the locomotive of which the hero is driver gets past the last station and cannot be signaled though it is pounding along to meet the "special" coming toward it on the same track, is marked. The false order is given to the engineer by his rival in love and is intended to send him to destruction, but fails in its ultimate purpose, for the man isn't killed. Written by K.D. Langley, it was produced by Oscar Eagle. Winnifred Greenwood plays acceptably the role of heroine; William Stowell does as well as the hero, with L.S. McKee as the jealous telegraph operator and T.J. Comerford as the girl's father. It may be that the producer has not got all the impression that he might have from this material; but it is far from being a weak offering. In fact, it is a thriller. - The Moving Picture World, January 25, 1913


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