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A Tragedy of the North Woods (1914)



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Cast overview:
Harry Keenan ...
Sergeant Tom Allen
Webster Campbell ...
Leona Hutton ...
Hilda's Mother


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Short | Drama





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17 September 1914 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Rare Domino Film melodrama of Canadian murder and Mountie Inspectors search for truth.
24 October 2016 | by (Culpeper, VA USA) – See all my reviews

The Domino Film company only made films for 2-3 years before going under. This rare melodrama made and distributed by that company was directed by and stars Walter Edwards who plays Burke a widower trying to raise his pretty young daughter Hilda (Rhea Mitchell) on his own. The 35mm nitrate print I saw was missing the opening titles and started in the middle of introducing the characters. The first surviving scene is of a man telling a group of men in a log cabin bar of the dead body of Mackenzie (Harry Keenan) a "factor" (property manager) and the listeners are happy to hear the news as he was a hated man. As the news gets back to the home office a telegram is dispatched to Canadian North West Mounted Police Inspector Sergeant Tom Allen (Tom Chatterton) to go and search for the murderer. Upon his arrival he searches the woods wear the body was found and discovers two empty bullet casings which he takes for evidence. He then talks with the story tellers at the bar and quietly compares the caliber of a rifle and bullets found there, no match. He looks thru the murder man's belongings and discovers a picture of a beautiful woman that looks very similar to Hilda the daughter of Burke... reel 2 - The Sergeant confronts Burke who also has a larger picture in his home of the same beautiful woman. Burke decides to fill in the back story. In flashback we see that Burkes wife ran away with Mackenzie when Hilda was just a baby and soon abandoned her. She soon became ill and sent for her husband but died before he arrived. Many years later, Burke is given the job of assistant to Mackenzie who does not recognize him or that daughter. Burke then tricks Mackenzie out into the woods and challenges him to a duel of sorts and kills him. At the end of the story, Sergeant Tom writes out and telegram and hands it to Burke showing him the inspector found no evidence of a crime.

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