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The Golden Hoard; or, Buried Alive (1913)

Part One: Red Morel, leader of a gang of outlaws, is driven from point to point, until finally he decides to land his plunder, carry it inland and bury it in a safe place beyond discovery. ... See full summary »

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Pete Nelson
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Part One: Red Morel, leader of a gang of outlaws, is driven from point to point, until finally he decides to land his plunder, carry it inland and bury it in a safe place beyond discovery. Bob Stewart, one of their number, deserts and starts out to begin life anew as an honest man. For three days he travels through marsh and mire. He is attacked by fever and delirium. He is found wandering by Pete Nelson, who takes Stewart to his home and cares for him. During Bob's sickness, in his delirium, he raves about the buried treasure and unconsciously tells where it has been hidden. Pete notes this unintentional information and awaiting a favorable time, locates and confiscates it. His conscience troubles him for having taken advantage of Stewart's condition and enriching himself by it, without sharing it with Bob. To relieve his mind, he proposes to Bob that they go into partnership and raise cotton on a large scale, offering him for his services, an equal share in the business. Pete ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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4 April 1913 (USA)  »

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Can be depended upon to thrill the spine of any normal audience
27 August 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

"Or Buried Alive," is the second title attached to this picture of mystery and horror. A two reel, special subject, it makes a commendable feature offering and can be depended upon to thrill the spine of any normal audience. The story is off the beaten track and therefore cuts with a sharp edge. The hero, who is buried alive, once belonged to a gang of cutthroats from whom he fled. Later, in delirium, he reveals the whereabouts of a box of treasure he had helped bury. When well, he knows nothing of having given the secret away, nor that his new friend has secured it. nor does he know why, after they go into partnership, they get rich so quickly. The partner on his death bed tells him all. He tries, in fear, to put the gold back, but finds that it is too late. The gang has come and found the treasure gone and has vowed vengeance against him. From this point on the picture can truthfully be called "gripping." We heard a spectator near us say, "isn't it terrible." The ending will be popular and it makes a good impression as a whole, for it is well acted and clearly developed. There is one scene that, in pictures like this, never gets over strongly; it is that in which the hero sees a face at the window (Indian-in-a-Western, outlaw-in-a-mountain picture, and in this picture the pirate), and willfully frightens his wife by his account of it. The photography is clear enough, but has not much quality. - The Moving Picture World, April 19, 1913


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