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Red Cloud's Secret (1911)

Philip Armstrong, a young clergyman, was advised to go west for his health. Upon arriving at the Bar X ranch he found a lot of rough-looking fellows seated at cards. One of the players, ... See full summary »

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Philip Armstrong, a young clergyman, was advised to go west for his health. Upon arriving at the Bar X ranch he found a lot of rough-looking fellows seated at cards. One of the players, Daley, the leader of the gang, rose and began to put the young easterner through an invitation. But he went too far when he wrenched a Bible from the young man's hands, and striking the attitude of a preacher, began to read in a sacrilegious manner. Armstrong fought with all his might to recover the Bible, but was overpowered by the bully and fell exhausted to the floor. He was saved from further indignities by the sudden entrance of Doris, the young lady in the town, who commanded everyone's respect. Soon after, Armstrong secured a position as cook. While at the kitchen door, and old Indian stopped and begged a bite to eat. Armstrong gave him plenty, but the poor old redskin did not have a chance to finish, for Daley chanced by and started to beat him up. Now Armstrong by this time had gained strength... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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3 August 1911 (USA)  »

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One wonders why this picture was produced
2 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

The hero of this picture is a "lunger," an Easterner who has come to the West for his health. The villain of the picture early shows his quality. Red Cloud is an Indian, starving though his limbs and face seem very well nourished. This Indian is fed by the hero, but the villain comes and knocks the bread out of his mouth and the hero, now grown well and strong, gives him a drubbing which the heroine is there to see. There are no guns used or seen in this picture. The climax, a fight for the gold mine that Red Cloud discloses to the hero, is not very convincing; it is too plainly "nursed." This fight is cumulative; first the Indian fights with the villain, then the heroine comes and takes a hand. She sends the horse with a message in his bridle for the hero. The horse shies at the camera, but reaches the hero who soon appears on the scene of the fight. He and the villain fight for the mine like chimpanzees and, in a lull, the Indian throws the villain over the cliff and goes over with him, ending the contest. The final scene showing the result of this fall to the rocky stream below is very ugly. One wonders why this picture was produced or whether it will pay ever in money. - The Moving Picture World, August 19, 1911


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