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Billy and His Pal (1911)

Ranch hand Jim is a friend to a boy named Billy at the corral he works for. When a Mexican gets fresh with a lady, he socks him, but the fight is broken up. Later, on the trail, Jim sends ... See full summary »

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Ranch hand Jim is a friend to a boy named Billy at the corral he works for. When a Mexican gets fresh with a lady, he socks him, but the fight is broken up. Later, on the trail, Jim sends Billy to the store where he overhears the Mexican and his gang plot revenge.Jim's kidnapped and tied in the path of a large rock they plan to roll over him, but Billy rouses the other hands to ride to a rescue. Written by WesternOne

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Short | Drama | Western

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16 February 1911 (USA)  »

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Long believed lost, a copy of the film was discovered in 2010 in a cache at the New Zealand Film Archive. See more »

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The Mountain to Mohammed, Please
1 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

BILLY AND HIS PAL is clearly meant to be a comedy, although it may take you a while to untangle that fact if you look at it without warning. Edith Storey plays Billy in drag, lending a piquant tension to Billy's friendship with Francis Ford. Ford was the elder brother of John Ford and a major actor-director in the mid-teens. He got his kid brother a job and although he continued to play major supporting roles through the 1930s, is today best remembered for eccentric bits in John Ford pictures; my mental image of him is as the old Irishman who rises from his deathbed to witness the titanic battle between John Wayne and Victor McLaglen in THE QUIET MAN.

Anyway, Francis, a good looking galoot, is courting a young woman, but various Mexican-looking individuals decide to do him dirt. So they tie him up at the bottom of an arroyo and then go dig out a boulder to bounce off his head. Before they can manage this Herculean task, Billy has alerted the cowpokes who ride to the rescue, with Bily bringing up the rear on a burro.

It's pretty idiotic, which makes me think it a comedy. It's also not funny and at fifteen minutes is way too long. The photography is pretty good, with some very nice landscape photography. It's unlikely to be worth your time.If you think it might be, take a look at the National Film Preservation website. They have it online with a nice rustic-sounding score.


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