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Tag Day at Silver Gulch (1911)

When the Rev. John Asher and his pretty daughter, Ruth, arrived at Silver Gulch mining camp they were not greeted very cordially by the miners. However, the minister and Ruth were not ... See full summary »
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When the Rev. John Asher and his pretty daughter, Ruth, arrived at Silver Gulch mining camp they were not greeted very cordially by the miners. However, the minister and Ruth were not discouraged. In the course of a few days a tent-church had been set up, but this didn't cause any falling off in attendance at the First Chance saloon. As the congregation didn't come to him, the minister decided to go to the congregation and began holding meetings outside of the saloon. Bill, one of the miners, finally enlisted in the cause, attracted probably by Ruth. It was determined to build a church. A "tag day" was set aside when all the inhabitants would be solicited to subscribe, each subscriber being decorated with a tag after making his contribution. Hearing of this, the miners painted a sign: "Notice: We ain't goin' to have no church. Buy a tag and git plugged." The Silver Gulchers weren't very swift to contribute because wearing a tag meant about the same as wearing a sign, "Please shoot me.... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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9 January 1911 (USA)  »

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The scene of the licking is one of the best in a Western film
26 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

Depicts the arrival of a minister and his daughter at Silver Gulch. As may be supposed, church affairs did not flourish in competition with the saloon, and when a tag day was announced, to raise money to build a church, opposition became pronounced, and it meant perforation, with a bullet, to buy a tag. Bill admired the daughter, and when he discovered her downcast condition, he bought the first tag, and was about to persuade the others to do likewise, when the minister arrived. He had other plans, and carefully removing his coat, he proceeded to give Hank, the ringleader of the opposition, the worst licking he ever had. Hank suddenly discovered that he needed a tag, and he assisted Bill in persuading other people that they needed tags, too. The scene of the licking is one of the best in a Western film for many days, and it fairly sets one- nerves to tingling to see it. The rest of the picture has no particular merit. - The Moving Picture World, January 21, 1911


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