A pioneer family traveling over the hills in a prairie schooner, go into camp for the night. An Indian scout, who from an adjacent hill has noted the preparations of the pale face for ... See full summary »

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A pioneer family traveling over the hills in a prairie schooner, go into camp for the night. An Indian scout, who from an adjacent hill has noted the preparations of the pale face for camping, sees a chance for plunder. Signaling the Indian camp, a raid is planned. In the meantime May rides to the spring for fresh water, but just as she is about to scoop up a pail full of the clear, cool spring water Indians appear. Dropping her pail, she quickly mounts her horse and rides for dear life. Reaching an eminence, she sees across a deep canyon Lariat Jim, a horse herder, to whom she signals for help. Jim signals to May to ride up to a point where the canyon becomes narrow. Arriving at this place Jim throws his lariat across to May, who fastens it to a tree and performs the thrilling feat of crossing hand over hand on the lariat to the other side of the canyon, Jim with his handy gun covering her retreat. The Indians attempting to follow, Jim cuts the lariat and takes May upon his horse and... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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21 July 1911 (USA)  »

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It was handled a little slowly
26 March 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The rescue of the heroine in this film by making of a lariat a bridge on which, hand over hand, she crosses a deep ravine, is a thrilling scene. It was handled a little slowly. An Indian got to the far end of the rope and could have cut it, had, in fact, to wait till he was shot. The picture was very effective, nevertheless. Perhaps it would have been more effective if the spectators could have had a clearer idea of the impassable gulf that separated the girl from her friends as soon as she herself knew that it was there. We were shown a view of the gulf, but as shown, we failed to see why she didn't ride at once across it. When the silhouette is shown, with the girl crossing, the difficulty was made very plain. There's a later scene in the picture of an Indian attack on a pioneer's prairie schooner, and a rescue by cowboys whom the girl brings back, that is also thrilling. - The Moving Picture World, August 12, 1911


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