Bill Going is the star pitcher for his local Choctaw baseball team. Gamblers from Jimtown try to persuade him to throw the game and he shoots and kills them. He is given a reprieve to pitch the last game of the year.
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The pitcher for the Choctaw baseball team, Bill Going, is confronted by crooks regarding an upcoming game. The crooks try bribing Bill with money and drink to get him to throw the game, but he spurns their offers. One of the crooks pulls out a pistol and Bill wrests it away from him, accidentally killing him. The sheriff arrests Bill. Bill is next seen standing near a freshly-dug grave, while a firing squad is readied. The tribe's chief convinces the sheriff to allow him to stand in for Bill so that Bill can pitch in the big game. The sheriff writes a plea for a reprieve and sends it with a rider in hopes that mercy will be granted Bill due to the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Bill goes to the game and leads the Choctaws to victory and then returns to his position before the firing squad while the sheriff waits for a last minute reprieve. Written by Anonymous

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6 December 1909 (USA)  »

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Strange Little Film
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

His Last Game (1909)

*** (out of 4)

A rather strange baseball flick has an Indian pitcher planning his final game, which just happens to be the championship. Before the game, gamblers from the other team try to make him throw the game but when he refuses, the gambler pulls a gun, which leads to a deadly confrontation. This is a very strange little film due to the subject matter and how the violence is played out. There are a couple twists, which I won't spoil here but they certainly wouldn't pass in today's time. The baseball footage is nice but the real key here is, as I said, the strange violence. It's also worth noting that there are four scenes in the film and each of them are filmed as one long take so there's no break in the action.

From Kino's Reel Baseball: Baseball Films of the Silent Era.


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