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The Shyness of Shorty (1910)

Shorty of Bar X arrives at Bailey's place. Hot Joy, the celestial who presides over the culinary department, sees fit to laugh at Shorty's make-up. Shorty fails to appreciate the joke and ... See full summary »

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Shorty of Bar X arrives at Bailey's place. Hot Joy, the celestial who presides over the culinary department, sees fit to laugh at Shorty's make-up. Shorty fails to appreciate the joke and literally mops the floor with the said Hot Joy, whereat Bailey shows amusement. Shorty, seeing Bailey laughing, inquires if he is laughing at him. Bailey is quick with his apology, which he seconds with an invitation to the bar. Shorty accepts and, as he is about to take a drink, sees a reward notice offering $5,000 for the capture of the Tremper gang of cattle thieves, signed by Ross Turney, the Sheriff of the county. He and Bailey have some conversation about this. Finally Shorty leaves the bar to unhitch his team. While he is in the barn with the horses Ross Turney and his young bride arrive and register at Bailey's. After Shorty has unhitched his team he leaves the stable to go into the hotel when Hot Joy, who is passing with a bucket of fresh water, mutters some Chinese imprecation which falls ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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7 June 1910 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy Mr. Bumptious on Birds (1910). See more »

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A character study rather than a swashbuckling representation
16 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

A stirring character study, developed among the bold, free element which made the early West a gathering place for their forage and depredations. Shorty is a little fellow, but he makes it plainly evident at the outset that he is amply able to care for himself under ordinary conditions. The proximity of a woman, however, upsets him temporarily, though he eventually regains his poise. The introduction of the outlaws, their connection with the hotel man and the exciting episode of capturing the sheriff are admirably managed. Then enters Shorty, drunk, it is true, but dangerous, as the outlaws soon discover. Ultimately, with the help of the sheriff's wife, the outlaws are backed up against the wail, and law and order triumph. Like all Western stories, and melodramatic tales of contests with outlaws, this story possesses a peculiar fascination, and one follows every movement of the characters with increasing interest. It is, perhaps, quite within the limit of facts to say that the picture is one of the best depicting the West which has come out in a long time. It is a character study rather than a swashbuckling representation of mere bravado. As such it deserves commendation. - The Moving Picture World, June 18, 1910


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