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The Broken Doll (1910)

Joe Stevens came out west to court fortune prospecting in the mountains. He has met with more than fair success and writes his wife that she might join him as soon as she could. Wishing to ... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


Belle Taylor


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Credited cast:
Gladys Egan ... Little Indian Girl
Mack Sennett ... Joe Stevens
Linda Arvidson ... Mrs. Joe Stevens
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clara T. Bracy ... Victim of Massacre (unconfirmed)
Kate Bruce ... Indian
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... Townsman
Dark Cloud ... Indian Chief (unconfirmed)
Dorothy Davenport ... Townswoman
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... Townsman
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... Townsman
Francis J. Grandon ... Indian
Joseph Graybill ... Victim of Massacre
Guy Hedlund ... Indian
Dell Henderson ... Indian
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... Townsman


Joe Stevens came out west to court fortune prospecting in the mountains. He has met with more than fair success and writes his wife that she might join him as soon as she could. Wishing to surprise him, she and their child appear before him unannounced. On the day of her arrival a party of Indians from a reservation nearby visit the village to procure supplies. Among them is a little Indian girl, who, being an unfavored child, is very roughly treated by her mother. The poor tot has never known a kind word or attention. Approaching the cabin of Stevens, the little Indian beholds Joe's child playing with a very pretty doll. The doll fascinates the Indian girl and Mrs. Stevens persuades her daughter to give it to her. This act of kindness, the first the poor little child has ever experienced, so overwhelms her with gratitude that she is at a loss to know how to express it. However, her little heart pulsates with a new energy, and she leaves her new found friends all aglow with thanks. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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melodrama | native american | See All (2) »


Short | Drama







Release Date:

17 October 1910 (USA) See more »

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Coytesville, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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The realism of some of the scenes is impressive
18 September 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The usual thing, but dished up with a dainty flavoring and artistic touches that whets the appetite for more of the same kind. Who would imagine that a film bearing such an innocent title would contain all the glamour of the wildest west, with bloodthirsty redskin bucks, dusky squaws, war dances, murder and pillage? It is all there to thrill the gallery gods; but, unusual thing, through it all runs a thread of human sympathy, delineated by the cleverest of child actresses and appealing to the sentiments of the most intelligent audience. The story is strong in its simplicity and has been handled with great dramatic power. It tells of a frontier settlement that was saved from annihilation by the gift of a doll which won the affection of an Indian child. Resenting the ill-treatment she received from the members of the tribe, the Indian child warns her friends in time of a hostile attack. She is mortally wounded by a stray shot during the conflict and as she lies down to die beside the grave she had prepared for the doll which had been destroyed by a cruel Indian, one cannot restrain a feeling of exultation that she has passed beyond the cruel life she was compelled to lead. All through the piece the acting is convincing and the realism of some of the scenes is impressive. It is a film which will please any audience. - The Moving Picture World, October 29, 1910

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