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The Gold Seekers (1910)

The maxim, "'Tis darkest just before dawn," was certainly verified in the case of the despairing prospector who is the subject of this Biograph story. All his searching for the coveted ... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Henry B. Walthall ... The Prospector
Florence Barker ... The Prospector's Wife
Dell Henderson ... The Claim Agent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson
Kate Bruce ... Old Woman
Charles Craig Charles Craig ... Farmer
Francis J. Grandon ... Another Prospector
Arthur V. Johnson
Marion Leonard
W. Chrystie Miller ... In Claim Agent's Office
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... Another Prospector
Frank Opperman Frank Opperman ... Farmer
Alfred Paget ... In Claim Agent's Office
Mack Sennett ... Drunkard
John Tansey John Tansey ... The Prospector's Son (unconfirmed)


The maxim, "'Tis darkest just before dawn," was certainly verified in the case of the despairing prospector who is the subject of this Biograph story. All his searching for the coveted yellow ore has been fruitless, and he starts out to make his last effort to find pay dirt. The privations he has suffered do not affect him as much as the hardships endured by his patient wife with their little child, a boy of ten years. To see them subjected to hunger and exposure almost drives him mas, and this final effort is almost maniacal. As usual, his endeavors seem to be in vain, until in a fit of rage he hurls his pick away from him and sinks despairingly on the ground. Here he sits hopeless, when he sees something shining in the earth that the pick's point had upturned when he hurled it from him. He is dazed, and can scarcely believe his sight. However, a pan of the dirt taken to the brook and washed proves he has at last struck pay dirt. Wild with joy, he rushes to his camp to give the news ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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gold | melodrama | See All (2) »


Short | Drama







Release Date:

2 May 1910 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Sierra Madre, California, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The perversity of fate
4 May 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A story of the gold country graphically told and enriched by reproductions of the picturesque scenery which is evidently fairly representative of the land in which the action is supposed to take place. Despair seizes the prospector, and he hurls his pick from him, and just to prove the perversity of fate, the pick strikes pay dirt. Then follows some exciting moments when the miner's wife is enticed away to prevent her filing the claim, but the despicable scoundrels are foiled and she receives her paper. It is a thrilling story, told with considerable attention to details, and depicting life in the mines in a reasonably accurate manner. - The Moving Picture World, May 14, 1910

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