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A Romance of the Western Hills (1910)

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Civilization as it appealed to the Indian maiden. A party of tourists visit an Indian Tillage and are charmed by the pretty little Indian girl, who offers for their consideration ornaments ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Indian
Alfred Paget ... Indian
Arthur V. Johnson ... Indian
Dorothy West ... Tourist
Dell Henderson ... Tourist
Kate Bruce ... Tourist
Charles West Charles West ... The Nephew
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Blanche Sweet
Kathlyn Williams ... Second Woman
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Civilization as it appealed to the Indian maiden. A party of tourists visit an Indian Tillage and are charmed by the pretty little Indian girl, who offers for their consideration ornaments and beads. A book of civilization falls into her hands and naturally the girl is fascinated by the apparent mysticism of it, but her lover, a young brave, tells her, "White man's book no good." This, however, does not dissuade her, as her slight association with the white people has made their sphere appear to her enthralling, hence when she has the chance of living in their world she is elated. She is adopted by a kindly disposed couple who treat her almost as their daughter, educating her and showering on her every attention. She is happy, but the tyranny of fate conspires, and she is made to realize the bitterness of her condition. The young nephew of her benefactors arrives from college, and is attracted by the little Indian girl, and pays her quite some attention. This the little girl assumes ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1910 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Preserved paper print at the Library of Congress. See more »

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He should not trifle with her
22 April 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Any film which depicts subjects in which Indians are shown is interesting, partly because the photography must be done outdoors, and partly because there is a great interest in Indian subjects. It can be said, too, without fear of correction, that much good is accomplished by these films which show how the Indian has been abused and mistreated. In this picture the white man who trifles with the Indian girl should have been severely punished. Indeed, it was the girl who suffered through his perfidy. Obviously the white man could not love an Indian girl sufficiently to marry her, but he should not trifle with her. Even though the girl in this instance goes hack to her own people, one feels that the man should be punished for deceiving her. The acting and staging are both good, and the photography is clear and accurate in tonal qualities - The Moving Picture World, April 23, 1910


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