Across the Plains (1911)

Jennie Lee and her father are on their way to Golden California, from a little Kansas farm, traveling in a prairie schooner. At the last settlement visited by the two, the old man, who has ... See full summary »
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Cast overview:
Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson ... The Cowboy
Gladys Field ... Jennie Lee
Arthur Mackley ... Jennie's Father
John B. O'Brien ... The Cowboy's Friend
Fred Church
Harry Todd
Brinsley Shaw
Victor Potel
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Jennie Lee and her father are on their way to Golden California, from a little Kansas farm, traveling in a prairie schooner. At the last settlement visited by the two, the old man, who has a weakness for drink, purchases several bottles of whiskey, which he begins drinking when they have made camp for the night. A lone cowboy calls upon them and finds the old man in a jovial mood and cautions him to beware of the hostile tribe of Indians, through whose country they are now traveling. Unmindful of the warning, Lee continues to drink until thoroughly intoxicated, despite the pleadings of his daughter. Suddenly over the brow of a hill a scouting Indian is seen to appear, sees the wagon and the drunken white, and slipping cautiously away, goes to his Indian village, where he informs the other braves of the trespassing settlers. The Indians leap astride their shaggy pones and with was whoops ride off to make short work of the whites. The girl sees them coming and implores her father to get... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The average audience will enjoy the thrill
5 January 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A question will be raised upon seeing this film, whether it is quite the thing to accept the fact as here set forth that a girl driving a prairie schooner can hold her against Indians on horseback. If the photoplay is looked upon as an accurate description of life of course this scene must be considered too unreal to be included. If, however, the story of the picture is to be considered as the principal feature, then this incident assists in holding interest. It must be admitted that the average audience will enjoy the thrill which this scene affords without analyzing the possibilities of it too closely. The fight at the shack is not improbable. In fact, the same thing has been done a good many times before, while the appearance of the ranchmen and the beating off of the Indians are but incidents which have been many times repeated. That an audience will be pleased with this picture is certain. The improbability of the thrilling race in the first scenes will not mar the enjoyment of the story excepting in a few people. - The Moving Picture World, April 15, 1911


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1911 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Redlands, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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