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The Lonedale Operator (1911)

Unrated | | Short, Drama, Romance | 23 March 1911 (USA)
When her father becomes ill, a young woman takes over the telegraph at a lonely western railroad station. She soon gets word that the next train will deliver the payroll for a mining ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith (uncredited)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Blanche Sweet ... The Telegrapher
George Nichols ... The Lonedale Operator - the Telegrapher's Father
Francis J. Grandon ... The Engineer
Wilfred Lucas ... The Fireman
Dell Henderson ... 1st Tramp
Joseph Graybill ... 2nd Tramp
Charles West Charles West ... The Company Agent
Edward Dillon ... The Telegrapher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Verner Clarges Verner Clarges ... In Payroll Office
Edna Foster ... Messenger on Bicycle
Guy Hedlund ... On Train
Jeanie Macpherson ... In Payroll Office
W. Chrystie Miller ... In Station Lobby
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... In Payroll Office
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Storyline

When her father becomes ill, a young woman takes over the telegraph at a lonely western railroad station. She soon gets word that the next train will deliver the payroll for a mining company. The train brings not only the money, but a pair of ruffians bent on stealing it. All alone, she wires for help, and then holds off the bad guys until it arrives. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1911 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Operadora da Lonedale See more »

Filming Locations:

Inglewood, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The text of the first telegram is signed 'GWB', the initials of camera George William 'Billy' Bitzer. See more »

Goofs

Since the movie was shot on an open-air set, the wind blows the paper's on the desk in the office as well as the clothes of the actors and Blanche Sweet's hair. See more »

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Featured in Historia del cine: Epoca muda (1983) See more »

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A case of déjà vu!
17 November 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Wow was I confused when I saw this movie from 1911. I didn't recall having seen THE LONEDALE OPERATOR when I started the film, but soon after it started it was like a case of déjà vu. I KNEW I had seen the film before and even reviewed it on IMDb but I didn't remember it as being called 'THE LONEDALE OPERATOR'. After a little checking, I found that the film I had seen was THE GIRL AND HER TRUST (1912) and the films were virtually identical. And, oddly enough, both are 17 minutes long (though the speed at which the films are cranked may make this slightly longer or shorter). This really isn't too surprising, though, as when the film was made back in 1911, outright plagiarism was common and pretty much condoned and many times the same production company would remake their films only a year or so later! Often, the same film would be made by two or three or even more production companies--sometimes even with the same movie title! So it's very easy to understand the confusion.

Now as for the film itself, it's a very good early full-length movie. Believe it or not, 17 minutes make this a very long film for 1911--as most films were less than five minutes long!! Because of its "great length", the film has a good plot and is quite entertaining. Compared to other films of the age, it is a standout picture in practically every way.


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