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The Female of the Species (1912)

Four survivors from an abandoned mining town - a married couple, the wife's sister, and a younger woman - are making a desperate trip to safety across the desert. The wife suspects the ... See full summary »

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Charles West ... The Miner (as Charles H. West)
... The Miner's Wife
... The Miner's Wife's Sister
Dorothy Bernard ... The Other Woman
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Four survivors from an abandoned mining town - a married couple, the wife's sister, and a younger woman - are making a desperate trip to safety across the desert. The wife suspects the younger woman of having an affair with her husband, and soon afterwards the husband dies suddenly. The three women must then continue their journey amidst the growing tensions caused by the wife's desire for revenge. Written by Snow Leopard

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Will probably cause a good deal of discussion
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A picture giving us a remarkable psychological study. It is very effectively and vividly presented and will probably cause a good deal of discussion. It is acted for the most part by three players, and these roles are taken by the three best known ladies of the Biograph Company. The background is the desert and we are given remarkable views of it, with its cutting sand dust, its strange growths, cactus and the like, and its deadly thirst. The action that the picture shows transpires while these three women are crossing the desert toward civilization. Its object, very roughly speaking, is to bring out dramatically two or three considerations that strongly affect the female of the species in her attitude toward life. The picture is clean-handed, artistically strong and unusually interesting. The photographs are excellent. We call it a feature and think it would serve as such almost anywhere. - The Moving Picture World, April 27, 1912


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