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A Question of Seconds (1912)

Hardwell, a young engineer, running a new railroad through a tough western section, falls in love with Bonita, daughter of Jim Collins, a wealthy ranchman. Haligo Laderez, a wealthy Mexican... See full summary »
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Cast

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Charles Ogle ... Jim Collins - the Ranchman
Mary Fuller ... Bonita - the Ranchman's Daughter
Harold M. Shaw ... Hardwell - a Young Surveyor
Richard Neill ... Haligo Laderez
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Hardwell, a young engineer, running a new railroad through a tough western section, falls in love with Bonita, daughter of Jim Collins, a wealthy ranchman. Haligo Laderez, a wealthy Mexican, also has his eye on Bonita. When he sees that Bonita is favoring Hardwell, he invites the gang of Mexicans working for Hardwell to strike for more money. They are refused, so Haligo sets about capturing Hardwell, who has escaped and is on his way to the sheriff. As he is making his way through a narrow railway cut, Hardwell is hemmed in at both sides by Haligo's men, so he takes refuge behind a barricade of rocks. Unable to get at Hardwell, Haligo places a can of gun powder in front of the rocks and lights the fuse. Just before the flame reaches the can, Bonita and the sheriff arrive, putting the Mexicans to flight. The next day Bonita's father agrees to let her become the wife of Hardwell. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Thriller

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1912 (USA) See more »

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Edison Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the documentary St. Johns, Newfoundland, and Its Surroundings (1912). See more »

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All's Fair In Love and War
25 August 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Mary Fuller is courted by two men: Charles Ogle, a railroad superintendent, and Richard Neill, a Mexican. Neill decides to get rid of his rival by getting his fellow Mexicans to ambush him and then blowing him up with dynamite. What will Mary do in this Vitagraph short subject?

Despite the stereotyping, this is a fine little movie, with nice scenery and good acting (by the standards of 1912) by all actors. Miss Fuller was a major talent at this point in her career; Ogle was a well regarded film actor and would remain one through the end of silent movies, whereupon he would retire; Neill would work through the 1950s, albeit usually in extra roles. The uncredited director of this film handles the crowd scenes very well.

If you wish to take a look for yourself, this movie has been posted to the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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