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Under Burning Skies (1912)

Joe would have been happily married to Emily if he could have kept his promise to give up drink. But seemingly it was impossible, and when drunk he became so reckless and dangerous that he ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Wilfred Lucas ... Joe
Blanche Sweet ... Emily
Christy Cabanne Christy Cabanne ... Emily's Husband
Alfred Paget ... Emily's Husband's Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edwin August ... On Street
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... In Bar
Charles Gorman Charles Gorman ... In Bar
Robert Harron ... On Street / At Farewell Party
Charles Hill Mailes ... In Bar / At Farewell Party
Marguerite Marsh ... At Farewell Party
Claire McDowell ... A Friend
W. Chrystie Miller ... At Farewell Party
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... On Street
Kate Toncray Kate Toncray ... The Mother (unconfirmed)
Charles West Charles West ... The Bartender
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Joe would have been happily married to Emily if he could have kept his promise to give up drink. But seemingly it was impossible, and when drunk he became so reckless and dangerous that he had received the name of "The Bad Man of San Fernand." A young man from across the desert meets Emily, and before long she consents to marry him. Joe hears of this, and, his mind inflamed by liquor, he sends a message to the new sweetheart that he will shoot him on sight. Emily fearful that Joe might carry out his threat, marries the young man at once and they start across the desert for home and safety. Joe hearing of this, vengefully follows. On the desert the ripping of their water sack has left the young couple without a supply of water, and when Joe overtakes them they are on the verge of dying from thirst. Gloating over his chance for revenge, he refuses their appeals for water and leaves them to die. He cannot, however, forget little Emily's heartrending appeals, and, his better self ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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melodrama | desert | See All (2) »

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Fernando, California, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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It is fresh and human
30 September 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A picture of life in a Western town near the desert where humanity is often big-souled if passionate and even fierce. The action, which develops before us is story of love, jealousy as hot as alkali wastes, and renunciation, has been carefully thought out. It is fresh and human and has touches, here and there, even when it verges on murder and sudden death, that convince us into laughter; this was heard all over the house. The acting is often extremely good and in some of the characters it is thoroughly good, especially in the bad men's part. The story compels interest; the backgrounds are good and the scenes are well pictured. It is a very sure feature picture. - The Moving Picture World, March 9, 1912


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