The Sheriff's Baby (1913)

Three outlaws, pursued by the posse, are crossing the desert when a child's cry halts them. Near a deserted wagon they see a mountain lion about to devour a baby, whose late guardians lie ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

Edward Bell
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alfred Paget ... The Sheriff
Henry B. Walthall ... First Bandit
Harry Carey ... Second Bandit
Lionel Barrymore ... Third Bandit
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... A Settler (as Jack Dillon)
Kate Bruce ... A Settler
Robert Harron ... The Deputy
Eldean Steuart Eldean Steuart ... The Sheriff's Baby
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Bernard Dorothy Bernard
Donald Crisp
Charles Hill Mailes
Joseph McDermott Joseph McDermott
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Storyline

Three outlaws, pursued by the posse, are crossing the desert when a child's cry halts them. Near a deserted wagon they see a mountain lion about to devour a baby, whose late guardians lie dead of thirst nearby. Driving off the beast, the outlaws rescue the baby, first feeding it and then taking it with them, despite the handicap of its presence. Attacked by Indians, they still refuse to desert "Little Pardner." In a running fight one outlaw is killed; another dies of thirst. The survivor escapes and, seeing the posse in the distance, fires a shot to attract their attention. The sheriff, coming up, is amazed to see, in the outlaw's arms, his own motherless baby, which he had left in the care of an old settler and his wife. The story told, he bids the outlaw go where he will, for he will never take him prisoner. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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baby | desert | See All (2) »

Genres:

Western | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1913 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Fernando, California, USA

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Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of D.W. Griffith's last films before he left the Biograph Company; it was filmed entirely outdoors. See more »

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A good picture of the desert
26 August 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

All kinds of Wild West melodrama will be found in this picture, Indians, wild animals, outlaws and the thirst of the desert all conspire, so to speak, to rob the baby of his short life; but fate wills otherwise. It gives a good picture of the desert and has speedy action. In places it is a bit awkward from slow turning on the part of the camera man. Those half-instant scenes, in which we catch a glimpse of quivering fingers and waving arms, but see nothing else, are not very effective. - The Moving Picture World, April 12, 1913


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