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'49-'17 (1917)

Unrated | | Drama, Western | 15 October 1917 (USA)
A retired judge comes West to restore a ghost town.

Director:

Ruth Ann Baldwin

Writers:

William Wallace Cook (short story "The Old West Per Contract"), Ruth Ann Baldwin (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joseph W. Girard ... Judge Brand (as Joseph Girard)
Leo Pierson ... Tom Reeves - aka Tom Robbins
William Dyer William Dyer ... J. Gordon Castle (as William J. Dyer)
Mattie Witting Mattie Witting ... Ma Bobbett (as Martha Witting)
George C. Pearce ... Ezra Pa Bobbett (as George Pearce)
Jean Hersholt ... 'Gentleman Jim' Raynor
Donna Drew Donna Drew ... Peggy Bobbett
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Storyline

A judge who had taken part in the gold rush of 1849 hires an acting troupe to recreate the experience in this rather fanciful silent Western. The make-believe turns serious when a real gold-mine is discovered nearby and a local girl is kidnapped by a nasty gambler. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Old West Per Contract See more »

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Silent
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The first Western to be directed by a woman. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Bobbett: I'm going down to flirt with the goldfish.
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Alternate Versions

Kino International Corp. copyrighted and released a video in 2000, produced by Jessica Rosner with a piano score composed and performed by Jon Mirsalis. It was made from a Library of Congress preservation print and runs 63 minutes. See more »

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Edited into Women Who Made the Movies (1992) See more »

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Interesting Old Western
10 June 2001 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

A judge "out East" misses the days of his youth out west and hires a man to go out and find actors who will populate the old deserted town he once lived in. The man he sends ends up in San Diego (excellent scenery in the pigeon feeding scenes) and happens upon an old west show that is failing dismally. They are ready to take the judge up on his offer to populate "Nugget Notch" and the story goes from there.

Wildly improbable coincedences, an old mystery cleared up and on and on. Some of the story will have you scratching your head in confusion.

Nice diversion for a late night's viewing though. Early western by a rare woman director. Recommended marginally.


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