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Brother Bill (1919)



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Cast overview:
... William (Bill) Dexter
... Roy Dexter
Louella Maxam ... Ruth Salisbury
Vester Pegg ... Nate Salisbury
... Bud McGee


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Drama | Short | Western





Release Date:

September 1919 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Ninth of 12 episodes in the Franklyn Farnum two-reel Western series produced by Canyon Pictures Corp. See more »

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Interesting 2-reel western, with the lesser-known Farnum brother (Frankyln) and a young Buck Jones.
20 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

I turned up an old 16mm print of this, which lists Franklyn Farnum as the star. It has "art" intertitles, with drawings of the actors on a western background. Both Jones and Farnum pine for the same girl (Maxam, billed here as "Lola Maxam"), and each actor is shown at one point in a reflective moment with her face superimposed next to theirs; a device used earliest in the early Edison/Porter LIFE OF AN AMERICAN FIREMAN. The fights appear improvised to some extent, judging from the impromptu camera movements to follow the actors. The acting is underplayed to some extent (with the exception of the actress in blackface playing the family's Mammy, the only performer not identified in intertitles; she does resemble the hag in DWG's "Orphans").

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