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A Bit of Blue Ribbon (1913)

Senor is only a horse, a thoroughbred, and winner of many blue ribbons. On account of old age, Jim Hartwell, the ranch owner, orders Steve, an employee, to take the old horse into the ... See full summary »


Rollin S. Sturgeon


Hanson Durham


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Credited cast:
Mary Charleson ... Kitty Hartwell
Charles Bennett Charles Bennett ... Jim Hartwell, Mary's Father
Anne Schaefer ... Mrs. Hartwell - Mary's Mother
Bob Burns ... Steve (as Robert Burns)
Eagle Eye Eagle Eye ... A Mexican Bandit
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Elkas Edward Elkas


Senor is only a horse, a thoroughbred, and winner of many blue ribbons. On account of old age, Jim Hartwell, the ranch owner, orders Steve, an employee, to take the old horse into the foothills and shoot him. Kitty, Hartwell's daughter, loves old Senor and claims him for her personal property. Steve loves Kitty and refuses to shoot the horse. In anger, Hartwell discharges him. The ranch owner, mounting his horse, leads Senor to the foothills. He takes the bit of blue ribbon which Kitty had tied in Senor's foretop, and throws it aside. Just as he raises his revolver to shoot, he sees a Mexican creeping towards his horse in the act of stealing it. He turns his attention towards the thief, who shoots Hartwell. Steve appears, and fires at the Mexican, who in turn, shoots Steve and escapes. Steve, not seriously wounded, turns his attention to Mr. Hartwell. The Mexican makes his way afoot across the hills and comes across a party of range riders. He notifies them that Hartwell is dead and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama





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4 January 1913 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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In this instance, they lacked a first class scenario
30 April 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The chase story and the love story will never grow trite so long as the first is ridden fairly and the second is acted sincerely. The trouble nearly always is that the first is very seldom ridden with fair play and no faking and the second very seldom rings true. This picture is a combination of both. The Vitagraph Western players are competent and while in this instance, they lacked a first class scenario, their acting has done much to redeem it. Mary Charleson and Robert Burns hold up the love story well. At the climax, the heroine rides against time and difficulties to save the hero from being unjustly lynched and then follows the chase of the villain, all of which is done in a sportsmanlike manner to please a fair-play loving audience and consequently is effective, in other words, dramatic. Charles Bennet and Anne Schaefer plays the girl's parents. "Eagle Eye" plays the desperate Mexican and does a fine fall. W.H. Durham wrote the script which R.S. Sturgeon has skillfully produced. It's a very fair, not a big offering. - The Moving Picture World, January 18, 1913

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