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The Delayed Letter (1913)

Rejected by Mabel Hinton, Bob Legrande goes west on business with Raymond Condon, his partner and successful rival for Mabel's love. About midnight on the Special Western Limited, Condon ... See full summary »

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... Mabel Hinton
... Raymond Condon
... Bob Legrande
... Mabel's Mother
... Mabel's Father
Mrs. E.M. Kimball
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Rejected by Mabel Hinton, Bob Legrande goes west on business with Raymond Condon, his partner and successful rival for Mabel's love. About midnight on the Special Western Limited, Condon steps out on the rear platform of the Pullman to take the air. He is followed by Legrande, who diabolically attacks him and tries to throw him off the fast-moving train. A violent struggle ensues and Condon, in self-defense, throws Legrande over the railing. This last act is witnessed by a young country couple, who are driving along in a buggy and hurry to the aid of Legrande. The train is stopped and backed up to the spot. Legrande, unconscious, is carried to a nearby farmhouse, followed by the passengers. A physician is summoned. Condon is taken to the county jail. Legrande, believing he is going to die, writes Mabel Hinton a confession of his crime, writing on the envelope, "In case of my death to be delivered. If I recover, to be returned to me unopened." The doctor takes the letter, agreeing to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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8 January 1913 (USA)  »

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One of the first things we notice in the picture is the number of new faces
18 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

A dramatic picture well worked up and with much suspense. It begins (after stating the situation) with a struggle on the observation platform of a Pullman car, a very carefully made picture. The trees and landscape are seen whirling by and two people in a buggy witness the fight. The cause of it is a girl and the man who made the attack is thrown over; found at the point of death, he lets the innocent man be suspected of attempted murder, but leaves a letter (to be opened in case he dies), exonerating him. The doctor has this and we lose sight of it. The man gets well and is witnessing against his supposed assailant when the letter turns up. One of the first things we notice in the picture is the number of new faces; the Vitagraph Company has apparently used fifty new people as background characters. This gives a very pleasing freshness to the offering. The leading players are well known: Edith Story plays the girl; Earle Williams and Harry T. Morey, the two men, and Rose Tapley and Edward Kimball are the girl's parents. The worthy script is by Charles M. Howell and the picture is by Ralph Ince. A desirable offering. - The Moving Picture World, January 25, 1913


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