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Tracked by Bloodhounds; or, A Lynching at Cripple Creek (1904)

A tramp kills a generous woman. In revenge, her husband tracks down and lynches the tramp.
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This is one of the most sensational pictures ever made. Our photographer was in Cripple Creek ready for business when the exciting events occurred. The negative was made in the great gold camp. Dozens of prominent miners and citizens who have since been involved in deportation troubles can easily be recognized in the picture. This subject is one of the sensational money-makers. The advertising Cripple Creek has had during the past few months will make people extremely anxious to see a picture actually made in the Cripple Creek district. Scene I. Coming Up to the House. The scene opens showing a miner's cabin on Bennett avenue, Cripple Creek. A tramp approaches and knocks at the door. Scene II. Interior of the Cabin. The tramp enters, asks for food, which is given him. Not satisfied with it, he asks for money and is refused. He strikes the woman and chokes her until she falls dead on the floor. He then searches the cabin for money, and while doing so he hears sounds of approaching ... Written by Selig Catalog

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Short | Crime | Drama

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Quick Justice
29 October 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A tramp murders a woman. Her widower leads a posse to capture the felon in this drama.

It's fairly advanced for 1904. First, notice that it's edited together from twelve shots, each of them well set up, and there is a panorama shot near the end after the actual lynching. However, it uses its shots in a style of editing that would vanish in a few years. Notice that for most of the 'pursuit' shots, the fugitive enters the frame and leaves the frame; then the pursuers enter and leave the frame. By 1910, directors like D.W. Griffith would borrow stagecraft techniques and alternate shots of the fugitive and his trackers, for a faster and more exciting rhythm.


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April 1904 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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