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A Girl of the West (1912)

"Easy money" seems to be in sight for "Scar-Faced Bill," a cattle rustler, when he overhears Jones, a ranch owner, offer John Winthrop $500 for his horse, which Jones very much admires. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Tom Powers ... Jones - the Ranch Owner
Helen Case ... Dolly Dixon
Lillian Christy ... Polly Dixon
Tom Fortune Tom Fortune ... John Winthrop
Robert Thornby ... Scarfaced Bill - the Rustler
Helen Galvin Helen Galvin ... Dance Hall Nell - Bill's Sweetheart
Fred Burns Fred Burns


"Easy money" seems to be in sight for "Scar-Faced Bill," a cattle rustler, when he overhears Jones, a ranch owner, offer John Winthrop $500 for his horse, which Jones very much admires. Bill plans to steal Winthrop's horse, deliver it to Jones and get away with the money. Winthrop is very much in love with Dolly Dixon, and is very fond of Polly, her youngest sister, who is an excellent horsewoman and a great friend of the cowboys. She happens to be with him when Mr. Jones makes the agreement to buy the horse. "Dance Hall Nell" stands in with "Scar-Faced Bill," who instructs her to follow him when he gets away with Winthrop's broncho and to delay, with her winning ways and cajolery, anybody who follows. Early the next morning Polly is out for a ride. She overhears Bill's friend discussing the stealing of Winthrop's horse and the carrying out of Bill's scheme. She spurs her horse and starts at breakneck gallop to warn Mr. Jones. On the way she meets "Dance Hall Nell," who tries to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Romance | Short







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20 January 1912 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The picture might have been conducted to give it more
13 August 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A Western melodrama with three or four interesting characters. The story is also interesting, but its dramatic interest springs chiefly from the chase; there are three different phases of it shown. The first comes after Dolly, the heroine, (Miss Christie) has learned that her sweetheart's valuable horse has been stolen and she gallops off to warn the man who she knows is expecting to buy it, cash down. The second is a race between Dance-hall Nell (Miss Case), who is in league with the thief, and Polly. Polly escapes from Nell, but comes a bit too late and encounters the thief with the money. She has a dramatic struggle with this man and her pistol shot brings the cowboys to the rescue. From this comes the final chase and climax. There is excitement, but the picture might have been conducted to give it more, make it more convincing. For instance, there was a cowboy who waited for the crowd, although he was ready and might have dashed to the girl's rescue at once. Miss Christie makes a pleasing heroine and Miss Case's characterization, when Nell gets the thief's note asking for help, and also that of Jones, the horse buyer, are very good, although the latter was a bit self-conscious. A first class filler. - The Moving Picture World, February 3, 1912

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