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At the End of the Trail (1912)

With a warrant for the arrest of Manuel Lopes, a notorious Mexican horse thief, the sheriff strikes his trail. He finds the desperado out in the desert, prostrated by thirst. He revives him... See full summary »

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Rollin S. Sturgeon
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George Stanley ... The Sheriff (as George C. Stanley)
Robert Thornby ... Manuel Lopez - a Horse Thief
Edna Fisher ... Mercedes Lopez - the Horse Thief's Daughter
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With a warrant for the arrest of Manuel Lopes, a notorious Mexican horse thief, the sheriff strikes his trail. He finds the desperado out in the desert, prostrated by thirst. He revives him with water from his own canteen, and placing the handcuffs on him, puts him under arrest. After regaining his strength, the Mexican treacherously pretends to be weak. The sheriff, little suspecting an attack, is struck down by his prisoner. He is left to face the death from which he has just rescued his assailant. The Mexican takes the key from the prostrate man's pocket, and unlocking the handcuffs, places them upon the sheriff. The brave officer, as soon as he regains his senses, resolves to stick to the end of the trail, and, wounded though he is, crawls manacled to the Mexican's house. Some cowboys, who see the Mexican on the sheriff's pony, follow him to his home, where his daughter, Mercedes, has given shelter to the sheriff. The Mexican reaches the house ahead of the others. His daughter ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Class Distinctions in the Old West
28 October 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Sheriff George Stanley is tracking horse thief Robert Thornby. They meet and Thornby shoots Stanley, restrains him with his own handcuffs, steals his horse and leaves him for dead in the desert. Thornby makes his way to a shack where he finds his horse and Edna Stanley, the daughter of the horse thief in this western from Rollin Sturgeon's unit at Vitagraph.

Almost every production company produced westerns; they were cheap and popular. Vitagraph's western unit had a small stock company and produced a lot of short films that would later become the sort of movie that fans would call B westerns; the villains were often Mexicans and the plots were simple and suitable for the short length of these movies. This, although not a particularly distinguished example of the genre -- frankly, I think few of the Vitagraph westerns were -- is watchable.

A good copy with the original toning effects has been posted to the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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