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A Frontier Girl's Courage (1911)

Bad luck with crops necessitates the removal of John Wilson, with his family, to the west. Traveling in an emigrant train, they proceed uneventfully, and finally make camp in the Indian ... See full summary »
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... Jim Hawkins
... Mary Wilson
Frank Clark ... John Wilson - Mary's Father
Jane Keckley ... Sarah Wilson - Mary's Mother
Roy Watson ... Tom Wilson - Mary's Brother
Frank Richardson ... James White - a Rancher
Anna Dodge ... Amanda White - James's Wife
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Bad luck with crops necessitates the removal of John Wilson, with his family, to the west. Traveling in an emigrant train, they proceed uneventfully, and finally make camp in the Indian country. Mary, Wilson's daughter, is given some washing to do, and she makes her way to the stream to complete her task. In the meantime, the Indians have sighted the party, and give chase. They lose no time in sneaking up, kill the brother, who is pasturing the horses for the night, stampeding the animals, and massacring the rest of the family, but Mary. She, hearing the shots and shouts, is terrified and rushes into the brush. Jim Hawkins, a prospector on his way to the gold lands, also hears the shots, and takes to the river to hide his tracks. While there he is seen by Mary, who rushes to him, explains the catastrophe, and is taken on behind. But Indians are no easy proposition to 'lose" and they easily find Hawkins' tracks and follow him. Hawkins and Mary take refuge in a canyon and barricade ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Western

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5 December 1911 (USA)  »

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Somewhat more interesting than the usual run of such
3 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

An Indian melodrama, which, although it seemed a bit too loosely made, and dragged in several places, is, nevertheless, somewhat more interesting than the usual run of such. The girl is not shown as doing any signal deed of courage; she courageously helped a prospector fight off a large band of the reds. She had met this prospector in the brush; herself an only survivor of a little group of settlers whom these Indians had just wiped out. The prospector and she are cornered, a bit later, and have a sharp fight with the murderous band, but beat them off. The girl is wounded by a brave, who crept up near them unawares but was killed by the man. Herbert Bosworth plays the prospector. I don't remember ever seeing him make any blunder that mattered in any other picture. In this film, with the intention of producing a pathetic picture, he clasps the now wounded heroine in his arms, holds her tightly, and fires over her shoulder, without realizing that she is his shield and protects him from bullets. There are some good, well made scenes, and some interesting backgrounds; but the photography is not quite as clear as in the best pictures. It is a commendable picture. - The Moving Picture World, December 16, 1911


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