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The Railroad Detective's Dilemma (1913)

Billy Wayne, railroad detective, is ordered to run down a gang of freight car thieves. In one of the rifled cars he finds a piece of paper on which several Italian words are written. He is ... See full summary »

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Harland B. Moore ... Billy Wayne - Railroad Detective
... Rosa - an Italian Girl (as Marian Cooper)
... Tony - Rosa's Father
... Nick - an Italian Gang Leader
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Billy Wayne, railroad detective, is ordered to run down a gang of freight car thieves. In one of the rifled cars he finds a piece of paper on which several Italian words are written. He is led to suspect a gang of section hands working in the vicinity and fixes upon an Italian called Nick as their leader. Billy saves the life of Tony, a laborer. Nick, who loves Rosa, Tony's daughter, resents this friendship and quarrels with Tony. That evening the latter receives a threatening missive and in alarm sends Rosa for Billy. The detective finds that the writing in the letter is identical with that on the paper in his possession. The following day Billy accidentally loses a pair of handcuffs, which are found by Nick. The detective is waylaid that evening and is placed in a sack. Noticing a mall pouch hanging from a crane, and waiting to be picked up by the fast mail, Nick removes the pouch, replacing it with the sack containing Billy. The gang then proceeds to Tony's house. They attack him, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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18 October 1913 (USA)  »

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An unusually tense situation
16 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

A film story with an unusually tense situation of an improbable but pleasing nature. The hero, in search of box-car thieves, is bound and placed in a mail sack. The heroine, learning of his predicament, throws a stone at the man in the mail car. thus preventing him from catching the sack on the moving train. This story contains much that is unlikely, but it gets a firm hold on the attention and is excellent photographically. - The Moving Picture World, November 1, 1913


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