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The Mother of the Ranch (1911)

James Collins leaves his dear old mother and goes West, where he becomes connected with the Bar Diamond Outfit. He finds the life of a cowboy arduous and the pay meager. The possibilities ... See full summary »

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... Ed Neville - the Ranch Foreman
... Undetermined Role (unconfirmed)
... James Collins
... Mrs. Collins - the Mother of the Ranch
... The Ranchman
... The mother's friend back east
... Cowhand (as George Morrison)
Carl Morrison ... Cowhand
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James Collins leaves his dear old mother and goes West, where he becomes connected with the Bar Diamond Outfit. He finds the life of a cowboy arduous and the pay meager. The possibilities of owning a herd of his own by blotting brands or branding calves, occurs to him, as it has to many others, who desire quick results from very little effort. Six months later, he is a full-fledged cattle thief, branding cattle, under his own registered brand, while ostensibly an honest cowboy in the employ of the Bar Diamond Ranch. He writes his mother of his success and she, never dreaming of the hazardous occupation her son is following, plans to join him in the West. Jim grows reckless in his branding and starts blotting his employer's brand. It is soon noticed by the cowboys and they keep a sharp watch for the cattle thief. At last, the ranchman himself discovers the rustler branding cattle and riding over alone, he is surprised to find one of his own men engaged in the nefarious work. He ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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14 September 1911 (USA)  »

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Not all have added murder to their thievery
16 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

The features of this film are the branding of calves to get a herd of cattle, which has been done by more than one, who has come to grief as this one did by murder and its punishment. Not all have added murder to their thievery, and not all have met such swift retribution. The man's mother, a sweet-faced, white haired old lady, arrives just after the murderer has been buried. Not desiring to let her know the truth they give her the locket and tell her he died a heroic death. They take her to the grave and leave her. Later they invite her to remain with them and become the mother of the ranch, and she, having no other ties, gladly accepts the invitation. - The Moving Picture World, September 30, 1911


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