The Miner's Destiny (1913)

John Crane, a miner, refuses to be cowed by Jenkins, the bully of the mine, but makes the mistake of being seen intoxicated. Jenkins tells the foreman and Crane is discharged. Later, there ... See full summary »

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Fred E. Wright
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Crane Wilbur ... Crane Wilkins - the Father
Octavia Handworth ... Mrs. Wilkins - the Mother
Harrish Ingraham Harrish Ingraham ... Young Wilkins - the Grown Son
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John Crane, a miner, refuses to be cowed by Jenkins, the bully of the mine, but makes the mistake of being seen intoxicated. Jenkins tells the foreman and Crane is discharged. Later, there is an explosion in the mine. Crane, because of his discharge, is suspected of having caused the explosion and on Jenkins's perjured testimony is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Jenkins becomes foreman of the mine. The shock of the sudden turn in fortune is too much for Mrs. Crane and after struggling bravely she gives up the fight and passes away. Her little boy is now homeless, but Vance Wilkins, a kindly neighbor, adopts him. The boy soon becomes known only by the name of his foster father, who, after he has finished his primary schooling, sends him to college to take a course in mine engineering. The young man returns after several years and is appointed chief engineer of the mine by Jenkins, who has secured control of the property. Because of his good behavior during the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1913 (USA) See more »

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Pathé Frères See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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A fair offering, but nothing wonderful
24 September 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A special two-part picture in which there is much that will deeply interest; yet, as a whole, it is rather slow. It is a fair offering, but nothing wonderful. The story, except at the end, at the climax, is well built. It deals with life around a mine. Its hero, who has been discharged for carelessness with dynamite, is, through a train of convincing circumstantial evidence, sent to prison for life for "killing the mine foreman." We are now shown the man in prison and the fate of his wife and small son until former dies the later is a grown man. The prisoner is freed in time to save his son's wife from the vile wishes of the man who had been the real murderer. The way this is done is effective enough up to the last few moments. There are two roles that are very well acted, those of both prisoner and villain. The photography is very good and the background interesting. - The Moving Picture World, July 19, 1913


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