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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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Hobart Bosworth ... Jim Hawkins
Betty Harte ... Mary Wilson
Frank Clark Frank Clark ... John Wilson - Mary's Father
Jane Keckley Jane Keckley ... Sarah Wilson - Mary's Mother
Roy Watson Roy Watson ... Tom Wilson - Mary's Brother
Frank Richardson Frank Richardson ... James White - a Rancher
Anna Dodge 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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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

5 December 1911 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Exciting and Well-Directed
10 March 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Indians attack and massacre a wagon train. Betty Harte, the lone survivor, finds Hobart Bosworth and they try to hold off the savages in this well-directed and exciting short subject.

Miss Harte is a bit over the top -- as might be expected fleeing for her life -- but director-star Bosworth, as well as the rest of the cast, are just fine. Their performances, in which they largely do whatever it is they are doing, give this movie a reality which is immensely compelling.

Bosworth had a long and successful career in the movies, first for Selig, then for his own company, which was merged into what would become Paramount. His leading career would last through the early 1920s, and he would remain an important supporting actor until his death in 1943.


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