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Jessalyn Van Trump

  • Jan 16, 1887 - May 02, 1939 (age 52)
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1920
The Girl in the Rain
MovieJul 17, 1920

The Girl in the Rain

A man and two women, suspected of stealing bonds, are traced …
A man and two women, suspected of stealing bonds, are traced to a country hotel. While Judith, one of the women, is out horseback riding, the other two, Walter and Vera, are arrested. When, during a storm, Judith is injured in a fall from her horse, Boone Pendleton comes to her rescue. Soon the river becomes impassable, and they are trapped in Boone's cabin, where the two fall in love. Because of her plight, Judith refuses Boone's proposal of marriage, though, and after the river recedes, when detectives come for her, she escapes and then aids Walter and Vera in breaking out of jail. Taking refuge at Walter's country estate, they are again intercepted by the detectives. It is then revealed that Judith is Walter's sister and that the theft was his first offense; Judith and his wife Vera were helping him to escape punishment. When Walter returns the bonds, charges are dropped, and Judith is free to marry Boone.
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1914
His Punishment
MovieApr 14, 1914

His Punishment

Day after day O'Hara watched the roses wither on the cheeks of …
Day after day O'Hara watched the roses wither on the cheeks of his daughter, Cathleen. And his longing to free her from the drudgery and danger of her work in no wise decreased when with the suddenness of fate an accident at her machine almost took her from him entirely. The foreman, observed, understood, and filed the knowledge in his memory for future use in the pitiless game for gain. When the employer's persistent refusal to install safety devices had threatened to precipitate a strike which he could ill afford; when to save his contracts he had been forced to submit to their demands of arbitration, and O'Hara had been chosen as the representative of his fellow workers, then the foreman realized that the opportunity for use of the knowledge he had gained was at hand. Though other demands might be acceded to, the very marrow of the bone of contention, the installation of safety devices must be passed through in the employer's favor, and for the purpose of bribing the delegate, a stated sum had been allowed the foreman, "enough to send Cathleen to school," was the bait the tempter offered. The foreman used his weapons well. When O'Hara left for the conference next day he carried with him, along with the good wishes of the workers he was to betray, a burden of conscience. And fifteen minutes later a messenger, hearing the news of Cathleen's injury, was hurrying after. Realizing how the news would affect O'Hara's decision, the foreman decided to stop the messenger. An exciting race ensued. Money's might was again brought into play. The messenger was delayed and arrived too late. O'Hara had signed away the rights of his fellow workers. At the bedside of his daughter, Cathleen, O'Hara realizes his mistake, when the foreman tendered him the price of betrayal, of love and of his conscience.
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The Higher Law
MovieFeb 21, 1914

The Higher Law

Jack Byrnes, a secret service man, spends his vacation in the …
Jack Byrnes, a secret service man, spends his vacation in the Virginia mountains. There he meets Bertha Herman, who, with her father, a famous counterfeiter, is in hiding from the New York police. Byrnes falls in love with Bertha and wants to marry her, but she refuses and goes away, giving as her reason that she is not good enough for an honest mountaineer. Byrnes, being roughly dressed, thinks her mistake is natural. Byrnes is brought hack to New York by the secret service to look for Herman and fails to find him. He then puts a notice of his death in the papers and Herman falls for the bait and comes back to New York and Byrnes captures him, but he escapes and Bertha marries Byrnes after all.
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The Clerk
MovieFeb 17, 1914

The Clerk

John Gray was the confidential clerk of William Hendricks, a …
John Gray was the confidential clerk of William Hendricks, a banker, who had amassed considerable wealth by various dubious methods. The clerk did not approve of his employer's business methods, but lacked the courage to seek another position. Into Gray's life came his first romance in the person of the new office stenographer, a pretty young girl. She accorded him a frank liking, and he dared to dream of the time when she would be his wife. His masterful employer, however had noticed the girl's attractions, and flattered her by his attentions, and she became his wife. The clerk, his romance blasted, yet felt that her future would be far more secure as the banker's wife. As the years passed the business of the firm declined, and to save himself from ruin the banker defrauded his creditors by concealing parts of his assets. The clerk was an accomplice to the act, and knew that if detected it meant prison for them both. But when Mrs. Hendricks died, alone and neglected, while her husband drank with a boon companion, the mouse-like characteristics of the clerk died, and he became a man. To punish the man who had cared too little for the woman he loved, the clerk revealed evidence which sent his employer to prison, and although it meant his own punishment, he did so gladly, for he had ceased to care for life the day that his loved one died.
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A Turn of the Cards
MovieFeb 8, 1914

A Turn of the Cards

John Richards was a hard-working man with a pretty wife and a …
John Richards was a hard-working man with a pretty wife and a little boy, whom he idolized. Taylor, his assistant, was a bachelor who lived far beyond his means and already, unknown to his trusting chief, had embezzled some of the bank's funds. Taylor was cowardly and he endeavored to involve Richards in his thefts, so that when discovery came he would share the blame with him. Craftily he tried to induce Richards to "borrow" some of the money for a "sure thing" in a certain gambling house he frequented, but the paying teller indignantly refused, and then, reassured by Taylor's laughing manner, believed that his assistant was only joking. The embezzler bided his time and it soon came. Richards' little boy was seriously injured, and the services of a specialist were necessary for the little boy's life to be saved. The president of the bank refused the advance his paying teller requested, and then with despair gripping Richards, the voice of the tempter was heard, and Taylor bent Richards to his will. Richards took the money, the specialist was paid and prepared to perform the operation in the paving teller's home. The speculations of both Richards and Taylor were discovered and officers sent to arrest them. Richards was arrested as he awaited the result of the operation in his child's bedroom, but his wife was left in merciful ignorance of his plight. The two culprits were brought to the bank president's home. The evidence was conclusive and they could not deny it. Their employer was a grim man, who hardly regarded his clerks as human beings, so he made a proposition to them which was as unique as it was startling. "You men shall stake your liberty upon the cards," he said, as he tossed a pack of cards upon the table, "The loser goes to prison, the winner retains his position." It presented the one path to freedom, and the men eagerly accepted it. And so John Richards, while the doctors fought for the life of his child, battled to his liberty, and the final turn of the cards brought defeat. The impassive officers seized him, and Taylor nonchalantly strolled toward the door. But at the door his employer halted him. The banker's hand darted swiftly into Taylor's sleeve, and returned holding several cards. "You cheat," he said scornfully, and he motioned to the officers to release Richards and take Taylor in his place. As the door closed behind Taylor and his guards, Richards sank into a chair, but at that moment the telephone rang, and the paying teller heard the glad tidings that his child's life was saved.
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The Ring
MovieJan 20, 1914

The Ring

When the coming marriage of those of social prominence is …
When the coming marriage of those of social prominence is announced, the newspapers herald it widely, but the mating of factory toilers, while fully as important to the nation, is regarded as of little moment. The engagement of Maggie Gallagher to Dan Maher, was in the latter class. They worked in the same factory, lived on the same street, and had known each other since childhood. When he asked the question which millions of young men had asked before him, she gave a happy consent, and was as fully satisfied as if Dan had been a millionaire instead of merely a factory hand. The question of an engagement ring proved a serious problem to the groom elect. His savings were small and the price asked for even very modest rings was almost prohibitive to him. Providence seemed to smile upon him when he found a handsome diamond ring upon the sidewalk, ignorant of its value, he decided that no harm would be done by keeping it and presenting it to Maggie, and so, unwittingly, he started trouble for himself. The owner of the ring advertised for it, offering a reward, and the advertisement chanced to be read by Nora Kelly, who had vainly endeavored to ensnare handsome Dan, Nora was angry, and in her rage did something which she bitterly regretted. She had seen Dan find the ring, and going to the owner, she told the lady that Dan had stolen it. Dan was arrested, charged with the theft of the ring and locked up. After the momentary feeling of joy Nora felt keen pangs of remorse. The sight of Maggie, her successful rival, bravely trying to keep back the tears as she worked at her machine, was more than she could bear. She went to Mrs. Gerard, the owner of the ring, and told her that Dan was guiltless of all wrong. He was released at once, and Nora was forgiven for the trouble she had caused. The ring, while apparently causing misfortune to come to Dan, really brought luck to him, for Mrs. Gerard, interested herself in the affairs of the young couple, and Maggie soon became Mrs. Dan Maher.
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The Power of the Mind
MovieJan 20, 1914

The Power of the Mind

Henry Graham is paralyzed …
Henry Graham is paralyzed by a fall when alighting from his automobile. His doctor is a friend of the family, Henry, observing the family picture the doctor makes with his wife and little daughter, and realizing his own helplessness now, decides to bring a possible romance between his wife and the doctor, and begins to abuse her. The doctor is a constant caller. Grace tells him of Henry's change of nature, and says it is because Henry hasn't enough comforts, and wishes she could help increase their income. The doctor suggests a play. She writes it. They keep it from Henry. They read and discuss the play together. Henry mistakes their constant interest for success of his plan, and so records in his diary. The play is accepted by a friend of the doctor's. Rehearsals begin. The doctor escorts Grace to and from rehearsals in his auto. Grace gets an attendant for Henry, as she must be away. When she is at rehearsal one day, Henry bribes the unscrupulous attendant to get him poison. The doctor and Grace return in time for the doctor to catch and prevent the attendant from giving Henry the poison bottle. Doctor discharges the attendant. They tell Grace that Henry discharged him because he preferred not to be bothered with an attendant. The night of the play arrives. Grace tearfully departs with the doctor. Henry records in his diary that his evenings are the doctor's now, and that love is drawing them onward, and that her tears were from her conscience, that he can no longer wait the inevitable. The doctor, in picking up Helen to carry her on his shoulder as he departs with Grace, drops his revolver. Henry covers it with paper from his couch. They leave, and Henry secures the gun. The attendant watches Grace and the doctor go, and sees his chance for revenge; he turns burglar. As Henry is about to shoot himself, after Helen is abed, and after he has burned the leaves of his diary, he bears the attendant entering the house; he phones the theater with the extension phone his wife placed by his bed. The attendant enters little Helen's room and she screams. Henry hearing the screams, forgets his paralysis, rises, totters from the room and grapples with the burglar attendant in Helen's room. When the doctor and Grace and police arrive in answer to the summons, they find Henry standing in the middle of the floor holding the attendant at bay with his pistol. As soon as Henry discovers he is standing he collapses. Later, he finds he can move his legs. The doctor says he will recover. The manager enters with news of the play's success. General explanations and rejoicings follow.
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1913
The Dread Inheritance
MovieDec 8, 1913

The Dread Inheritance

The father is dying in his …
The father is dying in his western cabin. There is something on his mind. He calls his son to him and tells him how, as a young man and a weak one, he was led into mischief in a dance hall; how his wife suffered the consequences and how his son might possibly suffer, too, through heredity. The father dies and the son is horrified, and with white face and dead heart he goes to the girl who is waiting for him and who trusts him so much and tells her that he is not fit for her, She tries to retain him, but he breaks away from her and the poor girl goes and pours out her sorrow to her mother, who tries to fathom the reason why. There is a doctor who loves the girl and when he tells her lover to call on the doctor and see what he can do for him, he goes. The doctor learns the cause of his trouble and makes a test of his blood. It is pure and wholesome, but the doctor sees his chance and by dint of suggestion he lets the poor fellow go from his presence. The mother cannot stand her daughter's grief and seeks out the lover, who has just come out of a dancing saloon, where he sought to drown his troubles and from where he fled when a woman tried to tempt him. The mother of the girl speaks gently to him and as gently points out a passage in the Bible to him, "And Jesus put forth his hand and touched him, saying, 'I will. Be thou clean.' immediately his leprosy was cleansed." The young fellow thinks it over and he reads further and the light comes and he knows he has nothing to fear. The lover again visits the doctor, who does all in his power to make him see that he should not go near the girl. But the girl and her mother are praying in their home and the influence is felt. Finally the young man throws down the test tube and laughingly goes to seek his girl. He finds her and her mother on their knees and clasps them both to him.
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Back to Life
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MovieNov 24, 1913

Back to Life

The gambler brings his sick wife to the mountains. The doctor …
The gambler brings his sick wife to the mountains. The doctor has informed him that she will need special care, and he, with rich, red blood in his veins, is disgusted with life and her in particular. At the local saloon he finds comfort in the smile of one of the female habituals. Jim is jostled and insulted by the cowboys until, maddened, he draws his gun and fires. The posse pursue him, but he escapes to the mountains. In the meantime, the wife has discovered her husband's infidelity, and leaving a note she goes into the hills with the avowed purpose of dying. At the stream she finds Jim, weak from the loss of blood. She nurses him and he, in turn, takes her to an old couple in the hills, where she rapidly regains her health. Jim commences to realize the meaning of manhood. Time goes on; the wife feels now that she can regain the love of her husband and starts for the mining camp. On the road her husband staggers to her feet and dies, having been shot after a saloon brawl. She goes on, meets Jim, and together they face the future.
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The Restless Spirit
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MovieOct 27, 1913

The Restless Spirit

The Dreamer is unhappy with his marriage and runs away. He …
The Dreamer is unhappy with his marriage and runs away. He collapses and is found by The Desert Flower, who convince him to return to his family. In various illusions he sees himself in three stories. In first is Napoleon. In the second he is a Knight. And in the third a Sultan. But in all the illusions he die. Meanwhile his wife is about to be send into the desert while refusing to remarry a Stranger. Before this could happen, the Dreamer arrives and send the Stranger into the desert. He becomes again a loved and respected member of the Town.
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Criminals
MovieOct 19, 1913

Criminals

A man hides his life of crime from his daughter; discovery …
A man hides his life of crime from his daughter; discovery brings reformation.
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The Wall of Money
MovieSep 21, 1913

The Wall of Money

John Whalen is approached by the men in his mill, who …
John Whalen is approached by the men in his mill, who endeavor to improve the conditions under which they have been working. Wally, his son, arrives home from college. He hears of the troubles at the mill and tries to persuade his father to grant their requests. His father refuses and suggests that he take a vacation. Wally leaves a note, stating that he has gone to the seashore. Instead, he applies at his father's factory for a position and is put to work. One day, Harry, who also works at the mill and with whom Wally is living, is badly hurt. Wally in his working clothes goes to his father and explained how dangerous it is for any man to work in the mill. He also explains how Harry was hurt and that it could be avoided. After a strenuous discussion. Wally tells his father if he will allow him to have charge of the factory he will see that all this trouble is done away with. This the father consents to do and the employees are notified that things are going to be changed to benefit them as much as possible.
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The Animal
MovieAug 17, 1913

The Animal

The Animal, a man of great strength and brutal impulses, …
The Animal, a man of great strength and brutal impulses, becomes human when he reunites a mother and her lost child.
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The Picket Guard
MovieJul 15, 1913

The Picket Guard

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The Powder Flash of Death
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MovieJul 8, 1913

The Powder Flash of Death

Three pals, Reid, Neilan and …
Three pals, Reid, Neilan and Kirkland breast the breakers of their roving life with but one condition of creed, nothing was to come between them to sever or impair the sincerity of their ties of friendship. Regardless of what extremity of life they encountered, they religiously respect their one law of sharing alike; that is, until the fall of Sumter, when the call to arms invaded homes and divided brother against brother. That same loyalty to their country's cause creates a triangle of sentiment that calls one of the pals to the South, one to the North, and the remaining one to the more roving life of the guerrilla. For three years the blood of the nation is spilled in bitter strife. The same three years spared the three former pals and each in his peculiar lot has reached the office of captain. As the war raged, and each fought for his own respective people's cause, through the irony of fate their lines gradually convert toward a common point south of the Dixie line, where dwells a Southern lass, one unconsciously destined to play a part in romance where tragedy was to unite for a brief moment the sundered ties of friendship, then call In death the three who once had been pals. Her home was marred by the stain of war when a company of guerrillas enters. And while she suffers the terror of that invasion, a Northern company and a Southern company likewise each skirmish for victory, each of the three common enemies commanded by three men who had, during the reign of peace, lived as pals. And "she" is the prize for which a personal battle is waged, more bitter than that fought with shot and shell by the three common enemies. As their companies fight, the three captains agree (knowing that "she" would be had by but one), to stand backwardly to the points of an angle, lay a fuse to a charge of powder in the center, and at the flash turn to meet and begin firing, the winner to claim the prize. While the preparations are being made, "she" stands in terror to watch the ending. At the flash, three shots ring out. The guerrilla captain falls and lays motionless; the Southerner staggers to his Northern pal with the dying words: "A woman burst us up after all." The Northerner clasps his extended hand as his pal falls, then, with an ever gathering stain on his own breast, he doffs with a valorous deference his own hat to the "cause" and "joins in eternity" the two who were once his pals.
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The Guerilla Menace
MovieJun 24, 1913

The Guerilla Menace

In the hills of Dixie live Jed and Sue, a country lad and lass, …
In the hills of Dixie live Jed and Sue, a country lad and lass, who are very much in love with each other. The keeper of the wayside tavern is an unscrupulous fellow who has coveted Sue for...
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Women and War
MovieJun 21, 1913

Women and War

During the Civil War there were two sisters living in Virginia, who …
During the Civil War there were two sisters living in Virginia, who had as a near neighbor a young, wealthy and patriotic man, who visited them frequently. The elder sister was plain and ...
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Reward of Courage
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MovieJun 14, 1913

Reward of Courage

The hero has a sprained ankle. The villain attempts to take …
The hero has a sprained ankle. The villain attempts to take advantage of this misfortune to win his girl. In the moment of danger, however, the sprained ankle is forgotten, the villain is exposed and the heroine gives herself as the reward for courage.
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The Spirit of the Flag
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MovieJun 7, 1913

The Spirit of the Flag

Dr. Reid, a young American …
Dr. Reid, a young American physician in the Philippines, risks his life in the cause of patriotism, and eventually wins the love of the girl of his choice. With the idea of developing in the natives in his community the spirit of manly citizenship, Dr. Reid requests the War Department to furnish him with a number of discarded Winchesters with which to drill the natives. His request is granted and he succeeds in getting together quite an enthusiastic company. Dr, Reid is not the only instructor in patriotism. Young Pauline Bush, a teacher in the Islands, has for some time been instructing her pupils in all that the American flag means to her. When she finds that Dr, Reid is also patriotically inclined, a bond of friendship is cemented between the two Americans. Bonita, one of Pauline's pupils, has for some time been deeply but hopelessly in love with the young doctor, and is very despondent when she sees the growing attraction between the young Americans. Her father wishes to join Dr. Reid's company, but because of his age is not allowed to do so. Dr. Reid, however, gives him a gun, which the old man becomes very fond of. Camped close to the settlement is a company of Spaniards, one of whom, through disorderly conduct, is stripped of his uniform and driven from camp. This renegade makes his way to the settlement and there encounters Bonita, the young native girl. Bonita's beauty attracts the renegade, who makes insulting advances to her. Doctor Reid witnesses the encounter and after a short, sharp fight with the renegade, he is sent about his business. The renegade, smarting under the drubbing he has received, vows revenge on the American, and when he discovers him drilling the natives, he hastens to the Spanish camp and informs the officer in charge that the American doctor is teaching the Filippinos war. The Spaniards hasten to the settlement and finding Bonita's father fondling the gun given him by the doctor; they decide to make an example of him. They seize the old man and drag him to a nearby wall, where they proceed to execute him, Bonita, who witnesses the shooting of her father, is wild with grief, and runs to her beloved teacher and tells her what has occurred. Pauline fearlessly rushes to the place of the execution, and furiously reprimands the two Spaniards who are standing by the body. They debate for a moment, then grab the teacher and attempt to drag her away. Dr. Reid, who is hunting nearby, sees the struggle and swiftly dispatches both soldiers. He hastens to Pauline's side and leads both girls away. Dr. Reid realizes the significance of the shooting of the old man and quickly gathers his little company together. They are not a moment too soon, for the Spaniards charge the settlement. The women and children hide at the school house, where they are at last joined by the men, fighting each inch of the way. A desperate battle is waged around the tiny school house and the doctor and his little band are more than outnumbered. Bonita sees the battle from a distance and hastens swiftly to the American camp and informs the officer what she has seen. The American troops hurry to the scene of the conflict and reach the schoolhouse just as the doctor, who has fired his last round of ammunition, is about to surrender. The Americans quickly drive the Spaniards from the field, but Bonita, who has followed, is shot. She falls, clutching the American flag which she has learned to love. Dr. Reid and Pauline find the young native girl and feelingly drape her remains with the silken folds of "Old Glory."
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Angel of the Canyons
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MovieMay 12, 1913

Angel of the Canyons

Jim Beverley was an untrained, natural artist. His sweetheart, …
Jim Beverley was an untrained, natural artist. His sweetheart, Madge, often visited him while at work in the mountains, but never completely sympathized with his work. She wanted his whole love and attention. Bill Hogan was much beloved by pretty Carrie, but he, being also in love with Madge, ignored her. Bill felt that Jim's ability to paint was what had won Madge's heart. In a cozy part of the canyon lived charming Pauline, commonly called "The Angel of the Canyon," because of her many good deeds for the villagers. One morning she saw the artist at work with pretty Madge gazing petulantly at his canvas. She saw them quarrel, Madge fly toward the house, and Jim turn angrily toward his work. Then she stepped close beside him and he, thinking it Madge, took up her hand and kissed it, without looking up from his work. Even an angel can have human feeling, and the angel in this case found a special delight in the unexpected kiss. When Jim, in confusion, apologized, it seemed a desecration. But Madge, watching from a distance, thought otherwise. Several days later the angel, walking in the direction of the artist's glen, found and took away his canvas. Three weeks later he called upon her and found a check for $100 awaiting him and a brand new box for his equipment. Delighted, he showed his treasures to Madge, who only pouted and then cried. Meanwhile, Bill Hogan nursed a grudge in secret. A day came when the angel, strolling through the woods, saw a terrible fist fight between Bill Hogan and Jim. Beside them stood Madge and Carrie, vainly trying to separate then. Then came the angel's moment of renunciation. She had grown to love him and had to fight herself to repress the desire to go away. But her better nature conquered. She separated the combatants, gave Jim to Madge and pacified the troubled Bill. She strolled with Bill into the forest and when she returned, he went willingly to the happy Carrie.
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Oil on Troubled Waters
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MovieApr 28, 1913

Oil on Troubled Waters

PART ONE: Old Miner …
PART ONE: Old Miner Benton called upon his widowed sister and her charming daughter, Bernice. When he saw the daughter in the arms of Ralph Conway, geologist, he ordered him from the place and severely lectured his aged sister. A lawyer called and made over to him a legacy to be equally divided between him and his poor sister, but the miner carefully hid the true value of the property. Bernice's mother finally died and on the day of her death Bernice became the bride of Ralph. Together they started off to the land given them by the penurious uncle, who chuckled as he thought of the barren patch of beach he had given her. Imagine their disgust and despair when a slovenly hotel-keeper pointed out the barren tract. Bernice fled, crying, while Ralph sunk to the ground thoroughly discouraged. After a time he noticed the smell of oil, took a sip of water at his feet, straightened up with a new look in his face-for the scraggly, rocky coast had oil! PART TWO: Several months passed-Summerland became a boom town, and Ralph and Bernice were the richest of the rich. Meanwhile old Benton had trouble with the railroad. To fight them he mortgaged every piece of property he had and soon the news came that he was bankrupt. Aged, disheartened, without a friend in the world, Benton started on foot for Summerland. In the interim, Ralph had worked industriously and one day, with Bernice, walked over his oil field. He pointed out to her that this was the only region in the world where oil was mined from the ocean's bed; he showed her the long string of oil wells, in the water, their frames rising ghost-like in the sinking sun; how a 25 horsepower engine operated the forest of wells by means of an eccentric cam; how each barrel of oil contained 40% asphalt; how the railroad charged exorbitant rates for shipment, and how the oil well owners built a long pier into the ocean to transport the crude oil by boat. When a child came their happiness was complete. Then one day an aged, care-worn figure slid, face forward into the grass of his property. He and Bernice ran to the prostrate figure and turned up the face of Benton. And then good was returned for evil and Benton found a home with the couple he had tried to wrong.
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Woman's Honor
MovieApr 12, 1913

Woman's Honor

Madge Williams, a shawl about her figure, crept into the little …
Madge Williams, a shawl about her figure, crept into the little town, a cast off woman. Billy Wayne made love to Jessalyn on the front porch of the rector's house and Father Bob, the handsome young priest, stopped to smile at the evident love of Billy and the coquetry of Jessalyn. A week later young Benton was making violent love to Jessalyn and Father Bob frowned, for Benton was a backslider and bore a bad reputation in town. Meanwhile, Madge Williams sought out Benton, her destroyer, and begged him to marry her. But he cast her off and refused. The climax came when Jessalyn, with a small package under her arm, fled with Benton. The priest saw and followed to the little village park. The four met, a priest, a backslider, and an innocent girl and a woman who had been wronged. Words, hot and hasty, followed. Benton struck at the priest, and priest became man, delivering a blow which laid Benton flat upon the grass. When he rose the priest joined his hand with that of Madge and made them man and wife. Just then the village sexton, father of Jessalyn, hurried to the scene, gun in hand. But the affair was over for Jessalyn, and she went quietly back home with her father. Father Bob took his way and the man and woman, newly made man and wife, faced each other. And the woman smiled, kissed her ring and bade him farewell forever.
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Calamity Anne's Beauty
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MovieMar 29, 1913

Calamity Anne's Beauty

When Dr. Stickum, with a …
When Dr. Stickum, with a professional beauty, came to town, he stopped his traveling wagon in the main street, lit his torch and proceeded to expound the merits of his beautifier. Calamity joined the crowd about the wagon, examined the living testimonial in the form of the professional beauty, and longed for beauty herself. So she bought several bottles and sojourned to her hay mow to drink, sleep, and awake to the wondrous change. Alas! Morning only brought a terrible stomach ache. She went again to Dr. Stickum, bought more nostrums, including bandages for head, nose and chin and again went to sleep. Her sleep was rudely awakened by a vagrant tramp, who, at the horrible sight of the bandaged Calamity, fled. Stunned that she should make such an impression, Calamity, hauling her gun and firing at random, swept down on the miserable doctor and his professional beauty. They at once took to the woods and Calamity, firing frantically with one hand, while she destroyed the cargoes with the other, soon made devastation of Dr. Stickum's property. The she gave chase, soundly kicked and beat Dr. Stickum and his beauty and finally, exhausted, retired to the hay mow for a real beauty sleep.
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Cupid Never Ages
MovieMar 24, 1913

Cupid Never Ages

Ben Johnson, widower, an old and feeble man, had a pretty …
Ben Johnson, widower, an old and feeble man, had a pretty daughter Mabel. The old family friend, Mrs. Ralston, had a son whom she simply doted, big handsome John Ralston. Mabel took her aged father to walk in the park and at the same time Mrs. Ralston went out for a stroll under the espionage of her big son. They met, and while the young couple spooned, the old couple could fall asleep with heads together. A day came when the young pair were married, leaving aching hearts behind them. And then, one day, old Ben Johnson buttoned up his coat and set forth for the widow's home. It took him five minutes to make her understand just how lonesome he was - then another marriage was performed and a great surprise awaited the honeymooning young couple.
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Love Is Blind
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MovieFeb 22, 1913

Love Is Blind

Lady Mayne and her daughter, with her orphan niece, wired Lady …
Lady Mayne and her daughter, with her orphan niece, wired Lady Berryman that they would be glad to entertain her almost blind son in the quiet and seclusion of their hills. Jack Berryman came and Lady Mayne tried at once to arrange a love match between the wealthy Jack and her daughter. Her plans bade fair to mature, for Jack was much in the company of the pretty daughter, much to the daughter's dismay, for be it known the daughter was much in love with Jimmy Harrison. Then suddenly Jack Berryman went stone blind and Lady Mayne's daughter eloped with Jimmy Harrison, exacting a promise from the niece that she (the niece), would impersonate her. This was done with such excellent effect that the niece found herself deeply in love with Jack and Jack continued to love the gentle presence near him more fervently. And then the day came when Jack's sight was restored, and he saw the pretty impostor whom he had learned to love. And thus he went to the shrewd mother and surprised her.
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Calamity Anne's Vanity
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MovieFeb 8, 1913

Calamity Anne's Vanity

Poor Calamity Anne, with her …
Poor Calamity Anne, with her everlasting mule, strolled through the camp, very forlorn at the spectacle of every fellow with his girl and every girl with her fellow. Hence Calamity brooded at the inequality of things generally, for Calamity had an abundance of money about which she cared little. "The Stew," swaggering down the street under a load of joy, coveted Anne's pile and made love, much to Calamity's disgust. And then came that Eastern woman in a gorgeous city gown and all the boys deserted their respective girls and followed the new creature in her peacock raiment about town. Calamity hated her and then Calamity found a copy of a woman's paper, saw the picture of a stunning gown and ordered it. It came and Calamity donned it - a fine, soft shimmering thing of dainty silk, but alas, hiding beneath it and peeping out occasionally were Calamity's muddy boots and a giant six-shooter. Calamity swaggered by the hotel and the sensation she created was never before equaled in Death Gulch. Calamity got the laugh - the big hearty laugh that pierced her finer sensibilities and wounded her deeply. Calamity wept bitterly, then hauled up that gossamer-web skirt and got that dangerous six-shooter and Calamity had a rapidly widening circle around her person. But she was melancholy, awfully sick of it all, so she got her mule and posted the following notice on her door-step: "I'm going away. Give my pile to the orfans. Taint no use. Calamity."
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Women Left Alone
MovieFeb 1, 1913

Women Left Alone

The Jungle Man left his wife, for the Jungle Man heard the call of …
The Jungle Man left his wife, for the Jungle Man heard the call of the sea. The Man of the Sea left his wife for he heard the call of the jungle. This instinct led them into the other's domain to witness wonders of the earth. So the Jungle Man met the wife of the Man of the Sea. She understood his desires and was afraid of him for she was of the sea and the world. And so the Man of the Sea found his way to the wife of the Jungle Man, and being of the sea and the world, he understood and made known his desires, but she, instinct guided, fled from him. And thus both the Man of the Sea and the Jungle Man, tired of their excursion and took separate ways to their separate homes, the wanderlust conquered, each harkening to the call of his mate.
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The Awakening
MovieJan 16, 1913

The Awakening

The mountain girl is left alone after the death of her mother and …
The mountain girl is left alone after the death of her mother and she wanders the hills alone. After her collapse she is found by a mountain man who takes her to his cabin. The cabin becomes her new home and the man falls in love with her. A second man arrives one day and tells the girl of the wonderful places he has seen and will see in future. She decides to go with him but once they begin to travel he makes advances to her which she rejects. He forces her to continue along with him but she breaks away. During the chase the man looses his footing and falls down a cliff to his death. The girl returns to the other man and her cabin home.
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Calamity Anne's Inheritance
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MovieJan 11, 1913

Calamity Anne's Inheritance

Calamity Anne, forty-five …
Calamity Anne, forty-five years of age, attired in wide slouch hat, short riding skirt, and smoking her everlasting pipe, leaned against a shanty and talked with the Misses Baxter and Barton. Enter young Williams, of the big mining company on the hill. Straight he went to Calamity and handed her a screed entitled: " Calamity: You was good to me once. I'm croakin' and here's my will. I give and bequeath the Black Hole mine to you. Goodbye and good luck, Walleyed Jake." Calamity removed her pipe long enough to utter a wild hurrah. Young Williams wanted to buy the mine but Calamity simply sniffed at him. Calamity with the Misses Baxter and Barton saddled the burro and made off toward fortune, the young Williams gentleman following at a discreet distance, convinced that Calamity sooner or later, would sell her holdings. Arriving at the Black Hole and there with four henchmen was Cal Edwards, dangerous back man with a nervous trigger finger. So Calamity simply took possession of the shack, placed herself in the door, rifle in hand and waited developments. Edwards wanted to parley after he saw the rifle but he finally decided not to wait. Now the Miss Baxter was susceptible to a black mustache, and when Cal Edwards met her the following day outside the shack she promised to remove the dangerous bullets. She did, and Calamity was bodily hauled out of the shack by the pernicious Cal Edwards. Then Edwards promptly snubbed Miss Baxter and trouble started. Then Cal Edwards removed the will and placed it in his back pocket. Then he calmly lit a cigarette and the burro standing just behind him, quietly eyed the Calamity Anne's will, decided it was in the wrong place and gently lifted it from Cal's pocket, eating it the while. In the meantime the more timid Miss Barton had fled and fallen in with the handsome young Williams. With the enemies gone, Miss Baxter rescued the remains of Calamity Anne's will from the burro's throat. Incidentally, " Hell Hath No Furies like a Woman Scorned," etc., for Miss Baxter, smarting under the snub, acquired a pistol and put the entire male element to rout. Calamity Anne decided to accept a check from the handsome young Williams and everything ended happily.
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Another Man's Wife
MovieJan 6, 1913

Another Man's Wife

Orris Austin and his wife were visiting at the Hope Country …
Orris Austin and his wife were visiting at the Hope Country Club. Austin merely left his wife sitting alone; he made no effort to introduce her and showed his neglect plainly to the guests about the club grounds. Austin, on the links, tiring of the game, met Jennie Wilton, a widow. They strolled throughout the grounds together and the wife of Austin grieved in her heart at the sight. Her mother, proud of the splendid match her ingenuity had made, watched proceedings carefully, drinking her wine on the great balcony and ever keeping an eye out for trouble. It came when Jack Stanton, bachelor, made a spectacular drive. The ball rolled three hundred yards away and stopped at the feet of the lonesome wife. Acquaintance ripened into friendship in an hour. Returning, after a stroll with the Wilton woman, Austin saw his wife talking with Stanton. Instantly there was a clash. Austin turned upon his wife and the dislike of years focused in a bitter speech. He went away after that with the Wilton girl and his lonesome wife, sitting alone, watched through a glass while Austin kissed her in a boat gliding through the tress toward the open lake. A few minutes later Austin made up his mind. Pulling in toward shore, he wrote a note and sent a boy to deliver it to his wife. Stanton, seeing it all, took the note from the servant, and himself carried it to the mother of Mrs. Austin. She read it, smiled, gazed out to sea and turned happily toward Jack Stanton.
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The Fraud That Failed
MovieJan 4, 1913

The Fraud That Failed

Mrs. Wren and her pretty …
Mrs. Wren and her pretty daughter, Mabel, lived alone on a desolate ranch. Few neighbors they had and the nearest were Ricketts and his wife. Ricketts had long coveted the fine ranch owned by Mrs. Wren and went one day to see how he might defraud her out of it. In a spirit of fake friendship, he commented on the condition of the ranch. He finally offered to buy and the lonesome woman readily agreed. Home went Ricketts and soon returned with a fake deed, not calculating on the handsome young man who had ridden in and chatted with the women. With that fine instinct which unconsciously suspects foul play, the ranger, after being informed the reason for the deed, asked permission to examine it. This he did with curious eyes and soon discovered the joker in the contract. Instantly animosity sprang up between them. Off they went on horseback, down the mountainside, firing shot after shot. The ranger's horse, being the faster of the two, soon overhauled that of Ricketts. They engaged in a deadly embrace, swinging treacherously to and fro over the backs of their galloping horses. With a death grip on Rickett's throat, the ranger bore him over the side and they both fell into the dust of the road. Returning to the desolate ranch, the eyes of the ranger swept the graceful form of Mabel. He visited a few days and decided, with Mabel's permission, that he would stay forever and a day.
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1912
The Power of Love
MovieDec 19, 1912

The Power of Love

Old Captain Blount, having retired from the sea, has taken his …
Old Captain Blount, having retired from the sea, has taken his abode among the fishermen on the coast in order to be near the ocean. As a captain, he had been tyrannical, and now, no longer having a crew to dominate, he tries to direct the lives of his two daughters in much the same manner as he would handle mutiny. Among the young fishermen, Bob Newcomer has found favor with the old "salt" and when he expressed a desire to marry the captain's oldest daughter, Martha, the father told her to prepare to wed the fisherman. Upon a cliff ranch, two young cowboys, Jack Woomer and Pete Neville, are employed. They had met Martha and Mabel Blount and had learned to love them. Bob Newcomer discovers this and notifies the old captain. Together, they interrupt one of the meetings and the father upbraids his daughters. But the cowboys are not without resource. They go to the village where they secure licenses and then await the arrival of the circuit-riding minister, who makes periodical trips in the vicinity. On the day of his arrival they secure his service and calling the girls are married in the open air. Again the suspicions Newcomer has been watching and hurrying to the captain tells him of the marriages of his two daughters. Pete Neville and his bride start down to interview the irate father and procure his forgiveness, when Newcomer raises his gun and kills the young bridegroom. Startled at the sound of firing, Jack Woomer and his newly made wife hurry down and come upon the tragedy. Newcomer and the captain have called a number of fishermen and they take Martha from the young husband by force and promise him the same fate that Neville received if he ever comes that way again. Woomer returns to the ranch and calls on the cattlemen to return with him and avenge the death of their pal. They start for the beach and are soon engaged in conflict. Mabel, crazed with grief over the death of her husband, wanders away to the treacherous rocks in the ocean. While the conflict is on, Martha sees her husband on the cliffs and hurries to join them, followed by the ever-watchful Newcomer. Woomer and Newcomer fight and Woomer succeeds in throwing his adversary over the cliffs. Reunited, the husband and wife return to her father's home and put an end to the useless warfare, but they are too late. The old captain had fought his last fight and they find him lying in the doorway. Sick at heart they wander towards the beach, seeking Mabel and at an ebb tide they find her where the treacherous ocean had thrown her, for she has gone to join her husband in the land beyond.
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The Daughters of Senor Lopez
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MovieDec 16, 1912

The Daughters of Senor Lopez

The simple act of discharging …
The simple act of discharging a worthless laborer has marked influence on the destinies of the two daughters of the Spanish merchant, Senor Lopez. According to the custom of their people, the eldest daughter Madeline is afforded lenient privileges over the younger sister, Inez, and it is the desire of the father that she be the first of the sisters to marry. Madeline is a frequent visitor at her father's store and it is during one of these visits that she first comes in contact with the Senor Trevino. On the same day, Inez, desiring something of her father, visits, the store, and is called to account for her appearing in public, which is against the custom of their people. She also met the Senor Trevino, who immediately becomes infatuated with her beauty and escorts her to her home. Senor Trevino, finding it impossible to court the younger daughter, decides to write her a letter in hope of seeing her again. Accordingly, he sends a messenger with the following letter: "Senorita Lopez: May I call for you at eight to stroll in the moonlight? Humbly, Gustave Trevino." When evening arrives she goes to meet him, but is stopped by her father and elder sister. Inez shows them the letter and the elder sister suggests to her father that she herself pretend to be the recipient of the note and go to meet the Senor Trevino. The father readily accedes and rebuking Inez, he sends her back to the house. Madeline goes to keep the tryst and carries the deception so well that the young man is forced to show her every courtesy, believing that she actually received his note. At the Lopez home Inez awakens to her love for the Senor and becomes rebellious of the restrictions placed upon her and plans to run away. She leaves a note for her father, telling him that it is useless for him to seek her and hurries from the house. She is observed by Jose Carillo, the discharged laborer, leaving the house. He seeks an opportunity for revenge and follows her. Out in the open country, he accosts her and seizing her, drags her down the steps of an old ruin, planning to hold her for ransom. In the meantime, the father has found the note and almost distracted, he hurries to find Madeline and shows the note to her and the young Senor. Trevino cannot conceal his concern and tells the father that he will find her at any cost. Senor Lopez notifies his laborers of the disappearance of his daughter, Inez, and they all join in the search. Trevino, out in the open country, rushes about calling her name and as he approaches the ruins, hears a faint answer to his call. With a rush he is down the steps and attacks her captor. The laborer is strong and wiry and it is not until assistance comes that they are able to overcome the miscreant. Trevino leads Inez back to her father, who is so delighted at seeing her again that he readily gives his consent to her marriage to the young Senor Trevino.
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The Intrusion at Lompoc
MovieNov 14, 1912

The Intrusion at Lompoc

Lompoc, a quiet little inland …
Lompoc, a quiet little inland town, moves peacefully along from week to week with little more excitement then the flutter of the leaves. The stage-coach rolls up to the one hotel each day and the usual quota of visitors arrive and depart with mechanical precision until one day a typical gambler, of pleasing manner, appeared and wrought consternation in the heart of a number of fair sex, aroused the jealousy of the local swains and the undying hatred of a former victim. There was a period of excitement entirely foreign to the little community of home lovers. When the excitement was over there were a few sadder folk in Lompoc, a few more ardent lovers, the town had rid itself of a great evil, which promised to undermine the welfare of the community, the atmosphere of Lompoc had been purified and the old rhythm was resumed.
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The Promise
MovieOct 14, 1912

The Promise

How often has life's cup been filled with bitterness because of a …
How often has life's cup been filled with bitterness because of a promise that should never have been asked nor given? In this touching drama, the central figures are an aged fisherman and his daughter. Naturally the thought uppermost in the old man's heart is the future welfare of his daughter, and he unwisely chooses as a husband for her the man he believes will be the best provider, regardless of the heart interests of the two most vitally concerned, The chosen young fisherman promises the old man to marry the daughter and the fishermaiden calmly tells her lover that she is to many another. Possibly the two young people would have learned to love one another and all would have been well had not the fates willed it otherwise. As it was the beauties of the coast attracted others, and Dan Cupid shot his darts in diverse directions. Complications arose and the fishermaiden soon found her heart too full for utterance.
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Calamity Anne's Ward
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MovieSep 30, 1912

Calamity Anne's Ward

During the raid on an emigrant train the girl and her brother, the …
During the raid on an emigrant train the girl and her brother, the only survivors, are attacked by the villain who kidnaps the girl and takes her to the camp of Calamity Anne, who takes a liking to the girl and becomes her guardian angel. The girl's brother is killed and a ranger takes the locket containing the girl's picture from his neck and recognizes the girl in Calamity Anne's camp. Later, Calamity Anne holds the villain and his band at bay and the girl and the ranger make their escape. The girl and the ranger come to the spot where the girl's brother is buried and here she asks the ranger if he is going to leave her there alone. His answer is to take her into his arms.
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The Dawn of Passion
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MovieSep 9, 1912

The Dawn of Passion

Away off, miles from civilization, lives Margy Cotter and Jim …
Away off, miles from civilization, lives Margy Cotter and Jim Walthers. Thier respective families were the only ones for leagues about. Then a party of cowboys arrived and the leader awoke the first faint dawn of feeling in the pretty, almost primeval, Margy Cotter. He died a violent death, that careless cowboy, and by the hand of the almost primeval man, Jim Walthers.
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The Stranger at Coyote
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MovieSep 5, 1912

The Stranger at Coyote

Bill Buckley ran things his …
Bill Buckley ran things his own way at Coyote. He introduced Jim Williams, sweetheart of pretty Mabel Hoyer, to get drunk and commit some outrages not worthy of Jim in his better moments. Then a stranger came and promptly fell in love with Jessie Williams, sister of Jim. How the stranger brought order out of chaos, and what he did to the bully makes an interesting subject. Bill Buckley tried to kill the stranger and met his own end in trying to do so.
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The Bandit of Point Loma
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MovieAug 22, 1912

The Bandit of Point Loma

A hunted bandit cleverly …
A hunted bandit cleverly outwits the sheriff after a thrilling chase over rocks and sandhills. Reaching the Point Loma Lighthouse, he introduces himself as a revenue man to the lighthouse keeper and his daughter. The bandit's attentions to the girl are bitterly resented by her fisherman sweetheart. The fisherman falls in with the sheriff and suddenly realizes that his rival is the sought for bandit. The sheriff is put on the right track, but the bandit escapes through a subterranean passage. The pursuit ends with the capture of the bandit on the seashore.
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The Outlaw Colony
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MovieAug 15, 1912

The Outlaw Colony

In the outlaw colony Rattlesnake Ike loved Bessie Vanever, …
In the outlaw colony Rattlesnake Ike loved Bessie Vanever, daughter of the old leader. So did handsome John Briscoe, and Bessie reciprocated. One day Jim Wiggins, sheriff, in disguise entered the camp. Ike accepted him, but grew to hate him shortly. And then Jim fell in love with Grace, sister of Bessie, and found himself in a horrible plight. But the end came one day when Ike struck Briscoe. There was a shot and a scuffle and Ike died. Then, taking sides with the sheriff, the old outlaw and his two daughters, along with Briscoe, stood off the camp. A fine battle took place ending in the death of the father. Later it was all explained. Wiggins appointed Briscoe a deputy and Briscoe found a new delight in his love for Bessie.
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The Vanishing Race
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MovieJul 11, 1912

The Vanishing Race

The last of the Hoppe Tribe, the father, son, mother and …
The last of the Hoppe Tribe, the father, son, mother and daughter, trailed their weary way through the sunny fields. They camped close to a small settlement and Dick Wren, handsome, sneering and indifferent, gazed with eager eye upon the pretty form of the Indian girl. Madge Blaine smiled cynically as she noted the trend of Dick's emotions and waited. Despite her relatives, the Indian maid eloped with Dick. In a month he again turned toward Madge, who received him with open arms, leaving his Indian love to wander back to her people. Her brother heard of it, and Indian fashion, quietly took his gun and went in search of Dick. He found him through the heart, but before he had moved ten paces his own lifeless body hurtled to the ground. Then the last of the Hoppe tribe, seeing his nearest of kin slain, drew his knife and threw himself into the fight. He also joined his son in the land where the White Spoiler does not go, leaving two lonesome women to pack their clothes and wander further through the sunny fields.
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Her Mountain Home
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MovieApr 25, 1912

Her Mountain Home

Ralph Kennington, dying of thirst in the alkali dust of the desert, …
Ralph Kennington, dying of thirst in the alkali dust of the desert, staggered forward until exhaustion stares him in his face. Instinctively his hand clutched at the pebbles when lo! to his astonished gaze a dull yellow glow announced the magic word, "Gold!" James Raleigh found him there. Ralph Kennington, recovered, had gone to live with his new-found pal, Jim Raleigh. The two became fast friends and were the first to hurry back to the gold field. Among those who joined that first mad rush to the gold fields was old man Hadley and his daughter Marguerite. Years of unsuccessful mining had greatly impoverished his fortune and health, so when at last he found his claim rich beyond his dreams, the poor old miner's heart gave away, leaving pretty Marguerite without a protector. Ralph and James took her in and for some months everything moved smoothly. Both men fell deeply in love with their young housekeeper. James made love to her in his bold way, pleading that she run away with him. But Ralph pursued different methods. Without saying a word to anyone of his intentions, Ralph built on the mountain side, a magnificent home, biding his time until it should be finished when he would ask her to be its mistress. Jim made better headway. The two planned an elopement and left suddenly one day with only a little note to explain their disappearance. Ralph found it. Heartbroken he strolled aimlessly to town. In the meantime the eloping couple stopped at a neighboring store before boarding the stage for their journey. Marguerite went inside while Jim waited. When she again emerged her horror-stricken eyes saw Jim tightly clasping the form of a strange young woman, who evidently had just reached town from the east. Jim had no thought of Marguerite. With his former love he sauntered carelessly down the street. Then Ralph appeared, and, taking in the situation at a glance, put his arm about the tearful Marguerite and led her to the new home on the mountain-side.
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Driftwood
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MovieApr 22, 1912

Driftwood

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The Distant Relative
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MovieApr 15, 1912

The Distant Relative

The distant relative is a scheming woman who installs herself …
The distant relative is a scheming woman who installs herself as the guardian of the two orphan girls and then tries to gain possession of their ranch. Cowboy friends of the orphan girls expose the schemer and her accomplice.
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Where Broadway Meets the Mountains
MovieFeb 12, 1912

Where Broadway Meets the Mountains

John Newcomb, a young …
John Newcomb, a young playwright, retires to the mountains where he finishes his play. It proves to be of such human interest that the producers and their stars rehearse their parts in the country in which the plot was laid. But prior to the arrival of the company, the playwright meets Mary Cutter. Finally the company arrives. Frank Willsden, the leading man, is delighted with the charming young woman who is to play opposite. Meantime, the young playwright sees little of Mary Cutter, who finds much time to spend in and about the walks of the hotel, where she can watch the playwright and his leading lady rehearse the scenes. Believing that he loves the city girl, she hurries to her father with a tale of outraged feelings. He, with quick temper, organizes a band of cowboys and hurries to the hotel. There, by mistake, he meets Frank Willsden, the leading man, with his sweetheart. In error, the mountaineer and his friends take him to Mary, who easily sets them right. But the playwright, dazzled by the beauty of the leading lady, believes himself in love with her, and in a moment of jealousy, accuses her lover, Frank Willsden, of having made love to Mary Cutter and his story seems to be proven by the arrival of the mountaineers with Mary and Frank. Then a revelation comes to the playwright and for the first time he realizes that he has loved Mary without knowing it.
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The Grub Stake Mortgage
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MovieFeb 8, 1912

The Grub Stake Mortgage

Jack Burton, a young mining …
Jack Burton, a young mining engineer, is in love with the foreman's daughter. She loves another suitor, Jim Blake, a young proprietor. Failing to find any promising prospects, Jim salts a prospect hole he has been digging and invites the old foreman to investigate it. The old man finds it bearing quartz, and readily agrees to mortgage his little home to grub stake the proprietor share and share alike. He asks his employer for the money and as his home is clear he readily takes a mortgage on it and gives the foreman the money. Jim takes the money. Then came an accident. The old foreman is caught in a blast and killed. Then comes a note from the superintendent of the Face Quartz Mining Co., informing her that the mortgage on her little home is past due. She goes to the mine and offers her share in the claim for an extension of the mortgage. The superintendent offers to investigate the claim and if found valuable to cancel the mortgage on the home. He sent the young engineer to investigate it; but it was found to be of no value. Jack returns to the girl and she tells him to go to his employer and report the truth. Quick to act in all things the superintendent summons the sheriff and evicts the orphan girl from her home. In the meantime Jack has hurried to the bank and drawn out his balance. He arrived at his sweetheart's home too late to prevent the eviction, for she has already gone. His savings are just enough to pay the mortgage, which he takes up and then hurries to seek her. She wanders to the prospect hole. Jim Blake finds her and gloating over her loss, tells her that it is Jack Burton's fault that she is homeless. Jack comes up and enraged to hear abuse given his sweetheart, he flings Jim from the girl. In a fight that follows Jim loses his balance and falls to his death into the hole. Jack leads his sweetheart back to her home and when she tells him it is hers no longer, he takes the canceled mortgage from his pocket and slowly tears it up. Then they turn to face a new future together.
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1911
Bonita of El Cajon
MovieDec 28, 1911

Bonita of El Cajon

Bonita was the daughter of the leader of a gang of outlaws. …
Bonita was the daughter of the leader of a gang of outlaws. She had never known female companionship and had grown up in her father's camp of lawless, reckless men as free as the birds in her mountain ranges. One day her father's lieutenant ventured down the mountain, and finding a beautiful girl outside her home attempted to kiss her. Freeing herself, she secured a gun from the house and returned to find her assailant gone. When her lover, Jack Dickson, of the rangers, called she told him of the outlaw's attack, and he departed into the mountains to locate and punish her assailant.
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The Duel of the Candles
MovieDec 25, 1911

The Duel of the Candles

A poor prospector and a …
A poor prospector and a prosperous ranch man, who in reality is a horse thief, are in love with the widow's daughter. The girl gives her heart to the poor man much to the disfavor of her mother. When news of her betrothal reaches the horse thief's ears he plans to get even. He captures the prospector at work and forges a letter in the prospector's handwriting to the girl's mother, saying that he is going East to marry a former sweetheart. Believing it true, the girl is soon persuaded to marry the rich ranch man. The poor man is soon liberated from the horse thief's camp, where he was imprisoned and goes immediately to the ranch man's unhappy wife. She begs him to take her away, but he will not do it, as she is not his legally wedded wife. Just then the horse thief comes in. The poor prospector gives him a chance for his life. He places two candles on the table, lights both and bids the wife to leave the room. Who's ever candle burns out first must die by his own hands. They swear to it. Fate has it that the husband's candle burns out first. His treacherous nature asserts itself and in an instant he pounces upon the prospector in an effort to murder him. In the struggle that ensues the horse thief's gun goes off, mortally wounding him. The wife runs in and finds that Fate has liberated her from a distasteful union.
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The Smoke of the .45
MovieDec 7, 1911

The Smoke of the .45

A cattle-rustler's daughter meets the ranger and falls in love …
A cattle-rustler's daughter meets the ranger and falls in love with him. She confides her secret to her sister, who is in sympathy with her, and when her father demands that she marry his lieutenant, and places her under restraint to force the marriage, the little sister rides to the rangers and arranges an elopement. They are captured and the revengeful rustlers determine to shoot the rangers. His sweetheart throws herself before her lover and pleads for his life. While this is in progress, the little sister slips away and warns the rangers of their leader's plight. The crafty father tells the girl that if she will marry the man he has selected, they will permit her lover to go free. Refuse, and he will be shot instantly. To save his life, the girl makes a supreme sacrifice and agrees to marry the father's choice. The lover pleads to be shot rather than accept the sacrifice. In the meantime, the rangers ride to the rescue of their chief. Forcing the girl to make good her promise, the rustlers ride with her to the nearest ministry and hold the ranger until the marriage is consummated. The rangers then arrive and rescue their leader from the outlaws and in the fight that ensues, the "forty-five" of a ranger speeds the leaden messenger that frees the girl from a distasteful union and returns her to her lover's arms.
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The Sheriff's Sisters
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MovieNov 30, 1911

The Sheriff's Sisters

The opening scene shows …
The opening scene shows the front of the sheriff's pretty cottage nestling in vines. The villain, George Dalton, is pleading with Gertrude. the sheriff's elder sister, for a return of his love, but we see her refuse him. Then Jack Wilton, handsome of face and light of heart, appears. We see Gertie's face light with something stronger than affection at his approach, but he greets her only as a friend. Next day the younger sister, Lucy, returns from the east. Jack Wilton is smitten at first sight, and so is Lucy. Gertrude notes this and is seized with jealousy. This jealousy is increased when she discovers the lovers near the great palm tree next day. George Dalton again presses his suit with Gertrude. Again he fails. Jack approaches Gertrude, as Dalton walks away, and the latter, believing him his rival, inwardly vows vengeance. Jack shortly afterward calls on Lucy's father and asks him for her hand in marriage. He refuses, but Jack firmly insists. There is a quarrel and Jack goes away downcast. Immediately afterwards Dalton approaches the old man and asks for the hand of Gertrude. He is refused with angry words and Dalton replies in kind. The old man then draws his revolver and is shot dead by Dalton, who hurries from the scene. Jack, who has been engaged in conversation with Gertrude, hears the shot and rushes towards the spot. So does the sheriff, who was in the vicinity at the time. Jack arrives first and is horrified to find the father of his sweetheart lifeless. He is discovered by the sheriff, standing over the dead man with a revolver in his hand. This revolver he had picked up beside the body. The sheriff accuses Jack of murder and puts him in jail. Lucy pleads with her brother and tells him that her lover is innocent, but he is obdurate. As the sheriff pulls his handkerchief from his pocket, he unconsciously drops his keys. Lucy secures them and releases Jack. In the meantime Dalton, the real criminal, has gathered a band of lynchers and galloped to the jail. He is desirous to turn all suspicion from himself and put a rival out of his path by having him lynched. The party arrives just as Jack has made his escape and is mounting a horse. They pursue him, wound him, engage in a desperate hand to hand conflict, overpower him and throw him ever a bridge, while a freight train is passing. Jack escapes fatal injury and succeeds in alighting from the train, only to fall into the hands of the sheriff, who takes him back to jail. Just before they arrive, Gertrude has overcome her jealousy, at sight of her sister's agony, and informed her that Jack was with her at the time the shot was fired. The sheriff is also notified of this fact and releases his prisoner, restoring him to the tender attentions of Lucy.
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1887
Jessalyn Van Trump
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Jessalyn Van Trump

Jessalyn Van Trump was born.
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