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Shorty Hamilton

  • Sep 09, 1879 - Mar 07, 1925 (age 45)
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1925
Shorty Hamilton
PersonalMarch 1925

Shorty Hamilton

Shorty Hamilton passed away.
1922
Cross Roads
MovieDec 1, 1922

Cross Roads

Cross Roads released.
Trail's End
MovieJul 25, 1922

Trail's End

Trail's End released.
So This Is Arizona
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MovieJan 1, 1922

So This Is Arizona

Young Norman Russell finds a purse dropped by a young …
Young Norman Russell finds a purse dropped by a young woman who was horseback-riding. When he finds that she has left for Arizona, he decides to go there to return her purse to her. A policeman sees him and thinks that he's a criminal, and notifies the sheriff of Lone Rock, Arizona, where Norman is headed. The sheriff mistakenly thinks that Norman has a stolen diamond necklace in the purse, and Norman doesn't return it for fear he'll be arrested. Soon Norman finds himself involved with a gang of crooks who frame him for a murder.
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1921
The White Masks
MovieNov 1, 1921

The White Masks

The White Masks released.
1918
The Ranger
MovieJun 1, 1918

The Ranger

The Ranger released.
Denny from Ireland
MovieMay 1, 1918

Denny from Ireland

Denny O'Hara marries Eileen O'Connor. He learns his …
Denny O'Hara marries Eileen O'Connor. He learns his elderly mother has been evicted. He finds her dead and sets out to kill the landlord and finds him already dead. A local priest urges him to flee to America fearing he will be accused of landlord's death. His success in America is not enough to send for Eileen. He decides to rob a shipment of money but other robbers beat him to it. He locates the money and steals it from the robbers. Eventually a detective locates Denny who is now a deputy. The sheriff claims Denny caught the robbers and turns over the money thus clearing his name.
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1917
Shorty Unearths a Tartar
MovieApr 23, 1917

Shorty Unearths a Tartar

Shorty Unearths a Tartar released.
Shorty Lays a Jungle Ghost
MovieApr 16, 1917

Shorty Lays a Jungle Ghost

Shorty Lays a Jungle Ghost released.
Shorty Reduces the High Cost of Living
MovieApr 9, 1917

Shorty Reduces the High Cost of Living

Shorty Reduces the High Cost of Living released.
Shorty Solves a Wireless Mystery
MovieApr 2, 1917

Shorty Solves a Wireless Mystery

Shorty Solves a Wireless Mystery released.
Shorty Lands a Master Crook
MovieMar 26, 1917

Shorty Lands a Master Crook

Shorty Lands a Master Crook released.
Shorty Trails the Moonshiners
MovieMar 21, 1917

Shorty Trails the Moonshiners

Shorty Trails the Moonshiners released.
Shorty Bags the Bullion Thieves
MovieMar 19, 1917

Shorty Bags the Bullion Thieves

Shorty and Anita are …
Shorty and Anita are completing plans for their wedding when they receive word from a jewelry firm that they are mystified over thefts of bullion bars from their vaults. Shorty and Anita leave for San Francisco and are there confronted with one of the most mysterious crimes they have ever handled. The gold bullion bars are kept in a vault, which cannot be entered any way at all. Shorty conceives a plan to catch the thieves. He has a fake gold bar made and it has a death dealing machine hidden. Anita thinks she has discovered the thieves and sends word to Shorty, and then follows her prey. She is discovered and held captive. Later Shorty rescues the girl and just as they escape from the thieves' den, the machine, which has been stolen, in the supposed gold bar explodes and blows up the thieves.
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Shorty Hooks a Loan Shark
MovieFeb 26, 1917

Shorty Hooks a Loan Shark

Shorty Hooks a Loan Shark released.
Shorty Promotes His Love Affair
MovieFeb 19, 1917

Shorty Promotes His Love Affair

Shorty and Anita set out to …
Shorty and Anita set out to arrest a band of counterfeiters. Ruby, the daughter of the head of the gang, is forced to pass out bad money and, upon being discovered, leaves for the Arrowhead ranch country to become the school teacher. Shorty asks Anita to marry him, but she demurs, and tells him that love and work do not harmonize. Shorty returns to the ranch and there finds that Ruby is about to be married to Ralph. Shorty and Ruby go to town and there the head of the counterfeiting gang sees the girl and demands that she pass more bad money. The girl, frightened because he might tell Ralph about her, takes the money. She tells Shorty of the trouble after he has passed some of it over the counter. Anita has come to talk things over with Shorty. He is arrested for passing bad money, but is freed through the persuasion of Anita. Ralph and Ruby decide to get married at once, as do Shorty and Anita, but Shorty forgets the license.
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Shorty Joins the Secret Service
MovieFeb 5, 1917

Shorty Joins the Secret Service

Shorty's services are enlisted …
Shorty's services are enlisted for the government in connection with Kane, a secret service agent, through the ranchman's interest in Anita Keller, who has been detailed on the mail robberies and knowing something of the gang responsible for most of the robberies, is enabled to aid her and Kane in running them to earth. The leaders and backers of the gang are powerful politically as well as desperate men. Anita is captured by the gang and immured in an insane asylum. Shorty and Kane bore through a stone wall with parts of an iron bedstead and rescue Anita just as Jim Baxter, head of the gang, has arranged to have her removed to a still more secure hiding place. Baxter and his gang are caught red-handed and are locked up to await trial.
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Shorty Goes to College
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MovieJan 29, 1917

Shorty Goes to College

Ralph, the son of the boss of …
Ralph, the son of the boss of the ranch, home on a vacation, sees in "Shorty" the makings of a fine addition to the college football team. He offers the fellow a free education if he will go to college to try for the team. Shorty, anxious to do everything in his power to get on an even footing with Anita, consents, and so leaves for college. He makes the team and is the hero of the hour. Ruth Estey, the daughter of the dean of the university, sees in Shorty her ideal and manages to meet him. One of the college professors is in love with the girl, and is jealous of Shorty. Ruth is a somnambulist and is seen by Shorty hiding some diamonds. Shorty, to avert suspicions, takes them and is seen by the professor. Anita Keller is called in to track the thief and finally is forced to arrest Shorty. Ruth confesses her somnambulistic tendencies, however, and Shorty is cleared. Anita, thinking Shorty is in love with Ruth, congratulates him, but when he tells her it is she he loves she laughs at him.
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Shorty in the Tiger's Den
MovieJan 22, 1917

Shorty in the Tiger's Den

Shorty effects the capture of …
Shorty effects the capture of a supposed lunatic. Scraggs is put in jail but is liberated by his friend, at whose ranch he is living. Shorty receives a letter from Anita asking him to come into Mexico to aid her. Anita is captured by bandits, while she is assisting an old priest; the priest is left for dead. Shorty finds the priest and is told of the capture of the American girl. The priest dies and Shorty disguises himself in his robes. Carmen Monita, the sweetheart of the Mexican bandit, upon hearing that he intends to force Anita to marry him goes to the "priest" for confession. She tells him all of her story and also that he will soon be summoned to marry the bandit and Anita. Shorty discloses his identity and with the Mexican girl's aid he manages to free Anita from the den of the bandits. Shorty is wounded and upon regaining consciousness finds himself in a hospital. Anita has gone off on the trail of Scraggs.
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Shorty and the Yellow Ring
MovieJan 15, 1917

Shorty and the Yellow Ring

Shorty through an accident …
Shorty through an accident discovers a band of men, who are smuggling Chinese into this country. He goes to the city to get a position and there is hired as a body guard to Anita Keller, who is a secret service woman, and who has been sent out to break up the Chinese smuggling ring. Shorty overhears a plot to kidnap the girl and hires himself out to one of the band as a cab driver. He arrives at the Mandarin Inn just in time to see Miss Keller disappearing through the door. Once in the den the girl is offered to the highest bidder and has just been sold when Shorty and the officers he called in, arrive. Shorty sees that Miss Keller arrives home safely, and feels a dawning of love for the girl. The girl gives him her photograph and card, and as the scene fades she says good-bye to Shorty and he is most disconsolate.
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1916
His Busted Trust
MovieSep 24, 1916

His Busted Trust

His Busted Trust released.
She Loved a Sailor
MovieSep 10, 1916

She Loved a Sailor

She Loved a Sailor released.
Bucking Society
MovieApr 16, 1916

Bucking Society

A man on his way to his friend's wedding discovers that the …
A man on his way to his friend's wedding discovers that the bride is actually a golddigger after his friend's money. He determines to break up the wedding.
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Gypsy Joe
MovieMar 19, 1916

Gypsy Joe

Gypsy Joe released.
1915
Never Again
MovieSep 22, 1915

Never Again

Never Again released.
Shorty's Ranch
MovieSep 15, 1915

Shorty's Ranch

Shorty's Ranch released.
Shorty Inherits a Harem
MovieAug 11, 1915

Shorty Inherits a Harem

Shorty Inherits a Harem released.
Shorty's Troubled Sleep
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MovieMay 26, 1915

Shorty's Troubled Sleep

Shorty's Troubled Sleep released.
Shorty Turns Actor
MovieApr 14, 1915

Shorty Turns Actor

Shorty Turns Actor released.
Shorty Among the Cannibals
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MovieMar 31, 1915

Shorty Among the Cannibals

Shorty Among the Cannibals released.
Shorty's Adventures in the City
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MovieFeb 10, 1915

Shorty's Adventures in the City

After the round-up the …
After the round-up the ranchman sends Shorty to the city in charge of some cattle. Arriving in the city and having settled up his employer's business, Shorty leaves to see the sights. He meets Madge, a flashy dame, and she takes him to a restaurant to dine. She and the waiters do Shorty right. They get him drunk and rob him of his wad. After shooting up the restaurant Shorty goes on his way. He gets into a fight with a party of gangsters in trying to protect Nell, a working girl, from them. This fight is witnessed by Brady, manager for Bull King, a prizefighter, and seeing in Shorty a new protégé, Brady makes him an attractive proposition. Shorty accepts and enters the ring with Kid Mason. The Kid is afraid of Shorty's punch and his manager doctors the Kid's gloves with plaster of Paris. Shorty is getting the worst of the fight when he orders the Kid's gloves examined. New gloves are ordered and Shorty delivers the Kid a knockout blow. Brady tries to persuade Shorty to stay in the business, but he says back to the ranch for him. At the railroad station he meets the Kid, who starts to jeer at him. From the back of the observation car Shorty throws his rope and lassos the Kid, and the picture finishes with the Kid dangling along after the fast-moving train.
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Sergeant Jim's Horse
MovieJan 22, 1915

Sergeant Jim's Horse

The young sergeant gives up his beloved horse, Midnight, to …
The young sergeant gives up his beloved horse, Midnight, to his superior officer when the latter's steed is shot from under him. Later, Jim is fatally wounded in battle. The faithful animal deserts the officer to bring consolation to his old master and to shield him from the onrush of the other horses. At the end of this deeply affecting and intensely realistic picture of life on the battlefield, the beautiful black charger is seen kneeling on the sergeant's grave.
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1914
Shorty Falls Into a Title
MovieNov 18, 1914

Shorty Falls Into a Title

Shorty is in charge of the …
Shorty is in charge of the riders with Selby's Wild West Show in London, England. The cook in serving Shorty pours coffee into his hat, which has been substituted for his cup by one of the cowboys and not noticed by the cook. Shorty beats the cook up and throws him out of the tent. The cook, to get even, places a burr under the saddle of Shorty's horse. Selby's horse goes lame and he borrows Shorty's. The horse bucks him off during the performance and Selby thinks Shorty placed the burr under the saddle to put up a job on him. He fires Shorty. Shorty while resting in the park meets Lord Chatham, whom the suffragettes have a spite against. Chatham persuades Shorty to change clothes with him and impersonate him for a while. Shorty takes his place in Lord Chatham's handsome house, where he makes all kinds of mistakes in etiquette, much to the disgust of the English servants. Shorty drinks too much champagne. While walking in the park he runs into a suffragette meeting. The women take him for Lord Chatham and commence to beat him up. Shorty runs, is pursued by the angry mob of women. He comes to the wharf where the steamer is just leaving, and on which Selby and his Wild West Show are sailing for America. Shorty jumps off the end of the wharf, swims out to the boat and is pulled on board by Selby and the cowboys.
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The Boss of the 8th
MovieOct 7, 1914

The Boss of the 8th

"Shorty" Cline collects graft from saloons and gambling …
"Shorty" Cline collects graft from saloons and gambling resorts in the tenderloin for the political boss of the eighth ward, "Big Steve" Cassidy. On one occasion he rescues Molly Norton's stolen purse from "Buck" Hogan, leader of an East Side gang, thus incurring the gangster's enmity. When Cline leaves Cassidy's employ, determined to live honestly in the hope of someday winning Molly for his wife, Hogan and Cassidy frame up a plot and manage to get Cline sentenced to prison for three years. During a mutiny among the convicts, he saves the life of one of the prison guards, for which he is reprieved. He returns to New York. Cassidy soon after succumbs to heart disease, and '"Shorty" and Molly are married.
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The Game Keeper's Daughter
MovieOct 1, 1914

The Game Keeper's Daughter

The King's gamekeeper, …
The King's gamekeeper, unaware that the King has taken up his abode in the Hunting Lodge, goes on his daily rounds of the estate, leaving his daughter, Mary, alone at the gamekeeper's lodge. The King becomes lost from his captain, Coberly, and the huntsman. A storm comes and the King takes refuge in the gamekeeper's lodge. The gamekeeper returns to his lodge, finds his daughter in a struggle with the King and, not recognizing him, shoots. The gamekeeper is arrested and his daughter taken for the King's pleasure. Coberly, who admires the girl, frees her and takes her to his cottage to wait for him until he can free her father. The King's Jester follows Coberly and reports to the King that the girl has escaped. The King orders his men to go to the cottage and capture the girl, and, if necessary, kill her. The King's daughter, of whom he is very fond, is thrown from a runaway horse and takes refuge in the Coberly cottage after Mary has been taken to a ship leaving for the colonies. The two thugs whom the King has hired to capture Mary, not knowing the Princess, captures her and kills her, taking her body in a sack to the King. The King, crazed with grief at the sight of his dead child, kills the Jester, thinking he has played him false. Coberly has freed Mary's father and the three make their escape to the colonies.
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Shorty and the Aridville Terror
MovieJul 22, 1914

Shorty and the Aridville Terror

Shorty and the boys ride into …
Shorty and the boys ride into Aridville to meet Bessie Gordon, whom the boys think is a dentist. Shorty feigns a toothache. Upon going to the office to have his tooth pulled, Shorty discovers the husband of Bessie and his flirtation proves serious, as he is compelled to have his tooth removed to carry out his bluff. Two-Gun Bill, the terror of Aridville, comes to town to quench a desert thirst. Shorty and the boys plan to have Two-Gun Bill flirt with Bessie and play the same joke on him. Two-Gun Bill goes to Bessie. She gives him gas. When he comes out of the gas, he shoots up the place and runs Dr. Gordon from the office. The doctor climbs in his old machine and a chase follows.
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Shorty Turns Judge
MovieJul 15, 1914

Shorty Turns Judge

Jim Walls, a ne'er-do-well, deserts his wife in the east and drifts …
Jim Walls, a ne'er-do-well, deserts his wife in the east and drifts west. His wife disguises herself as a boy and follows him. She obtains a position as piano player in the concert hall and saloon where Jim makes his headquarters. She finds him one evening making love to Nell Bond, Shorty's sweetheart, and shoots him from ambush. Shorty, who has been looking for Nell rushes to the dead man, just as the men from the concert hall come to find out the cause of the shot. Shorty is accused of the crime, but makes a getaway and lives with an Indian. He finds Judge Folsom suffering from a rattlesnake bite; he takes the judge to his dugout where the Indian nurses him back to health. Shorty to play a joke on the boys, disguises himself as the judge, presents his letter of introduction to the sheriff, who has been having trouble with some of the cowboys, and puts them in jail. Shorty takes his place on the bench and finds that the sheriff is guilty instead of the boys. He sentences him to six months on the rock pile. The boys elect Shorty as sheriff.
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Shorty Gets Into Trouble
MovieJul 1, 1914

Shorty Gets Into Trouble

The boys of Simms' ranch …
The boys of Simms' ranch play a joke on Shorty by putting a stale egg at his place for breakfast. Shorty gets angry and throws the egg at the cook, who dodges, and the egg hits Simms in the face. This starts an argument and Shorty is '"fired." Shorty bundles his few clothes, mounts his horse and rides away. He sees a notice offering $500 reward for the capture, dead or alive, of a bandit known as the "Desert Rat." Shorty sees the "Desert Rat" holding up the stage and plans to capture him, but instead he is wounded by the bandit. One of the passengers who had shot at the bandit, tells the sheriff that he has hit the man and that they can trail him by the blood stains. They find the trail and follow Shorty to the bandit's cabin, where he has taken refuge. He is arrested, found guilty and sentenced to be hanged, but is saved by the bandit's wife, who persuaded her husband to make a written confession before he died.
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Shorty's Trip to Mexico
MovieJun 3, 1914

Shorty's Trip to Mexico

The offer of Pedro Sanchez, …
The offer of Pedro Sanchez, the border smuggler, was seized upon by Shorty as a means of repairing a damaged heart. If he were to help Pedro smuggle arms into Mexico, he might manage to renew his affair with Anita. He had just come through a sickening experience. It was pay day and he had come up to town with the boys for a good time. The only woman in Dead Tree whom Shorty would look at, being Bessie Gordon, the dentist's wife, he had gone to the doctor's office roaring with toothache. And Gordon had insisted upon relieving him of a perfectly good molar. Afterwards the boys had treated him to the consolations of whiskey, and Pedro winning his co-operation, Shorty and the Spaniard rode off toward the border. Meanwhile, Anita and her father had refused to hand over their stock of horses to the Mexican general, Carramba, who had trussed them up in their own hacienda, placing a guard over them, and ridden away. On a mission for Pedro, Shorty stopped off to see his sweetheart. There he discovered the plight and outwitting the guard, cut their bonds, hurried father and daughter into his automobile and drove to safety across the border.
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Shorty's Strategy
MovieMay 16, 1914

Shorty's Strategy

Ranchman Landers, owner of the Three Bar Ranch, sends his …
Ranchman Landers, owner of the Three Bar Ranch, sends his son, Dick, and Shorty, a friend, to town for money for the payroll. A gambler, with his sweetheart, Madge, sees Dick enter the bank; he waits outside. Shorty leaves Dick for a few minutes to go to the shoemaker. Madge approaches Dick and bumps into him as he is reading a letter. She apologizes and immediately begins to encourage an acquaintance. Dick invites her to have a bottle of beer and also into the dance hall for a dance. Madge tells Dick that the gambler will not allow women to gamble at his table, and asks him to bet some money for her. He loses and before he is aware of it he has bet the payroll. Shorty, in order to get the money back, gets a bottle of whiskey, follows the gambler to his room, and at the point of a revolver makes the gambler drink the whole bottle. Shorty puts him on a burro and turns the burro loose. Dick's father and the cowboys, who have become worried over their non-appearance, find Shorty and Dick asleep in a room at the hotel. Shorty explains that they could not go home in the dark, after having whispered to Dick not to worry as the money is under his pillow.
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Shorty Escapes Marriage
MovieApr 29, 1914

Shorty Escapes Marriage

While Shorty is out looking …
While Shorty is out looking for cattle thieves his horse stumbles and falls, and Shorty is thrown and injured. He is captured by a bunch of Mexican rebel soldiers and put in jail. He is seen by Anita, a beautiful Spanish girl, whom he sends to notify Bud Simms, the ranch owner. Anita has taken a great fancy to Shorty and breaks the rules by taking food to him. In the meantime an important letter has come to the ranch for Shorty. The boys open it and find that Shorty has been left a fortune on condition that he marry a certain woman within two weeks. The boys conceive the plan of marrying Shorty to the lady, who is on her way to the ranch, by proxy. Nell Holden, the lady in question, who is rather a pretty girl, fearing that she may not like the looks of Shorty, disguises herself as an ugly old maid so that Shorty will refuse to marry her. The proxy is Tom Crowne, a very handsome young cowboy, who falls in love with Nell, when he sees her with the disguise removed. Nell plans with the sheriff, who is also the magistrate, to insert Tom Crowne's name in the marriage license instead of Shorty's so that Tom becomes her legal husband instead of only by proxy. Anita notifies Simms of Shorty's whereabouts and the cowboys rescue him. Shorty is very much surprised to find on his return that he has been married by proxy, but is no more surprised than Tom Crowne when he finds that instead of being Nell's husband by proxy, he is really her legal husband.
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Shorty's Sacrifice
MovieApr 8, 1914

Shorty's Sacrifice

Shorty starts for Arizona with the hope of finding work so that …
Shorty starts for Arizona with the hope of finding work so that he may be able to send for his mother, who is suffering with a cough. He is unable to pay his fare on a freight train, so he sneaks into the caboose and hides in the wood box. A lot of tramps, who are stealing a ride, when told by the brakeman to move on, attack him and throw him out of the moving box car and then attempt to man the train. Shorty helps the train crew and when the tramps are brought before the magistrate at the next town. Shorty is given work by Tom Simms, a ranch owner, while the ringleader of the tramps is given a long sentence by Ned Dorne, justice of the peace. Shorty is soon made foreman. In some unknown way the barns in which Simms has his crops stored take fire, burning up everything. Ned Dorne, who is a rival for Ethel Somners, the new school teacher, holds a note against Simms and sees a good chance to ruin him. Ned Dorne demands immediate payment and they quarrel. The tramp responsible for the attack on the train serves his time and is released and ordered out of town. He sees Dorne riding alone and decides that this is his chance to get even. He attacks him, kills him and is wounded in the struggle. Simms is accused of the crime, but Shorty writes a note to the sheriff, telling him that he did it. Shorty finds the tramp dying, obtains a confession from him, just as the sheriff and posse arrive to arrest him. Simms is exonerated and Shorty's mother arrives just as he returns to the ranch, a free man.
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The Adventures of Shorty
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MovieMar 18, 1914

The Adventures of Shorty

Because the girls in the …
Because the girls in the dance hall refuse to dance with Shorty, who is a little worse for liquor, and because the cowboys play a joke on him by having one of the boys dress up as a woman, he proceeds to shoot up the place. The boys see no way out of the excitement but to put Shorty aboard a freight train bound for parts unknown. Shorty comes to himself with a very bad head and the sounds of a quarrel in another part of the car. He investigates and finds a bum abusing a boy. Shorty interferes and gets the worse of it. The brakeman hears the noise of the struggle and attempts to stop the fight by drawing a gun, but the bum takes the weapon from the brakeman and shoots him. Shorty is accused of the crime, but the sheriff happens to be the boy's father; he gives Shorty money and returns to his home ranch.
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The Play's the Thing
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MovieFeb 19, 1914

The Play's the Thing

Clifton Boyle, leading man of a disbanded theatrical …
Clifton Boyle, leading man of a disbanded theatrical company, returns home to find his sister dying. She tells him that she had married Harold Welles, a member of the profession and that he deserted her when her baby died. Boyle swears vengeance as he buries his sister. Later Boyle is the leading man of a company presenting "Count of Monte Cristo," with Harold Welles playing Danglars to his Edmund Dantes. Boyle asks Welles if he knew his sister, but Welles denies being the man. Welles returns to his room and destroys a letter and picture, which is all the evidence he has that would prove he was married to Boyle's sister. He throws the torn letter and picture out of the window. The pieces fall into the hands of Boyle. Being sure of his man now, Boyle kills Welles in the duel scene, but owing to his pretended sorrow over the accident, is exonerated by the Coroner's jury.
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A Romance of the Sea
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MovieFeb 11, 1914

A Romance of the Sea

Master Bell, an old salt, receives word that Roderick Due, the …
Master Bell, an old salt, receives word that Roderick Due, the former mate of a piratical craft, has escaped and is looking for him. Bell is greatly worried, for he has a chart which locates a wonderful treasure chest. Before he can leave the town. Due appears and hires some fishermen to attack Bell and gain possession of the chart. They assault the old man and he is getting the worst of it when Captain Rood and his sweetheart, Ethel, come upon the scene and rout the sailors, taking the old man, who is badly injured, to Ethel's home. Later he dies and gives to them the chart and instructs them how to find the treasure. Due learns of this, and when Rood advertises for sailors to man his ship, he and the fisherman, who got the worst of the fight, apply for positions and are taken on by the unsuspecting Rood. Rood and Ethel are married and start out in search of the treasure. Just as they arrive in sight of the land. Due and his men are plotting to take possession of the ship, when the boatswain, who is a friend of Rood's, overhears them, warns Rood, and takes Ethel to a small boat. Rood, with the cook, who is also loyal, tries to reason with Due. Due orders his men to attack the captain, but he locks the door and escapes with his wife. They arrive on the island, discover the chest in a cave and return with it to the ship. Due, in the meantime, having discovered the escape of the captain, with his men man a small boat and go to the island, but are attacked by Indians, who kill all but Due. They row towards the ship. The cook, who has recovered from his blow, sees them approaching, fires a cannon and kills them. Later the captain, with his chest, arrives on the boat to the joy of all.
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1913
The Battle of Gettysburg
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MovieJun 1, 1913

The Battle of Gettysburg

A young woman's …
A young woman's sweetheart fights for the Union, while her brother fights for the Confederates, in the pivotal 1863 battle of the U.S. Civil War.
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The Sergeant's Secret
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MovieMar 12, 1913

The Sergeant's Secret

Lieut. Jim Brice is the …
Lieut. Jim Brice is the wayward son of the Colonel. Troubled over his boy's conduct, the Colonel requests Sgt. O'Grady to keep an eye on him. Jim frequents a gambling house kept by a Spaniard named Gomez, and one night loses heavily, being finally compelled to give Gomez his I.O.U. for $1,000. Upon his return home, Jim, in a tipsy condition is seriously upbraided by his father, who threatens to disown him in a highly dramatic scene. Jim has been carrying on a clandestine courtship of a pretty Indian maid, Winona, and he promises to elope with her and build a home away in the wilderness. Gomez takes advantage of the desperate financial situation of Jim, and demands payment of his I.O.U., agreeing, however, to cancel the indebtedness if Jim will tip him off when the payroll money for the fort will arrive. Jim gives him this information, and Gomez and his band waylay the stage dressed as Indians, and massacre the escort. When Jim learns of this he is stricken with remorse, but dare not reveal his knowledge, for fear of implicating himself. The Indians are believed to have been the guilty parties, and with a strong guard of soldiers the Colonel calls at the Indian camp and demands that the Indians deliver to him the guilty parties, telling them that if the culprits are not given up within twenty-four hours they must suffer the consequences. At the scene of the battle, Sgt. O'Grady finds a cufflink and suspects that white men have done the deed. He says nothing, but does some clever detective work. In the saloon Gomez is playing cards, and O'Grady gives the cufflink to the porter and tells him to let on that he has just picked it off the floor. Gomez claims the button, exhibiting the mate as evidence of ownership. Jim has been distracted, and takes a drink. His sister sees him enter the saloon and sends O'Grady in after him. When Jim comes out his sister puts her arms around him and tries to make him come home. Winona sees Jim's sister and thinks her a rival, and her heart is filled with jealousy. Jim decides to call at the robbers' hiding place and demand that they return the money. Winona follows him, stealthily, and sees the gang. Fearing for her people, and burning with a desire for revenge, she tells the chief where the money and the thieves are. He decides to capture them, and save himself and his people from the unjust wrath of the soldiers, and starts out with a large company of braves in war paint. O'Grady has also trailed Gomez to his hiding place, and rushes to the fort for assistance just as word reaches the Colonel that the Indians are on the warpath. The Colonel immediately starts out to intercept the Indians, leaving word for his son to accompany O'Grady and capture the bandits. In the hut Jim has met with surly resistance to his demands, and be is finally knocked down and bound. The Indians attack the hut, and Gomez releases Jim and permits him to defend himself from the redskins. The Colonel reaches the village and is informed of the object of the Indians, and gallops toward the hut. O'Grady, at the head of his men, drives off the Indians and breaks in the door of the hut, in which the bandits have been all killed and Jim is mortally wounded. As the Colonel reaches the scene with his soldiers, O'Grady tells him Jim died fighting the bandits, keeping from the father the real story of his son's disgrace. Jim is buried with all military honors, and the old sergeant watches the funeral procession with a grim look on his face, resolved to guard his secret.
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The Barrier
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MovieMar 5, 1913

The Barrier

Sergeant Wade is promoted to a lieutenancy, and the day he …
Sergeant Wade is promoted to a lieutenancy, and the day he receives official notification of his new rank he has been writing in his dairy the innermost secrets of his heart, for he is in love with Grace, the Colonel's daughter, and has never dared to communicate to her the affection he bears her. Corporal Sullivan, much the worse for an evening spent in the saloons of the settlement, comes in and finds the diary, and goes to the bunk house where he entertains the soldiers by reading it aloud. Wade comes into the room, and tears the book from Sullivan's hand, and, greatly mortified, rushes to his room. The drunken Sullivan follows him, and Wade, driven to desperation, strikes him. A terrific struggle ensues, and Wade picks up a heavy water pitcher and strikes Sullivan, who falls unconscious. Wade is arrested and court-martialed, being sentenced to a prison term at Ft. Leavenworth, and is sent away escorted by an armed guard. Grace, who is secretly in love with Wade, feels his disgrace keenly and decides to go east for a while. She goes away in the stagecoach. In the meantime the Indians have been acting in an ugly manner, having trouble with the government agent, and they break out and go on the warpath. The agency is burned down, and then they see the stagecoach approaching. The escort sees the Indians approaching and by a clever trick manage to get Grace secreted in the hills, and they gallop away with the Indians in pursuit. The entire guard is killed off, but not before they have put up a great fight for their lives. Wade takes advantage of the carelessness of his guard and makes a thrilling escape, taking to the hills. He meets Grace just as the Indians, who have discovered the ruse that was employed, are following her trail. Behind the rocks Wade fights for his life and that of Grace, and, in a narrow pass he holds the redskins at bay, though wounded a number of times. The soldiers at the fort, discovering the massacre of the Indian agent and his staff, are in pursuit of the Indians, and hearing the firing ride madly to the scene. A sensational fight takes place before the Indians are finally driven back and Grace and Wade rescued. Wade is carried back to the fort and tenderly nursed by Grace. The Colonel makes a personal appeal for him to Washington, and in view of his heroism Wade is restored to his rank of lieutenant and the findings of the court-martial set aside. The last scene shows the happy man with Grace, who has confessed her love for him.
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Lure of the Violin
MovieFeb 26, 1913

Lure of the Violin

Tony Cuneo, a handsome Italian musician, though possessed …
Tony Cuneo, a handsome Italian musician, though possessed of wonderful talent, is in straitened circumstances, and "beats" his way west on a freight train. He meets "Shorty," a devil-may-care young fellow, who is also riding at the expense of the railroad company, and during a quarrel Tony pushes Shorty from the top of the car while traveling through barren western country. Shorty wanders about badly hurt, and is found by a troop of soldiers who carry him to the fort. He gets over his injuries and enlists in the army, and becomes the orderly of Capt. Swift. Tony joins an emigrant train, paying for his food and transportation by furnishing music for the emigrants. Early one morning, before the camp is astir, Indians swoop down on the emigrants, and a terrific battle ensues, in which the white men are destroyed and many of the women captured. Tony, a coward at heart, is frantic with fear, and while the white men have been fighting he has been groveling under a wagon. As the redskins rush into the camp, Tony begins to fiddle, and the Indians are struck by the strains of the strange music. His life is spared, and when the troops attack the Indians and defeat them in a fierce battle, Tony is taken to the fort. Capt. Swift is the accepted suitor of Grace, the daughter of the Colonel, and the wedding day is set. The girl is of a temperamental disposition, and she is thrilled by the sweet music of the violin in Tony's hands, and charmed by his attentions. He persuades her to elope with him. and, unbeknown to her, steals the Colonel's money. Hearing the noise in the dead of night, the Colonel arises and is shot by Tony, who drops his pistol and jumps through a window. The pistol has been stolen from Capt. Swift, and is identified, and the young officer is placed under arrest. Things look dark for the Captain, and Shorty is in despair. To save Swift he determines to sacrifice himself, and leaves a written confession, stating that he fired the shot and stole the money, and disappears. He eludes his pursuers, and with a tattered suit and a heavy growth of beard he is unrecognizable. He makes his way further west, and in a small mining town one day he sees Tony. Grace has deeply repented her action, and has found out the true nature of the man. Shorty calls on him, and compels him at the point of a pistol to write out a confession of his guilt. As Shorty turns to go, Tony leaps upon him, and in the scuffle Tony is fatally wounded. Shorty goes back to the post with the confession, and Capt. Swift goes in search of Grace. He finds her in a convent, and she tells him, in a touching scene, that she has decided to remain there for the rest of her life, safe from the strife and passion of the world.
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1912
The Ball Player and the Bandit
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MovieNov 27, 1912

The Ball Player and the Bandit

An Easterner wins his battles …
An Easterner wins his battles in the West by using his fists.
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How Shorty Kept His Word
MovieOct 30, 1912

How Shorty Kept His Word

Jim Burns, a young lawyer, …
Jim Burns, a young lawyer, defends "Shorty," accused of moonshining, in a great courtroom scene he secures the acquittal of his client, and wins his gratitude. Burns' sweetheart, Ethel, goes on a visit to a neighboring town and comes back in a stagecoach. Burns goes to meet her, and on the way his horse shies at a rattle-snake. Jim draws his revolver and shoots the reptile, continuing on the way. Powers, a government detective, is sent to the district to secure evidence against the moonshiners, and rides in the same coach with Ethel. His unwelcome attentions are resented by Ethel, and when she meets Jim she tells him of the insults. Jim promptly knocks the detective down, and friends prevent any further trouble. "Shorty" sees the detective and recognizes him as the man who killed his brother in trying to arrest him, and "Shorty" has sworn vengeance. Ethel washes her hands at a well and Jim goes to bring her a towel. In his absence the detective appears and tries to apologize. "Shorty," concealed by a bush, fires and kills the detective, who falls at Ethel's feet. Jim rushes back as well as others attracted by the shot, and all, including the girl, believe that Jim has done the shooting. He is arrested and tried for murder. "Shorty" in making his escape is dangerously injured by his horse falling upon him. His partner carries him to his cabin and sends for a doctor, who calls frequently on his patient. One day the doctor lays down a newspaper, which contains glaring headlines of the murder trial. "Shorty" in his weakened condition, determines to save Burns, and fighting back the doctor who seeks to detain him, he leaps on a horse and gallops to the courthouse, where he absolves Jim.
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1879
Shorty Hamilton
BirthSeptember 1879

Shorty Hamilton

Shorty Hamilton was born.
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