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Iola's Promise (1912)

Iola, the little Indian girl, is held captive by a gang of cutthroats, from whose clutches and abuse she is rescued by Jack Harper, a prospector. She is truly grateful to Jack, for she ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

Writer:

Belle Taylor
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Cast overview:
Mary Pickford ... Iola
Alfred Paget ... Jack Harper
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... Jack's Partner
Dorothy Bernard ... Jack's Sweetheart
Frank Opperman Frank Opperman ... Jack's Sweetheart's Father
Kate Toncray Kate Toncray ... Jack's Sweetheart's Mother
Charles Hill Mailes ... Jack's Sweetheart's Father
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... The Medicine Man (uncredited)
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Iola, the little Indian girl, is held captive by a gang of cutthroats, from whose clutches and abuse she is rescued by Jack Harper, a prospector. She is truly grateful to Jack, for she regards him as something different from the white people she has seen. Jack's sweetheart and her father are parties of a wagon-train headed for this place, and as luck has been against him, he is somewhat gloomy. Iola learns the reason, and promises to help him find gold. He is amused at this and says "Will you?" "Yes." "Cross your heart?" This cross-your-heart action mystifies the little Indian. She thinks it is a sort of tribe insignia and tells her people that "Crossheart" people are all right. Iola surely pays her debt of gratitude, not only in finding gold, but in giving her life to protect Jack's sweetheart from her own people, who are embittered against all whites. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The acting and business show careful, painstaking thought
18 October 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

An Indian picture with chase, battle and massacre. It is a good feature picture, truly thrilling and plainly pleased the audience. The plot, though very interesting, does not rise very far above commonplace; yet the acting and business show careful, painstaking thought and artistic ability; the very backgrounds seem alive and full of atmosphere. Iola, the Indian maid, found that there were two kinds of white people. The cut-throats held her in captivity and were cruel; but the miner who took her away from them was different, he was the "cross heart" kind. Iola's people chased a caravan, overtook it and massacred all but two, a father and daughter. Iola found that they were "cross heart" kind and gave her life to free them. The white girl was the miner's sweetheart and he, with other miners, was coming to the rescue. Iola's promise to the miner was to find gold for him. She died in a place where there was gold. The ending (just a few feet) decidedly falls down, but it comes too late to spoil the picture. The action never drags and there are some first class thrills. The photographs are very good. - The Moving Picture World, April 6, 1912


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