Broncho Billy's Gratefulness (1913)

Broncho Billy, suffering from a fever, collapses on the doorstep of a ranchman's home. John Harding, returning from his work, carries Broncho Billy into the house and places him on the bed.... See full summary »
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Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson ... Broncho Billy
Brinsley Shaw ... John Harding
Evelyn Selbie ... Mrs. John Harding
Fred Church ... Fred Church
Harry Todd ... The Sheriff
Victor Potel ... Dr. Huff
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Broncho Billy, suffering from a fever, collapses on the doorstep of a ranchman's home. John Harding, returning from his work, carries Broncho Billy into the house and places him on the bed. A doctor is summoned. A few weeks later, Broncho Billy now fully recovered thanks Harding and his wife for their kind treatment and returns to town where he is greeted with a welcome hand by everyone. Two or three days later Fred Church, hiding behind a tree opposite to Harding's home, sees the latter leave. Church forces his attentions on Mrs. Harding. Returning to his home Harding is informed by his wife of what had happened during his absence. The husband, swearing revenge, shoots Church. He is later captured by the sheriff. Mrs. Harding then informs Broncho Billy. In a desperate spirit of gratefulness, Broncho Billy holds up the sheriff and his posse, which enables Harding to escape, meet his wife, and cross the border into Mexico. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1913 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Niles, California, USA

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Broncho Billy Keeps His Word
21 November 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Brinsley Shaw and his wife, Evelyn Selbie, find Broncho Billy Anderson collapsed outside their home. They bring him inside, fetch a doctor and nurse him back to health, earning Broncho Billy's gratitude. Later, an old boyfriend barges into the place and kisses Miss Selbie; Shaw shoots him. When the sheriff comes and arrests Shaw, Miss Selbie seeks out Broncho Billy for help.

It's apparent that the kiss forced upon Miss Selbie was intended to be more and the film makers and their audience knew this. That would account for the extreme, melodramatic manner in which the couple behave, leading to a humorous handling of the situation by the low-minded but decent Broncho Billy. This varying tone makes this movie quite watchable.


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