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Life on the Border (1911)

Life on the Border is a true story of life in the early days of America. It is the terrible experience of a young pioneer mother left alone for the day in her wilderness home with only a ... See full summary »

Director:

Otis Turner

Writer:

M.L. Patterson
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Clary ... A Pioneer
Kathlyn Williams ... The Pioneer Wife
Lynette Griffin Lynette Griffin ... Dora, Their Child
Tom Mix ... Indian Chief
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Life on the Border is a true story of life in the early days of America. It is the terrible experience of a young pioneer mother left alone for the day in her wilderness home with only a five-year-old child as company. The mother is accidentally imprisoned in a woodshed near the cabin, by her child. The little one tries in vain to lift the heavy latch, and while the mother is thus imprisoned, a bear, being pursued by a band of prowling Indians, arrives upon the scene. Frightened nearly to death, the child hides near a pile of logs. The imprisoned mother, thoroughly frightened, becomes frantic as the pursuing Indians come upon the scene. The Indians explore the grounds and ransack the empty cabin, finding the "fire water" and medicine chest. In their subsequent hilarity they set fire to the cabin and out-buildings, among them the shed in which the terrified mother is imprisoned. The drunken Indians, suddenly remembering the bear, depart in search of the animal. The flames are rapidly ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1911 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Path of the Bear
30 August 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A bear interrupts the gathering of some Indians. When they pursue it, they find a pioneer's cabin, which they set on fire, with the man's wife inside. Will she perish in the blaze?

This Selig Polyscope western looks notable for two things: an early sizable role for Tom Mix (he plays the Indian chief) and the tinting present in just about every scene: red for fire, green or yellow for forest. The use of the bear as a guide to the plot is a nice conceit and the bits of comedy when the beast comes upon the Indians is nice. However, Charles Clary, as the Pioneer has a very annoying performing tic of looking back as if to make sure the audience is paying attention to him. On the stage, this bit of mugging would have lasted three performances. In the flickers, where there is no audience present, it is simply bizarre.


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