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The Girl Spy Before Vicksburg (1910)

The opening scene of our story shows a Union powder wagon making its way down the road convoyed by a company of mounted Union soldiers. The route of this wagon is reported to Confederate ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Olcott

Writer:

Gene Gauntier
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Gene Gauntier ... The Girl Spy
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The opening scene of our story shows a Union powder wagon making its way down the road convoyed by a company of mounted Union soldiers. The route of this wagon is reported to Confederate headquarters by one of its spies. Nan, a girl frequently employed by the department of the Confederate army, is called to headquarters and instructed to secure the destruction of the enemy's ammunition train just reported. Nan is fitted out with a Union uniform, mounted on a fast horse and sent on her journey, previously provided with a forged order supposedly signed by a Union general which authorizes her to pass through the lines. Nan succeeds in getting through the Union lines and quickly locates the ammunition train, taking up the march with them. When night arrives the convoy goes into camp, posts its sentinels for no especial fear of danger as they note they are well within the Union lines. Nan, however, watching her opportunity, slips up behind the lone sentry placed over the ammunition wagon ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1910 (USA) See more »

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Kalem Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Girl Spy Strikes Again!
1 October 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Southern belle Gene Gauntier is playing with a puppy when orders come from her father, a Confederate officer; the Yankees have Vicksburg under siege and they are transporting gunpowder to the battle. Once again, it's up to Miss Gauntier to save the day.

"The Girl Spy" was a popular series of short subjects starring Miss Gauntier. While over at Biograph, the ladies were sedate, over at Kalem women took their own fates in their hands in action stories. Miss Gauntier would dress in shocking trousers and lead the foe on long chases -- the rule was that Confederates were the heroes to appease the Southern markets; the North, having won the war, didn't much care, so long as you didn't make fun of Lincoln.

Miss Gauntier would go on to write and star in Kalem's early feature, FROM THE MANGER TO THE CROSS, then appear in movies for her own production company. Kalem would continue to exploit the ladies market by showing the audiences women who actually did stuff.


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