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A Wife of the Hills (1912)

Bart McGrew, a notorious outlaw, lives in the hills with his young wife, unknown to McGrew, one of his land. Dan Trent, is in love with his wife and the two are plotting to go away and ... See full summary »
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Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson ... Bart McGrew
Arthur Mackley ... The Sheriff
Brinsley Shaw ... Dan Trent
Vedah Bertram ... Bart McGrew's Wife
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Bart McGrew, a notorious outlaw, lives in the hills with his young wife, unknown to McGrew, one of his land. Dan Trent, is in love with his wife and the two are plotting to go away and leave McGrew at the first opportunity. One morning Trent is riding along the trail when he sees a notice from the sheriff offering McGrew and his band freedom for surrender if they will give themselves up. Quickly Trent rides to the shack during McGrew's absence, tells her he will give himself up and thus secure McGrew's arrest. This will give them an opportunity to go away while the outlaw is serving his prison term. Trent carries out his plan, gives himself up to the sheriff and leads the posse back to the shack in time to take McGrew prisoner. Realizing he has been tricked, and suspecting his wife and Trent for treachery, McGrew swears vengeance and is dragged off to jail. Next morning McGrew escapes, and, though pursued by a posse, strikes straight for the shack to wreak his vengeance. Covered with ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Niles, California, USA

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Betrayal
6 May 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Brinsley Shaw turns in wanted fugitive Broncho Billy Anderson to the sheriff so he can be with Billy's girlfriend, Vedah Bertram. Billy escapes and is pursued by the sheriff and his men, but he saves one bullet for the man who has betrayed him.

Broncho Billy was the first cowboy superstar. He appeared in hundreds of short westerns from about 1906 through 1918 as his famous cowboy character. The role would vary from amiable cowpoke in a comedy to deadly killer, as here. There were other cowboy actors, but few who stuck it like he did, until the rise of features and William S. Hart.

The modern viewer will find that this is pretty much in the mold of western movies through the 1950s and onto television, with long horseback chases and steely-eyed gunslingers. Some of this was due to the dime novels from which the genre was borrowed, but a lot of it was because that was the way Broncho Billy did it.


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