The Girl Scout: or, The Canadian Contingent in the Boer War (1909)

Scene I: War Declared. The Girl Neltze Begs to Go. At the time of the opening of the first scene all hope of a peaceful settlement had been abandoned. Actual war had begun and we see a Boer... See full synopsis »

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Sidney Olcott
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Scene I: War Declared. The Girl Neltze Begs to Go. At the time of the opening of the first scene all hope of a peaceful settlement had been abandoned. Actual war had begun and we see a Boer messenger dashing across the country carrying the news to the scattered farmers. At the Voorhaut farm the elder Voorhaut and his son are discussing the rumors of war. Even the Kaffir servant, Schrake, stops to listen. Now they are joined by Neltze. Voorhaut's only daughter. A shout is heard in the distance and up clashes the war messenger. In a few words he tells of the declaration of war and of the appeal to the burghers issued by the President, then rides on. Voorhaut orders his son and the Kaffir to bring their horses. Neltze begs to go with her father. She offers to show him how well she can shoot. He holds out his hat and stepping back a few paces Neltze pulls the trigger and the bullet pierces the hat exactly in the center. But still her father refuses to let her go. Now young Voorhaut and ...

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Short | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1909 (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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Bravery which make one's blood tingle
16 January 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

In this picture the producing company has woven an interesting and active melodramatic tale about the Canadian contingent in the Boer War. There are stirring battle scenes, with some exhibitions of daring and bravery which make one's blood tingle, and there are tender scenes which bring the tears. And through it all runs this tender love story, which finally ends in a wedding. Like all melodramas, there is much boisterous work in this, yet it does not cause the uneasiness that it sometimes does and one sees the close with a good degree of satisfaction. It is, all things considered, as interesting a film, and as full of action, as anything the Kalem people have yet produced. The steady improvement in the Kalem pictures indicates a progressive spirit for which the firm is to be commended. But to keep pace with their competitors a Kalem studio will have to come and with it more convincing settings for some of their scenes. - The Moving Picture World, November 13, 1909


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