Ned and Jack, two western boys, are both in love with the pretty daughter of their employer, who, liking both, is unsettled as to which of them she will accept. She finally decides upon ... See full summary »
| What Does A Man Have to Do To Get a Kind Word Around Here?
Broncho Billy Anderson and Brinsley Shaw both love pretty Gladys Field. To avoid hurting Shaw's feelings, she secretly weds Anderson. Soon after, the two go on a prospecting trip and Shaw picks up the mail each day and hides his wife's letters from Anderson. Then one day the Indians attack the two...
It's strong meat, and a series of seemingly random events, but that's the way a lot of strong fiction is composed to happen, from Chretien des Troyes' Arthurian romances to modern mysteries: the story often lays in working out the patterns of reality and their meaning. When you're instructed, you may not remember as well as when you work it out yourself, and the stark situations in this short film make their points clearly.
I've been looking at a bunch of Broncho Billy Anderson shorts recently restored by the BFI and made available on DVD. I am struck in general and in this particular one, at the beauty of their camera-work in compositions and subjects, particularly outdoors.