The Craven (1912)

Drama, Short


Harvey Fiske, with an inherent streak of cowardice, is a newcomer at Childs' ranch. He introduces himself to Mr. Childs, his niece Anne, and Tom Beckett. Tom bears a silent love for Anne; ... See full summary »


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Director:

Rollin S. Sturgeon

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18 October 2016 | boblipton
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| A Woman's Work is Never Done
Anne Schaeffer marries dude Robert Thornby, who becomes sheriff. However, when he must go after a murderer, he doesn't have the nerve, so it's up to Anne to strap on the gun belt and mount up in this Vitagraph short western.

It's a good story, with some nice sequences in it, but even at the (to the modern eye) brisk pace of action in movies of this era, there are moments of draggy obscurity. For most of its length, it maintains a nicely humorous tone, even during the shootouts and Miss Schaeffer's unhappy musings on her life choices.

Rolin Sturgeon's western unit for Vitagraph was fairly prolific and a lot of the standard visual tropes of westerns were set there, rather than the more popular "Broncho Billy" westerns from Essanay. If you wish, you can see them for yourself in the copy posted on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.

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Drama | Short

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Release Date:

19 April 1912

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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