A Wife of the Hills (1912)

Short, Western

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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6 May 2016 | boblipton
| Betrayal
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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Short | Western


Release Date:

20 July 1912



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Filming Locations

Niles, California, USA

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