22 November 2016 | boblipton
A Seen Enemy
Lloyd Ingraham is getting too shaky to manage the general store/post office/stagecoach stop, so daughters Bess Sankey and Evelyn Selbie take over. When money is delivered, robbers come to steal it and that's where Broncho Billy steps in to offer some help.
This movie can be thought of as a comment on D.W. Griffith's AN UNSEEN ENEMY of the previous year, in which the Gish sisters, in their movie debuts, cower behind a door while robbers try to break in, and rescue rushes to reach them. A wooden door won't stop armed men, this movie makes clear, and while two girls may be no match for three men with guns, that doesn't mean their only recourse is to cower. Over at Keystone, Griffith's race-to-rescue-the-helpless women became the formula for the Keystone Kops, while at Kalem, the women were quite capable of rescuing themselves -- and the men, too. Here, it's given a western touch.