The Desert Scorpion (1920)

Western | 15 January 1920

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HISTORY

The Art-O-Graf Film Co. studios were located in Denver and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Although released in Jan 1920, the film was not reviewed until May and Jun 1920, when it was called an Empire State Film ... More Less

The Art-O-Graf Film Co. studios were located in Denver and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Although released in Jan 1920, the film was not reviewed until May and Jun 1920, when it was called an Empire State Film Photoplay. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
5 Jun 20
p. 55.
MPN
17 Jan 20
pp. 792-93.
MPN
7 Feb 20
p. 1497.
MPN
24 Apr 20
p. 599.
MPN
27 Mar 20
p. 2946.
MPW
29 May 20
p. 1238.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
15 January 1920
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5-6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When a band of sheepherders decide to settle on cattle land, the neighboring cattlemen warn them to move on, but their leader refuses, sparking a feud in which the cattlemen set fire to the sheepherders' homes. In retaliation, the Sheepherder, although in love with the Cattle King's daughter, leads a robbery on the cattlemen's bank. Finding the Sheriff's daughter impregnated and deserted by the Cattle King's daughter's fiancé, a villainous Easterner, the Sheepherder provides her shelter and compassion. He then abducts the Cattle King's daughter to nurse the sick woman. The cattlemen track them to the cabin, where all is revealed; the bank robbery is forgiven in terms of repayment for the destruction of the sheepherders' homes, and the Cattle King's daughter, realizing the infamy of her fiancé, accepts the love of the ... +


When a band of sheepherders decide to settle on cattle land, the neighboring cattlemen warn them to move on, but their leader refuses, sparking a feud in which the cattlemen set fire to the sheepherders' homes. In retaliation, the Sheepherder, although in love with the Cattle King's daughter, leads a robbery on the cattlemen's bank. Finding the Sheriff's daughter impregnated and deserted by the Cattle King's daughter's fiancé, a villainous Easterner, the Sheepherder provides her shelter and compassion. He then abducts the Cattle King's daughter to nurse the sick woman. The cattlemen track them to the cabin, where all is revealed; the bank robbery is forgiven in terms of repayment for the destruction of the sheepherders' homes, and the Cattle King's daughter, realizing the infamy of her fiancé, accepts the love of the Sheepherder. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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