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HISTORY

This film was shot in the second half of 1917 under the title The Dead Line in Boulder Creek, CA, and in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. Contemporary trade articles state that the members of the production were associated with Michelena during her time with the California Motion Picture Corp. The film was not released until 1920, when Robertson-Cole had acquired many of the properties formerly belonging to Michelena and the California Motion Picture ... More Less

This film was shot in the second half of 1917 under the title The Dead Line in Boulder Creek, CA, and in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. Contemporary trade articles state that the members of the production were associated with Michelena during her time with the California Motion Picture Corp. The film was not released until 1920, when Robertson-Cole had acquired many of the properties formerly belonging to Michelena and the California Motion Picture Corp. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
13 Mar 20
p. 1571.
MPN
28 Feb 20
p. 2128.
MPN
6 Mar 20
p. 2238.
MPN
13 Dec 19
p. 855.
MPN
20 Mar 20
p. 2783.
MPW
11 Aug 17
p. 961.
MPW
20 Mar 20
p. 2007.
NYDM
4 Aug 17
p. 17.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Dead Line
Release Date:
29 February 1920
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Blunt, the cattle king, attempts to force homesteaders from their land, Old Man Dowell opposes his efforts and is killed for his convictions. Because the town's sheriff is corrupt, Dowell's daughter Star decides that the only method of obtaining justice is to operate outside the law. Donning the guise of the masked bandit, Star exposes the sheriff who resigns and is replaced by Page, the man Star loves. After a series of confrontations between the bandit, the sheriff and the cattle baron, Blunt is finally convicted of Dowell's murder when one of his own gunmen turns against him. Thus avenged, Star can at last drop her alter ego to become Page's ... +


When Blunt, the cattle king, attempts to force homesteaders from their land, Old Man Dowell opposes his efforts and is killed for his convictions. Because the town's sheriff is corrupt, Dowell's daughter Star decides that the only method of obtaining justice is to operate outside the law. Donning the guise of the masked bandit, Star exposes the sheriff who resigns and is replaced by Page, the man Star loves. After a series of confrontations between the bandit, the sheriff and the cattle baron, Blunt is finally convicted of Dowell's murder when one of his own gunmen turns against him. Thus avenged, Star can at last drop her alter ego to become Page's wife. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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