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According to reviews, in this film there is a scene taken in moonlight without the aid of artificial light, which is said to be the first of its kind. According to a contemporary news item, author Charles E. Van Loan assisted in the production. Some scenes in the film were shot in Banning, CA. According to studio records, additional cast members included H. Standing as "Governor," Ling as "Hindo," Mr. Fletcher as "Judge" and Bobby Murdock as "Turn Key." Members of "Medicine Show Crowd" included Linkenhelt, Joe Ray, Hoot Gibson, Briscoe, Art Acord, Schalenberg, Ray Myers Allardt, M. Mattox and Rhea Haines. Although a news item relates that Lois Weber and Phillips Smalley were responsible for this production, no confirming evidence of this was ... More Less

According to reviews, in this film there is a scene taken in moonlight without the aid of artificial light, which is said to be the first of its kind. According to a contemporary news item, author Charles E. Van Loan assisted in the production. Some scenes in the film were shot in Banning, CA. According to studio records, additional cast members included H. Standing as "Governor," Ling as "Hindo," Mr. Fletcher as "Judge" and Bobby Murdock as "Turn Key." Members of "Medicine Show Crowd" included Linkenhelt, Joe Ray, Hoot Gibson, Briscoe, Art Acord, Schalenberg, Ray Myers Allardt, M. Mattox and Rhea Haines. Although a news item relates that Lois Weber and Phillips Smalley were responsible for this production, no confirming evidence of this was located. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
20 Feb 15
p. 304.
MPN
6 Feb 15
p. 45.
MPW
30 Jan 15
p. 744.
MPW
25 Jan 19
p. 545.
NYDM
3 Feb 15
p. 26.
NYDM
31 Mar 15
p. 32.
Variety
29 Jan 15
p. 24.
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 February 1915
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Following a shootout with the sheriff and his men, Buckshot John, the fierce, sole survivor of Bad Jake Kennedy's gang of robbers, refuses to divulge the location of the gang's cache, and is sentenced to thirty years in jail. After serving fifteen years, Buckshot "gets religion" and decides to return the gold. He summons the famous Denver quack clairvoyant, The Great Gilmore, who is also the leader of the "Purified Thought" cult, to contact Bad Jake for advice. Gilmore conducts a bogus séance, and with knowledge gained from reading accounts of the robbery, Gilmore convinces Buckshot to reveal the loot's hiding place to save his soul. Jimmy Dacey, a reporter who loves Ruth Mason, whom Gilmore courts, interviews Buckshot and tells him that Gilmore is a fake. Buckshot breaks out, tracks down Gilmore, retrieves the gold, and returns it to one of the firms he robbed. He then surrenders and is later granted a ... +


Following a shootout with the sheriff and his men, Buckshot John, the fierce, sole survivor of Bad Jake Kennedy's gang of robbers, refuses to divulge the location of the gang's cache, and is sentenced to thirty years in jail. After serving fifteen years, Buckshot "gets religion" and decides to return the gold. He summons the famous Denver quack clairvoyant, The Great Gilmore, who is also the leader of the "Purified Thought" cult, to contact Bad Jake for advice. Gilmore conducts a bogus séance, and with knowledge gained from reading accounts of the robbery, Gilmore convinces Buckshot to reveal the loot's hiding place to save his soul. Jimmy Dacey, a reporter who loves Ruth Mason, whom Gilmore courts, interviews Buckshot and tells him that Gilmore is a fake. Buckshot breaks out, tracks down Gilmore, retrieves the gold, and returns it to one of the firms he robbed. He then surrenders and is later granted a pardon. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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