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The exterior scenes were filmed at Boulder Creek near the Redwood State Park in CA. Eight champion rodeo performers were included in the cast. One source credits Marion Russell with the scenario and another notes that Harte's poems "some time ago were together offered as a play." According to a news item, the film was shot with the assistance of Mrs. Josephine Clifford McCrackin, who, forty-five years earlier, was a writer engaged with Bret Harte in editing the Overland Monthly . Alexander E. Beyfuss, California's studio and general manager, was credited erroneously as director. According to the California Motion Picture Corp. studio records, George E. Middleton directed this ... More Less

The exterior scenes were filmed at Boulder Creek near the Redwood State Park in CA. Eight champion rodeo performers were included in the cast. One source credits Marion Russell with the scenario and another notes that Harte's poems "some time ago were together offered as a play." According to a news item, the film was shot with the assistance of Mrs. Josephine Clifford McCrackin, who, forty-five years earlier, was a writer engaged with Bret Harte in editing the Overland Monthly . Alexander E. Beyfuss, California's studio and general manager, was credited erroneously as director. According to the California Motion Picture Corp. studio records, George E. Middleton directed this film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
27 Feb 15
p. 316.
Motog
20 Mar 15
p. 446.
Motog
10 Apr 15
p. 561.
Motog
4 Dec 15
p. 84.
MPN
9 Jan 15
p. 34.
MPN
6 Feb 15
p. 36.
MPN
27 Mar 15
p. 53.
MPN
17 Apr 15
p. 56.
MPN
1 May 15
p. 34, 60, 64
MPW
24 Apr 15
p. 644.
MPW
1 May 15
p. 739.
NYDM
24 Mar 15
p. 24, 33
NYDM
28 Apr 15
p. 26.
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LITERARY
Inspired by the poems "Her Letter," "His Answer" and "Her Last Letter" by Bret Harte (Boston, 1905).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 April 1915
Copyright Claimant:
California Motion Picture Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 April 1915
Copyright Number:
LP5100
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On her way to join her father, John Folinsbee, in the gold rush town of Poverty Flat, Lily meets and falls in love with a young miner named Joe, but her beauty also captures the heart of the local gentleman gambler, Jack Hamlin. Unimpressed with the poor but hopeful miner, Lily's father takes her to Europe to introduce her to wealthier suitors, and in Paris, she is courted by the Count de Brie until he learns that schemers in California have taken control of Folinsbee's mine. In the meantime, Joe strikes it rich, only to be abducted by the villainous Sanchez and his gang. Upon Lily's arrival home, she and Jack attempt to rescue Joe, and although their efforts prove successful, Jack is mortally wounded. Dying, Jack joins the hands of the two young ... +


On her way to join her father, John Folinsbee, in the gold rush town of Poverty Flat, Lily meets and falls in love with a young miner named Joe, but her beauty also captures the heart of the local gentleman gambler, Jack Hamlin. Unimpressed with the poor but hopeful miner, Lily's father takes her to Europe to introduce her to wealthier suitors, and in Paris, she is courted by the Count de Brie until he learns that schemers in California have taken control of Folinsbee's mine. In the meantime, Joe strikes it rich, only to be abducted by the villainous Sanchez and his gang. Upon Lily's arrival home, she and Jack attempt to rescue Joe, and although their efforts prove successful, Jack is mortally wounded. Dying, Jack joins the hands of the two young sweethearts. +

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