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The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News announced that William Duncan had completed what was then being called Death Trap Baker. Vitagraph placed Carol Holloway under contract and planned to star her in future William Duncan Westerns, including a Vitagraph serial called The Fighting Trail.
       This film was the first of a two-part series of Alfred Henry Lewis's "Wolfville" stories, the second of which, The Tenderfoot, was released in Dec 1917 (see entry). William Duncan starred in and directed both films. ... More Less

The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News announced that William Duncan had completed what was then being called Death Trap Baker. Vitagraph placed Carol Holloway under contract and planned to star her in future William Duncan Westerns, including a Vitagraph serial called The Fighting Trail.
       This film was the first of a two-part series of Alfred Henry Lewis's "Wolfville" stories, the second of which, The Tenderfoot, was released in Dec 1917 (see entry). William Duncan starred in and directed both films. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
25 Aug 1917
p. 1310.
Motog
27 Oct 1917
p. 888.
Moving Picture World
27 Oct 1917
p. 521, 582
NYDM
13 Oct 1917
p. 25.
Variety
12 Oct 1917
p. 41.
Wid's
18 Oct 1917
p. 674.
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LITERARY
Based on the collection of short stories Wolfville: Episodes of Cowboy Life by Alfred Henry Lewis (New York, 1897) and subsequent volumes of his "Wolfville" stories.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Death Trap Baker
Release Date:
15 October 1917
Production Date:
ended August 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
6 October 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11524
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Intent upon ridding his town of crime, Dead Shot Baker, the beloved sheriff of Wolfville, drives a band of outlaws to the outskirts, where they hold up the stagecoach and carry two girls away to the hills. Baker and his posse overtake the bandits and rescue the girls, one of whom is the beautiful and willful Evelyn Baldwin, the daughter of a once wealthy miner who is now a penniless drunkard. Old Baldwin is killed in the battle and Evelyn, although penniless, refuses to work. Baker comes to her rescue and marries the girl, who then snubs him for the new postmaster. Feeling inferior to his wife, Baker invites death so that she may be free to marry the postmaster. Heading a posse against a band of notorious rustlers, Baker falls to his apparent death from a cliff. When news of her husband's death reaches Evelyn, she heads a posse back into the hills, routs the outlaws, finds her husband and nurses him back to health, thus winning the respect of the ... +


Intent upon ridding his town of crime, Dead Shot Baker, the beloved sheriff of Wolfville, drives a band of outlaws to the outskirts, where they hold up the stagecoach and carry two girls away to the hills. Baker and his posse overtake the bandits and rescue the girls, one of whom is the beautiful and willful Evelyn Baldwin, the daughter of a once wealthy miner who is now a penniless drunkard. Old Baldwin is killed in the battle and Evelyn, although penniless, refuses to work. Baker comes to her rescue and marries the girl, who then snubs him for the new postmaster. Feeling inferior to his wife, Baker invites death so that she may be free to marry the postmaster. Heading a posse against a band of notorious rustlers, Baker falls to his apparent death from a cliff. When news of her husband's death reaches Evelyn, she heads a posse back into the hills, routs the outlaws, finds her husband and nurses him back to health, thus winning the respect of the townspeople. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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