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The picture was filmed in part in California's Mojave Desert. Modern sources list the actor credited as Swallow as Ernest Swallow, although contemporary sources do not list the actor's first name. MPW quoted the following intertitle as exemplifying the film's theme: "Oft written in letters of blood, deep carved in the face of destiny, that all men may read, runs the code of the Aryan race: 'Our women shall be guarded'; and a man of the white race may forget much--friends, duty, honor, but this he will not, he cannot ... More Less

The picture was filmed in part in California's Mojave Desert. Modern sources list the actor credited as Swallow as Ernest Swallow, although contemporary sources do not list the actor's first name. MPW quoted the following intertitle as exemplifying the film's theme: "Oft written in letters of blood, deep carved in the face of destiny, that all men may read, runs the code of the Aryan race: 'Our women shall be guarded'; and a man of the white race may forget much--friends, duty, honor, but this he will not, he cannot forget." More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
1 Apr 16
p. 766.
MPN
8 Apr 16
p. 2064.
MPW
15 Apr 16
pp. 368-69.
MPW
29 Apr 16
p. 868.
NYDM
1 Apr 16
p. 28.
Variety
24 Mar 16
p. 28.
Wid's
30 Mar 16
p. 474.
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 March 1916
Copyright Claimants:
Triangle Film Corp. Triangle Film Corp.
Copyright Dates:
9 April 1916 13 April 1916
Copyright Numbers:
LU10843 LP8062
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After years of labor, miner Steve Denton gathers up his fortune and sets out to visit his ailing mother. He is detained, however, in the town of Yellow Ridge, where a dance hall girl named Trixie not only cheats him of his gold, but also conceals a message wired to him from his dying mother. Learning the next day that his mother is dead, Steve kills Trixie's lover and then drags the dance hall girl into the desert, where he assumes the leadership of a band of Indian and Mexican bandits. Two years later, a caravan of Mississippi farmers, lost in the desert, appeals to Steve for help, but he refuses. That night, one of the settlers, little Mary Jane, visits him secretly to plead their cause and express her belief that no white man would refuse to protect a woman in distress. Deeply moved, Steve guides the caravan out of the desert and then resumes his ... +


After years of labor, miner Steve Denton gathers up his fortune and sets out to visit his ailing mother. He is detained, however, in the town of Yellow Ridge, where a dance hall girl named Trixie not only cheats him of his gold, but also conceals a message wired to him from his dying mother. Learning the next day that his mother is dead, Steve kills Trixie's lover and then drags the dance hall girl into the desert, where he assumes the leadership of a band of Indian and Mexican bandits. Two years later, a caravan of Mississippi farmers, lost in the desert, appeals to Steve for help, but he refuses. That night, one of the settlers, little Mary Jane, visits him secretly to plead their cause and express her belief that no white man would refuse to protect a woman in distress. Deeply moved, Steve guides the caravan out of the desert and then resumes his wanderings. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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