Lost for Many Years (1910)

Drama, Western | 13 May 1910

Director:

Fred J. Balshofer

Production Company:

Bison
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HISTORY

The 14 May 1910 Moving Picture World ran the following review: “A melodramatic picture connecting the nobility of England with the cowboys of the plains. It has some strong situations. Perhaps the best of them is where the mother puts together the torn letter and discovers that her son is still alive. The attempt to hold up the stage coach is exciting. Stages coaches have been held up through long years, but the clever management of a torn letter adds to the film’s interest. There is plenty of intrigue and action in this picture and it should be popular with audiences ... More Less

The 14 May 1910 Moving Picture World ran the following review: “A melodramatic picture connecting the nobility of England with the cowboys of the plains. It has some strong situations. Perhaps the best of them is where the mother puts together the torn letter and discovers that her son is still alive. The attempt to hold up the stage coach is exciting. Stages coaches have been held up through long years, but the clever management of a torn letter adds to the film’s interest. There is plenty of intrigue and action in this picture and it should be popular with audiences everywhere.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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Moving Picture News
7 May 1910
p. 10ts, 18tl, 20ta.
Moving Picture World
14 May 1910
p. 804ts, 805tl, 810ta.
Moving Picture World
21 May 1910
p. 842ta[PAR], 857tl[EMP].
Moving Picture World
28 May 1910
p. 889tr, 908tl[EAG].
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DETAILS
Release Date:
13 May 1910
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
990
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

“Lady Ramsden’s small boy, five years of age, is the only one who stands between Lord Ravenscroft and a vast estate. When he is unsuccessful in getting control of it through a marriage with Lady Ramsden, he engages the services of Saunders, the gardener, to get rid of the boy. Saunders accepts the money for the deed and carries the youngster off. They go to the west and little Lord Edward is deposited on the post-office steps, where he is discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Dobson, who take him into their home. The little chap is made much of by the cowboys and seems happy enough in his new surroundings. Fifteen years later, in a moment of contrition, Saunders writes home, telling Lady Ramsden where she can find her boy. When the letter reaches England it is delivered into the hands of Lord Ravenscroft, who, upon seeing the postmark, goes to a secluded nook and reads it. Lady Ramsden, secreted behind a tree, watches him destroy the epistle, and when he goes, gathers the pieces together. These she succeeds in joining and finds her son is living. Her joy is unbounded. Ravenscroft goes to Eagle Crag but is accorded no welcome. Knowing that Lady Ramsden is coming for her boy he plans a hold up of the stage coach. Saunders foils him here and Lady Ramsden is escorted in safety to the post-office, where she and her son are reunited.”—14 May 1910 Moving Picture World ... +


“Lady Ramsden’s small boy, five years of age, is the only one who stands between Lord Ravenscroft and a vast estate. When he is unsuccessful in getting control of it through a marriage with Lady Ramsden, he engages the services of Saunders, the gardener, to get rid of the boy. Saunders accepts the money for the deed and carries the youngster off. They go to the west and little Lord Edward is deposited on the post-office steps, where he is discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Dobson, who take him into their home. The little chap is made much of by the cowboys and seems happy enough in his new surroundings. Fifteen years later, in a moment of contrition, Saunders writes home, telling Lady Ramsden where she can find her boy. When the letter reaches England it is delivered into the hands of Lord Ravenscroft, who, upon seeing the postmark, goes to a secluded nook and reads it. Lady Ramsden, secreted behind a tree, watches him destroy the epistle, and when he goes, gathers the pieces together. These she succeeds in joining and finds her son is living. Her joy is unbounded. Ravenscroft goes to Eagle Crag but is accorded no welcome. Knowing that Lady Ramsden is coming for her boy he plans a hold up of the stage coach. Saunders foils him here and Lady Ramsden is escorted in safety to the post-office, where she and her son are reunited.”—14 May 1910 Moving Picture World +

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