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Most of the scenes in this film were shot in Mexico. The film contained actual scenes of fighting. According to one review, although advertising for the film said that the central character was Pancho Villa, there was no mention of Villa's name in the film itself. This film was probably a re-issued or re-edited version of The Life of General Villa , released in May 1914 by Mutual. A contemporary news item refers to the film's title as being The Outlaw's Revenge in the Dawn of a New Republic . The battle footage in this film may have been shot for the 1914 documentary The Battle of Torreon , which, according to modern sources, was shot by Raoul ... More Less

Most of the scenes in this film were shot in Mexico. The film contained actual scenes of fighting. According to one review, although advertising for the film said that the central character was Pancho Villa, there was no mention of Villa's name in the film itself. This film was probably a re-issued or re-edited version of The Life of General Villa , released in May 1914 by Mutual. A contemporary news item refers to the film's title as being The Outlaw's Revenge in the Dawn of a New Republic . The battle footage in this film may have been shot for the 1914 documentary The Battle of Torreon , which, according to modern sources, was shot by Raoul Walsh. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
17 Apr 15
pp. 604-05, 634
Motog
24 Apr 15
p. 664.
MPN
17 Apr 15
p. 74.
MPW
2 Oct 15
p. 92.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Outlaw's Revenge in the Dawn of a New Republic
The Life of General Villa
Release Date:
15 April 1915
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Mexico, a humble peon has great difficulty retaining his small farm because of the greediness of those controlling the government. While he is in another town, two federal officials search for loot in his cottage and attack his two sisters. The eldest, lame from birth, shoots herself rather than succumb to their lust. Her fourteen-year-old sister loses her mind and dies after telling her brother what occurred. The peon vows vengeance and is branded an outlaw by the frightened officials. After he escapes from jail with the help of an old family servant, he is aided in eluding his pursuers by Americans traveling in a covered wagon. Years later, the outlaw, now the commander-in-chief of the Constitutionalist Army, wins many victories and kills one of the officials who attacked his sisters. When he learns that the Americans who helped him are in trouble, he leads a cavalry charge to rescue their wagon train from being attacked by revolutionists. He recognizes one of the attackers as the other official and is about to exact vengeance as the film ... +


In Mexico, a humble peon has great difficulty retaining his small farm because of the greediness of those controlling the government. While he is in another town, two federal officials search for loot in his cottage and attack his two sisters. The eldest, lame from birth, shoots herself rather than succumb to their lust. Her fourteen-year-old sister loses her mind and dies after telling her brother what occurred. The peon vows vengeance and is branded an outlaw by the frightened officials. After he escapes from jail with the help of an old family servant, he is aided in eluding his pursuers by Americans traveling in a covered wagon. Years later, the outlaw, now the commander-in-chief of the Constitutionalist Army, wins many victories and kills one of the officials who attacked his sisters. When he learns that the Americans who helped him are in trouble, he leads a cavalry charge to rescue their wagon train from being attacked by revolutionists. He recognizes one of the attackers as the other official and is about to exact vengeance as the film ends. +

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