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A Girl of the Timber Claims (1917)

Jess Vance and her father are homesteaders in the Northwest. For some time land-frauds "engineered" by a "ring" controlled by Senator Hoyle have been going on. Francis Ames, a lawyer, is ... See full summary »


Paul Powell


Mary H. O'Connor (story "The Girl Homesteader")




Cast overview:
Constance Talmadge ... Jessie West
Allan Sears Allan Sears ... Francis Ames (as A.D. Sears)
Clyde E. Hopkins Clyde E. Hopkins ... Bob Mullen (as Clyde Hopkins)
Beau Byrd Beau Byrd ... Cora Abbott
Wilbur Higby Wilbur Higby ... Senator Hoyle
Bennie Schumann Bennie Schumann ... Eddie Stanley (as Bennie Schuman)
Joseph Singleton ... Leather Hermit
F.A. Turner ... Jess's Father
Margaret Talmadge ... Mrs. Kiesey (as Mrs. Talmadge)
Charles Lee Charles Lee ... A Homesteader


Jess Vance and her father are homesteaders in the Northwest. For some time land-frauds "engineered" by a "ring" controlled by Senator Hoyle have been going on. Francis Ames, a lawyer, is sent by the government to investigate. The homesteaders endeavor to see Ames, but by the manipulation of Senator Hoyle are prevented from doing so, and they feel that Ames has double-crossed them. Jess boasts bravely of what she would do if she found one of the "dummies" on her claim. Ames learns that one of Hoyle's henchmen has arranged to send dummies to the timberland to "establish a residence" and cinch the ring's claim to the township where Jess lives. Ames stating that he is going east, follows the dummies. Jess meets Ames on her claim and orders him off. He refuses to leave and at the expiration of three days Jess again orders him off, and when he still refuses she shoots him, inflicting only a slight wound. Meantime his secretary, Stanley, meets Cora Abbott, a former friend of Ames. She ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A Story of a Primordial Girl Who Plays a Man's Game in a Woman's Way.







Release Date:

11 February 1917 (USA) See more »

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A Girl of the Timberclaims See more »

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Fine Arts Film Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The story as told is vague and purposeless
1 February 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

"The Girl of the Timber Claims" tries to tell it all in the title. There is a girl on a timber claim, which some political schemers try to steal, and Constance Talmadge is the girl. She shoots one of them, only to discover in the end that he is a government inspector instead of a "claim jumper," and she embraces him in the end. To tell this story a great many characters are introduced, some children and a kitten. So many side paths are followed that the main interest suffers, as it always must when the screen presentation is purely reflective of what has been told on the stage or in a novel. The author has failed utterly to grasp the necessity of straight line construction, with as few side paths as possible. The screen is not an illustrator, its art principles are only akin to those of the drama and printed fiction, with an individuality all their own. The story as told is vague and purposeless, almost a blind alley, beginning nowhere and leading to nothing of definite importance. Stripped of its side issues and more cleverly told it might make a good two-reel story. – The Moving Picture World, February 3, 1917

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