A False Friend (1913)

Tom Morton, in love with Elsie, is unaware that his friend, Jack Winters, also loves her and is trying to win her away from him. While out riding one day, Tom sees a little Indian child ... See full summary »

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Wilbert Melville
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Carl von Schiller Carl von Schiller ... Tom Morton
Henry King ... Jack Winters - the False Friend
Dorothy Davenport ... Elsie
Irene Hunt ... Escita
Joseph Holland Joseph Holland ... Sancho
Louis Reyes Louis Reyes ... The Child
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Tom Morton, in love with Elsie, is unaware that his friend, Jack Winters, also loves her and is trying to win her away from him. While out riding one day, Tom sees a little Indian child playing with a rattlesnake. He shoots the rattler and thereby gains the gratitude of the child's mother. Returning to her hut with the child, the mother is beaten by her husband, Sancho, while he is in a drunken frenzy and she, swearing vengeance, follows him with a gun. In the meantime Tom and Sancho meet and have an altercation. As Tom draws his gun, the squaw shoots from ambush and Sancho drops dead. Men rushing out of the store find Tom with his gun drawn and he is accused of the murder. Jack who has been attracted by the queer action of the squaw, follows her and witnesses the firing of the shot, but remains silent, planning to have Tom convicted of the murder and thereby winning Elsie. The day before the trial, Jack frightens the squaw into leaving by telling her that she is suspected of the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1913 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Somewhat better than the usual run
27 August 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A melodrama somewhat better than the usual run. It deals with the rough doings of rough people in the West and gets its measure of strength from the natural way it is acted, more than from its story. For, by melodramatic license, this is not subservient to the truth of life, at least not at its climaxes. The heroine is personable and the piteous Indian mother excites our sympathy and this also helps a good deal. The photography is clear. As an offering to the public, it will be popular; there were some near us whose attention was held very strongly by it. The author and producer is Wilbert Melville. Carl von Schiller is the hero; Henry King, the villain; Dorothy Davenport, the heroine; and Irene Hunt, the Indian woman. - The Moving Picture World, April 19, 1913


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