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A Life for a Kiss (1912)

Jim Richeson was a haunted man, but he smiled carelessly as he handled the sign offering a reward for his capture, dead or alive. He smiled again as he wheeled his horse and galloped off ... See full summary »

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Allan Dwan
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J. Warren Kerrigan ... Dick
Pauline Bush ... The Mountain Girl
Jack Richardson ... Jim Richeson
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Jim Richeson was a haunted man, but he smiled carelessly as he handled the sign offering a reward for his capture, dead or alive. He smiled again as he wheeled his horse and galloped off down the road, waving a satirical adieu to the posse. A pretty mountain girl with pail in hand, stood at the pump when Jim rode up. He took the pail from her, drank deeply, and then, as an afterthought, seized her and kissed her heartily. Then he leisurely mounted his horse and galloped off. Furious at the insult, the girl rushed for a gun, only to meet her lover, just as he rounded the bunkhouse. That person at once flew into a passion and gave hot chase to the vanishing bandit, vowing to have his life. Meanwhile, the girl, at the head of a posse, followed less swiftly. A royal battle took place in the mountains. Dick and Jim, sheltered behind the great rocks, tried every expedient known to the West in an effort to kill each other. Finally both exhausted their ammunition and crept forward to test ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1912 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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A Fair Swap
19 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Jack Richardson is fleeing on horseback from the posse. He stops at Pauline Bush's place to grab a bucket of water, and a kiss from the girl. Then it's back to fleeing from the posse, while Miss Bush straps on some six-guns to make him pay for what he stole from her.

It's one of the innumerable western shorts that Alan Dwan shot for American Film's western company in the first two or three years of his directing career. Almost from the beginning he seemed to know how to compose for the camera, and his manner of directing seemed to get the most out of able actors. Even more, he knew how to tell a story visually, and to figure out how to pace it for editing. Look at the easy back-and-forth scenes of Richardson and pursuing J. Warren Kerrigan to demonstrate the cutting that still seemed a mystery to everyone but D.W. Griffith and Sennett's editor.


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