Sweeter Than Revenge


This film of 1915 is the best surviving example of the one-reel eastern-westerns made at Betzwood. It is packed with fast moving action and the dramatic scenes of saloons burning, cowboys riding, miners blowing themselves up, and frontier gals tearing each others’ hair out, take place on long-vanished Port Kennedy streets, the Valley Forge Park quarries, and sets that stood on the Betzwood lot. Indian Creek, which emptied into the Schuylkill River just beyond the boundaries of the Betzwood lot was also used as a backdrop for one scene. Most of the cast were long time Lubin stars who appeared in many films.

The portrayal of the Native Americans who come to the rescue of the female lead goes beyond cartoonish and contrasts with the use of genuine Native Americans in other films.

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