The Lost Treasures of the West: The Lone Rider/The Battle/The Battle at Elderbush Gulch [DVD]
- SKU: 19137731
- Release Date: 03/29/2011
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- The Battle
- The Battle at Elderbush Gulch
The sixth of seven Western "featurettes" produced by William Pizor, The Lone Rider was created to capitalize on Silver King, a horse formerly belonging to '20s cowboy star Fred Thomson. Silver King's "leading man" in this series was Wally Wales, yet another silent screen Western hero, albeit a minor one. The two come to the rescue of prospector Fred Parker and his daughter (Marla Bratton), whose mine is wanted by outlaws Franklyn Farnum, Sherry Tansey, and Barney Beasley. At 27 minutes, The Lone Rider was the longest of the seven Silver King "featurettes." The series was written by Al Lane, himself a former B-Western hero, photographed by Brydon Baker, and edited by Arthur Cohen. It was distributed by Gower Gulch company Imperial as a supplement to low-budget Western features. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi
The Battle at Elderbush Gulch
A besieged blockhouse containing a frightened Lillian Gish, marauding Indians, and a Mexican who heroically brings the cavalry to the rescue, are the none-too-original components of D.W. Griffith's endurable 2-reeler The Battle at Elderbush Gulch, made during the director's final year with Biograph. Griffith called the film his finest up to that time, and he might very well have been correct. It was, one could say, all in the editing, which here builds to a crescendo of excitement as Gish is rescued in the nick of time. Timeworn, yes, but the master knew what he was doing and demanded longer pictures in which to do it. The old-fashioned Biograph refused, and Griffith walked, taking with him the stars of "Elderbush Gulch": Mae Marsh, Gish and Robert Harron. They all reunited the following year for the director's masterpiece, the 12-reel The Birth of a Nation. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Franklin Farnum
- Fred Parker
- James Sheridan
- Wally Wales
- Marla Bratton