Child of the Prairie (1915)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A rancher (Tom Mix) loses his wife (Louella Maxam) to a notorious gambler (E.J. Brady). Fifteen years later, now a sheriff, Mix saves a young girl (also Louella Maxam) from a runaway buckboard. The girl is his daughter, Ruth, lost in the woods years ago when his wife fled with her lover. Mix later apprehends the gambler -- now a wanted man -- and kills him in a gun duel. This early Mix Western from his days with the Selig Polyscope Co. not only casts Louella Maxam in a dual role as mother and daughter, but features the actress' real-life daughter, Norma Maxam, as the runaway child.

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cowboy, fortune [wealth], love, poverty