Dawn of Freedom (1910)

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This Selig actioner concentrates on the Spanish American War, at that time only a dozen years or so in the past. Oddly, the film seems determined to re-ignite anti-Spanish sentiments amongst the moviegoers. This jingoism moved the critic for the trade magazine Variety to complain that Selig was beating a dead horse, noting that when the film opened in New York, only two of the patrons applauded the action on the screen. The reviewer further suggested that the studio stick to its westerns and avoid war pictures in the future. Evidently, the company took Variety's advice: its later output included the first Tom Mix-starring vehicles and the western classic The Spoilers.