The House of Cards (1909)

Run Time - 16 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Edison's House of Cards takes place Out West -- west of the Hudson River, that is. Sent to town with his boss' weekly payroll money, a young cowboy arrives to find that the bank has closed. He wanders into the local saloon, where he proceeds to lose all the cash in a card game. Desperately, he tries to retrieve the money by robbing the saloon but is prevented from doing so by the saloon-owner's daughter, with whom he is in love. She pleads with the sheriff to allow the cowboy to escape across the border, but the lawman won't hear of it. Instead, he suggests that a rattlesnake be allowed to mete out justice: If the snake bites the sheriff, the cowboy can go free, but if it bites the cowboy -- toooo bad.