Iola's Promise (1912)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Filmed during the Biograph Company's yearly winter excursion to sunny California, this one-reel Western melodrama features Mary Pickford in the title role, as an Indian maiden rescued from her cruel captors by prospector Alfred Paget. The Indians retaliate by capturing the young man's sweetheart, Dorothy Bernard, who is saved in the nick of time from being burned at the stake. Iola, alas, dies in the ensuing battle, but not before she can point the gallant prospector toward a hidden gold mine. This typical Indian melodrama, preserved in the paper print collection of the Library of Congress, was filmed in and around L.A. in January of 1912.