Outpost in Malaya (1908)

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According to the trade magazine Variety, the early D. W. Griffith effort The Planter's Wife was inspired by a stage melodrama by Theodore Kremer. Tired of the boredom of plantation life, the title character (played by Florence Lawrence) is lured away from her husband by a handsome stranger. The woman's younger sister gets wind of the stranger's plans, and to prevent her older sibling from making a tragic mistake, the girl decides to go to the rescue. Disguising herself as a boy, the kid sister pretends to be a bandit, holding up her sister and her lover during their elopement. The lover struggles with the masquerading sister, whereupon the older sister, seeing through the girl's disguise, grabs a pistol and wounds her erstwhile sweetheart. The two sisters embrace, whereupon the planter's wife agrees to return to her husband, who has no idea of what's been going on for the past reel or so.

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boredom, damsel-in-distress, extramarital-affair, impersonation, outlaw [Western], rescue, sister