The Sergeant's Boy (1912)

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A typical sentimental early Western melodrama, this two-reeler starred Harold Lockwood as an army sergeant who adopts an orphan boy. In battle, the boy heroically saves the day for the cavalry, only to die in the arms of his adopted father. The "boy" was played by 25-year-old Shorty Hamilton, a diminutive performer from Chicago who would later star in his own Western two-reelers. In his inimitable way, producer Thomas H. Ince assumed full responsibility for The Sergeant's Boy, although the film was actually directed by Reginald Barker.