The Sheriff of Stone Gulch (1913)

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In this rare, surviving one-reel Western from the pioneering Kalem company, Ruth Roland's fiancé, Dick (George Larkin), is falsely accused of robbing a bank, a dirty deed actually committed by one Black McCarty. Roland helps Dick escape and later supplies him with a weapon, but her irate father, the sheriff, must be put out of action -- by his own handcuffs as it turns out -- before the villain can be captured and peace restored. Ruth Roland was Kalem's premiere action heroine from 1909 to 1915, earning 100 dollars a week for starring in close to 200 split- and one-reel comedy-melodramas, many of them, like this one, Westerns. Surviving title cards offer no identification of Miss Roland's co-stars in The Sheriff of Stone Gulch, but the supporting cast usually included leading man George Larkin, director Marshall Neilan, comedian John E. Brennan, and character players Jack McDermott and John Young. The little film was photographed in the hills above Santa Monica, CA, with what is today the Pacific Coast Highway quite visible in a couple of scenes.