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What Early Silent Western Movie Am I?

These are all well known Early Silent Western movies.
I will give you some information and you pick the correct Western.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Take 2 points for each right answer.  Maximum this page: 20 points!

1) It is an 1894 American 16-second black and white silent film shot in Thomas Edison's Black Maria studio. The film was made at the same time as Edison's Sioux Ghost Dance.  It is one of the earliest films made featuring American Indians.  In this film, produced by William K. L. Dickson with William Heise as cinematographer, three Sioux warriors named Hair Coat, Parts His Hair and Last Horse dance in a circle and two other Native Americans sit behind them and accompany them with drums.  According to the Edison catalog, the actors were "genuine Sioux Indians, in full war paint and war costumes."  They were also apparently veterans of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show.
What Early Silent Western Movie Am I?

  1. Annie Oakley

  2. Buffalo Bill

  3. Buffalo Dance

  4. Sioux Ghost Dance

2) It is a 1903 western film by Edwin S. Porter. Twelve minutes long, it is considered a milestone in film making, expanding on Porter's previous work Life of an American Fireman. The film used a number of innovative techniques including cross cutting, double exposure composite editing, camera movement and on location shooting. Cross-cuts were a new, sophisticated editing technique. Some prints were also hand colored in certain scenes. The film uses simple editing techniques (each scene is a single shot) and the story is mostly linear (with only a few "meanwhile" moments), but it represents a significant step in movie making, being one of the first "narrative" movies of significant length. It was quite successful in theaters and was imitated many times.  The movie was directed and photographed by Edwin S. Porter, a former Edison Studios cameraman. Actors in the movie included A. C. Abadie, Broncho Billy Anderson and Justus D. Barnes, although there were no credits. Though a Western, it was filmed in New Jersey. The film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
What Early Silent Western Movie Am I?

  1. Prairie Emigrant Train Crossing the Plains

  2. Stage Hold-Up

  3. Western Card Game

  4. The Great Train Robbery

3. Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson directed this 1 min black and white silent film. As a result of a stagecoach hold-up and other crimes, Buck Brady has become known locally as the "King of Bandits". The sheriff posts a $1000 reward for Brady, dead or alive. Soon a full-scale effort is underway to capture the bandit king. It was filmed in Golden, Colorado. The release date is June 29, 1907.
What Early Silent Western Movie Am I?

  1. The Bandit King

  2. Le Desperado

  3. The Girl from Montana

  4. Pony Express

4) It was a 1909 American silent short western directed by Francis Boggs and Otis Turner.  The film starred Tom Mix, Mac Barnes and William Garwood.  It was the debut film of actor William Garwood.  It was released October 21, 1909.
What Early Silent Western Movie Am I?

  1. The Cowboy Millionaire

  2. The House of Cards

  3. The Red Man's View

  4. Anchor Ranch

5) This is a 1909 Western film directed by D. W. Griffith. Prints of the film exist in the film archives of the Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress. The running time is 11 minutes. The cast includes Owen Moore, James Kirkwood, Kate Bruce, Charles Craig, Frank Evans, Edith Haldeman, Ruth Hart, Arthur V. Johnson, Henry Lehrman, W. Chrystie Miller, George Nichols, Anthony O'Sullivan, Alfred Paget, Lottie Pickford, Billy Quirk, Mack Sennett, Charles West, and Dorothy West. It was released December 9, 1909.
What Early Silent Western Movie Am I?

  1. The Cowboy Millionaire

  2. The House of Cards

  3. The Red Man's View

  4. Anchor Ranch

6) Director D.W. Griffith discovered the little village (Hollywood) on his trips to California and decided to shoot there because of the beautiful scenery and friendly people. For years the first film thought shot in Hollywood was Cecil B. DeMille's feature film The Squaw Man (1914). Griffith's movie is a silent movie filmed in 1910. It was the first movie shot in Hollywood, California. It was directed by D. W. Griffith of the Biograph Company (then based in New York, New York). The film is a melodrama about the Mexican era of California. The Running time 17 minutes and it was released on March 10, 1910.
What Early Silent Western Movie Am I?

  1. Appeal of the Prairie

  2. In Old California

  3. The Indian Scout's Vengeance

  4. The Pilgrim

7) The movie is about a wanted cattle thief risks imprisonment when he tries to help a sick rancher and his daughter.  He takes the man into town to see a doctor, and he is recognized and arrested.  The movie is written, directed and star Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson. It was released July 30, 1910.  It was filmed in Chicago, IL and El Paso, TX.  It was an Essanay Film Manufacturing Company production.
What Early Silent Western Movie Am I?

  1. Cowboy Justice

  2. Caught by Cowboys

  3. Circle C Ranch's Wedding Present

  4. Broncho Billy's Redemption

8) The is a 1911 short drama film directed by D. W. Griffith.  A print of the film survives in the film archive of the Museum of Modern Art.  When her father becomes ill, a young woman takes over the telegraph at a lonely western railroad station. She soon gets word that the next train will deliver the payroll for a mining company. The train brings not only the money, but a pair of ruffians bent on stealing it. All alone, she wires for help, and then holds off the bad guys until it arrives. It was filmed in Inglewood, California. It was released 23 March 23, 1911 with running time of 17 minutes. Mack Sennett wrote the script.
What Early Silent Western Movie Am I?

  1. The Abernathy Kids to the Rescue

  2. An Accidental Outlaw

  3. The Lonedale Operator

  4. Fighting Blood

9) This is a 1911 short silent Western film directed by D. W. Griffith, starring George Nichols and featuring Lionel Barrymore and Blanche Sweet.  A print of the film survives in the film archive of George Eastman House. It was released on June 29, 1911 with a running time or 18 minutes.  The movie takes place after the Civil War, an ex-soldier and his family settle in the Dakota Territory.  The son quarrels with the father and leaves home.  Riding in the hills, he spots a band of Indians attacking a neighboring homestead, and he races back to warn his family as the Indians chase him.
What Early Silent Western Movie Am I?

  1. The Abernathy Kids to the Rescue

  2. An Accidental Outlaw

  3. The Lonedale Operator

  4. Fighting Blood

10) Laurence Trimble directed this 1911 Western. Edward J. Montagne is the writer.  It was released on August 9, 1911. Tefft Johnson played Billy the Kid.
What Early Silent Western Movie Am I?

  1. Billy the Kid

  2. Bronco Bill, the Brave Cowboy

  3. The Cook of the Ranch

  4. The Immortal Alamo

What Early Silent Western Movie Am I?
[Answers]

1) C.  2) D.  3) A.  4) A.  5) C.  6) B.  7) D.  8) C.  9) D.  10) A.

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