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Mexican Filibusterers (1911)

Our story opens in the office of the Mexican junta in a Texas town, not many miles from the border, presided over by M. Oliverez, supposedly the agent for the Mexican-American Fruit Co. ... See full summary »

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Kenean Buel
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Carlyle Blackwell ... Pedro
Alice Joyce ... Blanca
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Our story opens in the office of the Mexican junta in a Texas town, not many miles from the border, presided over by M. Oliverez, supposedly the agent for the Mexican-American Fruit Co. Pedro, a young Mexican attached to the Junta, is in love with Blance, the agent's daughter. Arrangements have been made to run a quantity of fire arms and ammunition across the line to the Mexican insurgents. In loading a freight care with the contraband every patriot thereabouts takes off his coat and works with a will, all except Monte. Oliverez coming on the scene and finding everyone working but Monte, upbraids the lazy fellow and threatens to strike him. This arouses the revengeful spirit of Monte; he sneaks away and advises the American authorities that the Mexican filibusterers are attempting to rush fire arms across the border. Although compelled to act on the information furnished by him the Secret Service man are disgusted with the traitor and look upon him with contempt. In the meantime ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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This one packs quite a few surprises.
29 July 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This short can be found in the recently released DVD collection "Treasures of the West"---a collection of mostly short films from the earliest days of movies until 1938. It's quite unusual because it is an American film that is very sympathetic to the Mexican uprising that began shortly before the film was made. For the most part, Americans wanted the US to stay out of the affair and only cared that some Mexicans (such as the troops of Pancho Villa) made incursions into the US but the people who made the film felt otherwise. In fact, the bad guys in this film are with the US government!

The film begins with Mr. Alvarez and Pedro receiving a coded message to transport weapons across the border to aid in the Mexican Revolution. However, the evil Monte refuses to help is obviously a jerk--though no one takes much notice of him. This is a big mistake, as he soon becomes a traitor and approaches the US Secret Service to betray his supposed friends (boo, hiss!).

For the most part, the film is a bit surprising not only because it is pro-Mexican Revolution, but because it portrays the Mexicans (aside from Monte) positively--as well as showing an amazingly spunky woman. For this reason, the film is pretty interesting and worth your time. Not a brilliant film but a good one from this early silent era. The only real negative is that the very end of the film seems missing, as it ends very abruptly--though it's well after the plot has concluded.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1911 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA

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Production Co:

Kalem Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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