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The Ranch Girl's Trial (1912)

Short | Short, Western

Pepita, proprietress of the town dance hall, is loved by Big Moose, an Indian. Jake Harding, a worthless cowpuncher, also pretends love for Pepita in order to get an occasional drink of free whiskey. Big Moose swears to kill Harding, and ...See morePepita, proprietress of the town dance hall, is loved by Big Moose, an Indian. Jake Harding, a worthless cowpuncher, also pretends love for Pepita in order to get an occasional drink of free whiskey. Big Moose swears to kill Harding, and is only prevented from carrying out his treat by Pepita. A dance is now scheduled for the town hall and pretty Millie Farnum, of the Three 6 ranch, is invited to go by her sweetheart, Dave Price. That afternoon Harding finds Millie alone, asks her to be his partner for the dance and, when she refuses, attempts to steal a kiss. Breaking from his arms the infuriated girl secures a revolver from the ranch house, but is seen by Dave who questions her and learns the truth. That night, in the crowded dance hall, the old Virgins reel is in full progress when Pepita goes to the barroom for refreshments. A moment later Jake Harding enters and has Pepita in his arms when they are discovered by Big Moose who kills Harding with Millie's revolver which is lying on the bar. Pepita assists Big Moose to escape and places Millie's revolver on the floor beside the body. Determined to save himself Big Moose summons the sheriff, who arrives in time to find Millie standing over the dead body with the gun in her hand. The innocent girl is accused of the crime, is brought to trial and is about to be convicted when Pepita, unable to endure the tortures of her guilty conscience, springs forward and confesses Big Moose's guilt. The old judge is just about to dismiss court when Dave, with Millie in his arms, declares that they wish to be married. The ceremony is performed and all ends happily. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Updated Oct 26, 1912

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Oct 26, 1912 (United States)

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Evelyn Selbie
Pepita, the Mexican Girl Pepita, the Mexican Girl   See fewer
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Fred Church
Big Moose Big Moose   See fewer
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Brinsley Shaw
Jake Harding Jake Harding   See fewer
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Beth Taylor
Millie Farnum, the Ranch Girl Millie Farnum, the Ranch Girl   See fewer
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Arthur Mackley
The Judge The Judge   See fewer
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Harry Todd
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