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The Goddess of Sagebrush Gulch (1912)

The Goddess, the prettiest and best natured girl that ever graced that little mining town, meets the tenderfoot prospector and leaves him another worshiper of her. His chances, however, are... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


Bret Harte (novel), Stanner E.V. Taylor


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Cast overview:
Blanche Sweet ... The Goddess
Charles West Charles West ... Blue Grass Pete
Dorothy Bernard ... The Goddess's Sister
W. Chrystie Miller ... The Goddess's Father
Charles Hill Mailes ... Blue Grass Pete's Pal
Harry Hyde Harry Hyde ... The Tenderfoot Prospector


The Goddess, the prettiest and best natured girl that ever graced that little mining town, meets the tenderfoot prospector and leaves him another worshiper of her. His chances, however, are slim for Blue-grass Pete has won her affections, he having at an opportune moment saved her from the fangs of a snake which was about to attack her. Pete, however, is weak and is fascinated by the Goddess' sister, who visits her. He later gives the sister his savings to keep. The Goddess, heartbroken over the loss of her sweetheart, is now sure they will be married and determines to leave. Pete's pal, knowing of the girl having the savings, plans to steal them. The Goddess overhears the plot, but her sorrow having left her in a vengeful spirit, she makes no effort to secure aid. Later her better nature asserts itself, and securing aid, she and the miners arrive in time to save her sister from a horrible death, for Pete's pal had been recognized by the girl and had tied her to a post in the cabin. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Romance | Western







Release Date:

25 March 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Featured in Flicker Flashbacks No. 3, Series 2 (1945) See more »

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Griffith Gets Sweet on West
18 December 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

On an opportunistic walk in the country, Blanche Sweet encounters a snake, and is rescued by dashing Charles West; the two are mutually attracted, and begin courting. Mr. West is Ms. Sweet's ideal. Then, trouble arrives from the city, in the form of Dorothy Bernard, Sweet's visiting sister. Introducing Ms. Bernard to a pal doesn't work; and, she sets her sights on her sister's beau. Soon, it's West and Bernard strolling in the country; and, Sweet is devastated…

Director D.W. Griffith employs the "classic love triangle" very well; with Sweet, West, and Bernard playing the roles perfectly. Of course, the characters are placed in the expected danger situation, which is suspensefully staged and directed. While this may not be the most innovative Griffith, it's definitely a crosscutting cut above your average early 1900s film.

****** The Goddess of Sagebrush Gulch (3/25/12) D.W. Griffith ~ Blanche Sweet, Dorothy Bernard, Charles West

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