One of Nature's Noblemen (1911)

A country dance is interrupted by two cowboys who dash in fighting. A girl is the cause, and she rushes between them to break up the hostilities. They are then hurried out by the boys, who ... See full summary »


Francis Boggs


Francis Boggs


Cast overview:
Hobart Bosworth ... John Henley - One of Nature's Noblemen
Tom Santschi ... Clay Brown (as W.T. Santschi)
Frank Richardson Frank Richardson ... The Town Marshal
Eugenie Besserer ... Minnie Brown
Baby Lillian Wade ... Clay's Baby


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A country dance is interrupted by two cowboys who dash in fighting. A girl is the cause, and she rushes between them to break up the hostilities. They are then hurried out by the boys, who endeavor to effect a reconciliation, but they fail and Clay goes away. A month later the girl and Clay are married. Four years elapse and we are introduced to Clay's little girl. They live in an isolated place, and Clay has gone to the settlement for supplies. The baby watches her father until he is out of sight, then wanders on alone in search of him. Even the four years have not served to make Clay and his old-time rival friends, and this morning as they meet upon the trail, Clay, as usual, refuses to speak. Riding along, Clay runs into a band of Apaches, and he beats a hasty retreat, followed by the Indians. He overtakes John, and warns him of their danger. A stray shot hits Clay, causing him to fall from his horse unnoticed by John who, when he discovers the riderless horse beside him, rushes ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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People generally admire such a strong, positive and noble character
7 March 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A picture worthy of special mention from the fact that it is a presentation of the strength of character possible in many a person and which the usual dramatist seems to ignore. Weakness, pitiable weakness, seems to be the ordinary characteristic of the average persons usually portrayed. This weakness is too often drawn into a sinful setting with painful consequence, the writers flattering themselves that they have taught a moral lesson if they present the direful effects of wrongdoing. Negative lessons of that kind are always poor. In "One of Nature's Noblemen," the positive nature with a strong character is vigorously presented, a man strong enough to congratulate his more successful rival in love, with an admirable scorn of jealousy and revenge, is a noble yet surely not an uncommon type. In later years, delivering his former rival from great danger and single-handed rescuing his stolen child from a band of Indians, this "nobleman" proves himself animated by principles above the average, and which ought not to be uncommon. The applause which the play receives shows how people generally admire such a strong, positive and noble character. In its particular line, this is one of the best presented for some time; it is educational in its teaching of true human nature, and will do much to show the value of sterling character and manliness; may it find many others of a similar nature following it to the exclusion of those of a contrary idea. - The Moving Picture World, July 15, 1911

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30 May 1911 (USA) See more »

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