A Mountain Wife (1910)

Film Index, November 5, 1910 review of the Melies film A MOUNTAIN WIFE


A Drama of Life in the Wilds of Tennessee
Excellently Portrayed By Melies

OF all the states in this country, Tennessee is the greatest one for moonshiners. In that state whole families live on this nefarious trade and many of them die by it, for the United States Revenue officers are ever on their trail. The drama opens with the scene of the mountain home of the moonshiner. We see him bidding his wife an affectionate farewell before starting to his illegal business. The love of these two seems to be intensified because they never knew from one day to the other how long they would be together, so closely was the moonshiner hounded. He went to his cave where we see the distilling apparatus in operation. He is followed there by Revenue officers who hold him at their pistol's end. The game seems to be up with him when a small boy, a friend of this loving couple, makes an odd noise in the woods which causes the Revenue officers to turn, and makes possible the moonshiner's escape. He goes to his mountain home, intending to get his wife and flee the country. But the officers arrive and he is forced to hide in a secret place, access to which is had by a trap door.

To save her husband, she lies. She swears that he has not been there, and the officers, after an examination of the house, depart. Everything seems now possible for their escape but they did not reckon on a young artist who in his zeal to have the husband put out of the way remained hidden in the household, and, when the latter reappeared, held him up at the revolver's point. This time the brave wife came to his rescue. She grabbed a pillow which she threw in the artist's face, thus confusing him and giving the husband a chance to obtain the revolver.

The tables are turned now. The artist was forced to board a train, while the husband once more can escape. When the coast is clear, she sends word for her husband to come back to the cabin, help pick up their belongings, to depart from the country and begin life anew.

The picture closes with a beautiful tableau of natural splendor; the escape of the man and his mountain wife to a place where they can work at an honest trade and live a good life, free from offense to God and man.

Film Index, November 5, 1910 ad for the Méliès film A MOUNTAIN WIFE, BIRTHDAY CIGARS and GENEROUS CUSTOMERS


NOV. 3, 1910
A comedy of an explosive box of cigars that makes the audience explode with laughter.

A comedy of surpassing merit.

Approximate Length 970 Feet

Nov. 10, 1910
A Drama of love and life of a mountain wife full of exciting episodes of danger and daring.

Approximate Length 980 Feet

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G. MELIES, 204 East 38th Street, New York City

NOTE: This film was produced in San Antonio, Texas.

with Francis Ford and Edith Storey. Directed by William Haddock. Melies / General Film.

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Public Domain Mark
This work (A Mountain Wife (1910), by Méliès Star Films), identified by Bruce Calvert, is free of known copyright restrictions.


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