Packer Jim's Guardianship (1915)

Moving Picture World article on PACKER JIM'S GUARDIANSHIP (1915)

Moving Picture World, December 11, 1915, page 2024

Biographs of Good Quality

"Packer Jim's Guardianship" and "The Tides of Retribution" Are Among Coming Releases on Regular Program

Reviewed by Lynde Denig.

The first picture made by the Biograph players after establishing winter quarters in California as "Packer Jim's Guardianship," a two-reel adaption of a Roy Norton story.  Director Wray Physioc, whose productions have maintained a consistently high tone during recent months, may be credited with another emphatic success.  The picture presents an adequate tale of western life, in an artistic fashion, and it utilizes to the fine purpose one of the most likable llittle girls known to the screen.  In Zoe Bech, aged five years, the Biograph Company has a veritable treasure.  She is the heroine of this photoplay and it needs no other.

Zoe's first surprising exploit comes early in the opening reel when her father, a prospector, lies dying in his cabin.  Sent for a doctor, she climbs to the back of a horse and gallops off at a lively clip.  Presently she is pursued by a band of Indians, headed by Spike Robinson, and after a chase is snatched from the horse and carried by the Indian brave.  When the wounded Indian slips to the ground Zoe, nothing daunted, rides bareback until afriendly prospector comes to her assistance.  In addition to a fearless spirit, this siminutive actress possesses a winning personality free fro pertness or childish self-consciousness.

The kindly man who becomes the guardian of the homeless orphan and makes it his business to protect eh claim left by her father is sympathetically portrayed by Ivan Christy.  On of the touches in the picture certain to be appreciated by an audienc is the use made of a well trained burro that accompanies Mr. Christy on his wanderings.

with Ivan Christy and Zoe Ray (Bech).  Directed by Wray Physioc.  Biograph.

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