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The Lone Star Rush
Director: Edmund Mitchell (Dir)
Release Date:   Mar 1915
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Mae Gaston (Hilda)  
    Robert Frazer    
    Charles Arling    
    Rupert Julian    

Summary: Harry Murray saves an old prospector named Rhodda from dying of thirst in the Australian desert, and in gratitude, Rhodda promises the young man a share of his rich claim. The treasure map, however, is stolen by the villainous Potosi Jim, who sends his partner Blaxland for money to develop the claim while he searches for the gold. Rhodda dies of shock, after which Harry, accompanied by his brother Jack, sets out in pursuit of Potosi Jim. Blaxland returns to the goldfields with the wealthy Colonel Baylor, a capitalist named Cuthbert and Cuthbert's pretty daughter Hilda. Through a trick, Potosi Jim beats Harry and Jack to the claim, whereupon the two brothers continue their own search for gold. Aided by a map found near a skeleton in the desert, they discover a deposit of placer gold so immense that it starts a new gold rush in the area. Potosi Jim and Blaxland find that their mine is worthless, while Harry wins fame, fortune and the undying love of Hilda. 

Production Company: Climax Co.  
Distribution Company: Alliance Films Corp.  
Director: Edmund Mitchell (Dir)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the novel The Lone Star Rush by Edmund Mitchell (London, 1902).
Authors: Edmund Mitchell

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Climax Co., Inc. 20/1/1915 dd/mm/yyyy LU4259

Physical Properties: b&w:
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Genre: Drama
 
Subjects (Major): Deserts
  Greed
  Mine claims
  Prospectors
 
Subjects (Minor): Australia
  Brothers
  Duplicity
  Gold mines
  Gold rushes
  Maps
  Theft

Note: Many of the exterior scenes were filmed in the Mojave Desert, CA. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Motog   3 Apr 15   p. 548.
MPN   20 Mar 15   p. 39, 70
MPN   17 Apr 15   p. 78.
MPW   28 Aug 15   p. 50.
MPW   17 Apr 15   p. 398.

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