The Conspiracy of Pontiac

The Conspiracy of Pontiac
R: Sidney Olcott. Based on: “The Conspiracy of Pontiac” by Francis Parkman (1851). D: Gene Gauntier, Robert G. Vignola, Jack J. Clark, Arthur Donaldson. P: Kalem Company. USA 1910
Print: EYE
Dutch and German intertitles

“The story, which is well known to every school child, is taken from Parkman‘s History and is presented without alteration or embellishment, and in the number of people employed and in the character or the scenic mountings is by long odds the greatest Indian production yet offered under the Kalem trade-mark. It will be remembered that Major Gladwynn, Commandant of Fort Detroit in 1763, had declared his love for a young Indian girl and she had become much attached to him. At this period Pontiac was at the height of his power and had sent emissaries about the villages of the Ottawas inciting war against the whites. The final plan involved the entry to the fort of a number of picked chieftains, each carrying a shortened gun beneath his blanket. The mission was ostensibly to be one of peace, but at a signal from Pontiac the chieftains were to drop their blankets and to massacre the whites. However, Major Gladwynn was informed of the plot by the Indian girl and when Pontiac presented himself with his delegation on his treacherous mission, Major Gladwynn was well prepared and the fort was saved.

Throughout this story is woven a love romance involving an Indian girl and Lady Jane Amherst, a young English girl visiting the fort at the time. The Conspiracy of Pontiac is so accurately and beautifully done that it will stand for a long time as an Indian classic and will unquestionably appeal very strongly to the school authorities as an educational subject worthy of close study.”
Moving Picture World synopsis

Another 1910 Olcott western:

The Navajo’s Bride
R: Sidney Olcott. D: Gene Gauntier. P: Kalem. USA 1910
Print: EYE

“A Navajo chief chooses a man for his daughter — the IMDb says it’s Gene Gauntier, while the Eye Institute, which has posted a copy of the film to its site on Youtube, says it’s Jane Wolfe — by having three suitors run a footrace; apparently every Navajo wants to have a son-in-law who’s a field and track star. The winner is not the girl’s daughter. When her horse is stolen, though, the equation changes in this Kalem short film. Director Sidney Olcott apparently figured that this variation on the sort of fairy tale in which a king offers his daughter and half his kingdom for a knight who will accomplish some task, would appeal to the movie audience. It’s adequately written and acted for the era, although Kalem’s competitors were changing the standards rapidly. The camera-work is up to the high standards of Kalem’s unnamed directors of photography.”
IMDb (boblipton)