THE ALAMO (1915 version)
THE ALAMO  (1915 version)
Product Code: THEALAMO1915
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Silent movie version. The story of the defense of the mission-turned-fortress by 185 Texans against an overwhelming Mexican army in 1836. Some of the acting and characters in this film are rather amusing for 1915. James Bowie and Davy Crockett are played like a buddy duo from their introduction, and Paget (he also played Prince Belshazzar in "Intolerance") and Sears (also good in "Sold for Marriage"), as two of the better character actors of their day, never over-dramatized their parts. Long, however, hammed his part the most, which I think helps to deflect some of the inaccuracies and bigotry of the film. In addition to having played the Mexican leader Santa Anna here, Long played Gus in "The Birth of a Nation", the black villain who tried to rape Mae Marsh's childlike character. As Santa Anna, Long seems to have relished using broad gestures and grimacing his face. The title cards even make his character more over-the-top, especially one that describes him thusly, "An inveterate drug fiend, the Dictator of Mexico also famous for his shameful orgies."

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