An Adventure on the Mexican Border (1913)

Esta cinta tuvo un publicidad exhaustiva con varios anuncios donde la Lubin Co. promovía sus películas. Pero vayamos en estricto orden cronológico.

Iniciamos con la revista Motography del 1 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. IX, No. 5, pp. 174-175) donde, caso raro, incluyen los intérpretes:

Two Reel Film of Mexican Border

A two-reel story coming at an opportune time, is the Lubin release of March 15, entitled “An Adventure on the Mexican Border.” It was written, produced and acted in, by Romaine Fielding. On the United States side of the line dividing Mexico from the United States, the United States soldiers are camped, with a view of protecting the international line and the citizens of the United States. Fifty yards on the other side, the Mexican soldiers are camped to do likewise for their country. One of the bright-eyed señoritas of the southern race captivates two officers, one a captain of her own nationality, the other a lieutenant belonging to Uncle Sam.

Motography del 15 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. IX, No. 6, p. 10)
Motography del 15 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. IX, No. 6, p. 10)

Both of these men, true and staunch in war and love, have a silent battle to gain the lady’s hand. The captain of the Mexican troops, being the older of the two, wins the maid by his quiet love and kindness. The irrepressible United States trooper tries to take the senorita’s heart by storm, but is repelled. On the spur of the moment, to punish his rival, the lieutenant tells a falsehood to his commanding officer, and nearly causes international complications; but after analyzing the situation, the lieutenant rises above all personal feelings and delivers the captain from jail, returns him to his fiancé across the line, and goes back to take his place and await his punishment.

The parts are taken as follows:

Romaine Fielding (a soldier of Mexico); Robyn Adair (A soldier of the United States);  Mary E. Ryan (the señorita); Eleanor Mason (her friend); Richard Wangemann (her father); Lieutenant Rudd (Captain of U. S. troops); Moritz Cytror (U. S. private); Henry Alrich (Mexican lieutenant).

Motography del 1 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. IX, No. 5, p. 6)
On the Mexican border line troops are camped. A señorita captivates two officers, one a Mexican Captain, whom she favors and the other a U. S. Lieutenant. The latter insenced by jealousy makes a false charge against the Mexican which causes national complications. His better nature however asserts itself and je vindicates his rival and gives himself up for punishment. Motography del 1 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. IX, No. 5, p. 6)

The Moving Picture World del 8 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. XV, No. 10, p. 1018):

An Adventure on the Mexican Border, (Mar. 15). — On the United States side of the line dividing Mexico from the United States, the U. S. soldiers camped, with a view to protecting the international line and the citizens of the United States. Fifty yards on the other side, the Mexican soldiers were camped to do likewise for their country. One of the bright-eyed senoritas of the southern race captivates two officers, one a captain of her own nationality, the other a lieutenant belonging to Uncle Sam. Both of these men, true and staunch in war and love, have a silent battle to gain the lady’s hand. The captain of the Mexican troops being the older of the two wins the maid by his quiet love and kindness. The irrepressible, impassionate United States trooper, tries to take the senorita’s heart by storm, but is repelled. On the spur of the moment, to punish his rival, the United States lieutenant tells a falsehood to his commanding officer, and nearly causes international complications, but after coolly analyzing the situation, the lieutenant raises above all petty personal feelings and delivers the captain from jail, returns him to his fianceé across the line, and goes back to take his place and  await his punishment.

En un anuncio publicado en Motography del 15 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. IX, No. 6, p. 10)  apareció la siguiente información:

“An Adventure on the Mexican Border”

Lubin Drama in Two Parts. Released March 15, 1913

A timely film story, dealing with the troops encamped on both sides of the border between the United States and Mexico. A lieutenant of the United States army and a captain of the Mexican troops are silently battling for the love of a bright eyed señorita. The captain is successful. The lieutenant in a fit of passionate anger, tells his commanding officer of an alleged breach of the existing martial law by the Mexican Captain. Complications follow, but a careful analysis of the situation prompts the lieutenant to release the imprisoned captain and return to face his punishment.

Motography del 8 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. IX, No. 6, p. 10)
Motography del 8 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. IX, No. 6, p. 10)

En otro anuncio de la Lubin publicado en The Moving Picture World del 15 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. XV, No. 11, p. 1073) se aportan los datos siguientes:

“An Adventure on the Mexican Border”

A timely film story, dealing with the troops encamped on both sides of the border between the United States and Mexico. A lieutenant of the United States Army and a captain of the Mexican troops are silently battling for the love of a bright-eyed senorita. The captain is successful. The lieutenant in a fit of passionate anger tells his commanding officer of an alleged breach of the existing martial law by the Mexican captain. Complications follow, but a careful analysis of the situation prompts the lieutenant to release the imprisoned captain and return to face his punishment.

The Moving Picture World del 15 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. XV, No. 11, p. 1073)
The Moving Picture World del 15 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. XV, No. 11, p. 1073)

Por último una nota de The Moving Picture World del 15 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. XV, No. 11, p. 1113):

AN ADVENTURE ON THE MEXICAN BORDER (Lubin).

This is a two-reel special of the Lubin Company and a dramatic photoplay showing the heroism of the American soldier. Love drives him to fault, but his manhood prevails and shows him to be “true blue.” It is a story of Romaine Fielding, who is directing the Lubin Company at Nogales, Arizona, and it is safe to say that this excellent actor is giving true atmosphere.

The Moving Picture World del 15 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. XV, No. 11, p. 1113)
The Moving Picture World del 15 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. XV, No. 11, p. 1113)

On the United States side of the line dividing Mexico from the United States the United States soldiers camped, with a view of protecting the international line and the citizens. Fifty yards on the other side are the Mexican soldiers. One of the bright-eyed senoritas of the southern race captivates two officers, one a captain of her own nationality, the other a lieutenant belonging to Uncle Sam. Both of these men have a silent battle to gain the girl’s hand. The captain of the Mexican troops, being the older of the two, wins the maid by his quiet love and kindness. The irrepressible trooper tries to take the senorita’s heart by storm, but is repelled. On the spur of the moment, to punish his rival, the lieutenant tells a falsehood, but after coolly analyzing the situation the lieutenant raises above all petty personal feelings and delivers the captain from jail, returns him to his fianceé across the line, and goes back to take his place and await his punishment.

The Moving Picture World del 15 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. XV, No.  11, p. 1074)
A thrilling love story, showing the nerve-raching trials of a Mexican girl choosing between her Mexican lover and one of Uncle Sam’s troopers. The Moving Picture World del 15 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. XV, No. 11, p. 1074)

Emilio García Riera en su multicitada obra México visto por el cine extranjero, tomo I, apunta que:

El director y galán Romaine Fielding, al servicio de la Lubin, advirtió en An Adventure on the Mexican Border (1913) la inconveniencia para los norteamericanos de cruzar la frontera, por mucho que los “ojos brillantes” de una “señorita” (The Moving Picture World, Vol. XV, ene-mar 1913, marzo 8, 1913, p. 1018) lo provocaran, pues eso podía costar un “incidente internacional”. (p. 51)

Remata García Riera que “se admitió incluso en algunas [cintas] la preferencia legítima del amor de un mexicano al de un norteamericano, como ocurría en The Mexican Sweethearts (1909), The Señorita (1909), A Knot in the Plot (1910) y An adventure on the Mexican Border (1913). (pág. 55)

Por lo que corresponde a la ficha filmográfica y sinopsis de la película, García Riera da los siguientes datos en el tomo II de su obra citada:

1306 / 15. An adventure on the Mexican Border. Producción: EU (Lubin), 1913. Dirección y argumento: Romaine Fielding. Intérpretes: Romaine Fielding, Mary Ryan, Robin Adair. 2 rollos. En el lado norteamericano de la frontera, unas tropas acampadas protegen a los ciudadanos del país. No muy lejos, en el otro lado, unos soldados mexicanos hacen algo semejante. Dos oficiales, uno mexicano y otro norteamericano, compiten por el amor de una señorita mexicana. Vence el mexicano, mayor que su rival, gracias a su discreción y a su generosidad. El norteamericano, un teniente impulsivo, es rechazado cuando trata de ganar a la mexicana por la fuerza. En venganza, el teniente cuenta una mentira que casi provoca un incidente internacional, pero acaba por recapacitar, poniendo de lado sus intereses personales: saca al mexicano (un capitán) de la cárcel, lo devuelve a su novia y atraviesa la frontera para enfrentar un justo castigo. (p. 34)

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