Their Lives by a Thread (1913)

The Moving Picture World del 22 de marzo de 1913 (Vol. XV, No. 12, p. 1222):

COMING RELEASES OF WARNER’S FEATURES

Some big things are in store for exhibitors using Warner’s Features. Down in Austin Texas, the Satex Film Co. is turning out some wonderful three-reel productions, featuring Miss Martha Russell, formerly Essanay’s leading lady. The first picture, “Their Lives by a Thread,” has been confiscated by the Mexican Government because it contained some striking scenes taken across the border in which real untamed Mexicans are shown attacking Americans. But the second release [“Mexican Conspiracy out Generaled”], more thrilling than the first is on its way North, and will be ready for booking this month.

The Moving Picture World del 26 de abril de 1913 (Vol. XVI, No. 4, p. 429)
The Moving Picture World del 26 de abril de 1913 (Vol. XVI, No. 4, p. 429)

The New York Clipper del 3 de mayo de 1913 (Vol. LVI, No. 12, p. 16):

Martha Russell, star of the Satex Film Co., of Austin, Texas, late of the Essanay Co., has never appeared to better advantage than in her latest releases controlled by Warner’s Feature Film Co. They are: “Mexican Conspiracy out Generaled” and “Their Lives by a Thread.”

The Moving Picture World del 10 de mayo de 1913 (Vol. XVI, No. 6, p. 604):

Martha Russell, in “Their Lives by a Thread”

The Moving Picture World del 10 de mayo de 191 (Vol. XVI, No. 6,  p. 604)
The Moving Picture World del 10 de mayo de 1913 (Vol. XVI, No. 6, p. 604)

Lovers of the sensational will find in “Their Lives by a Thread,” a three-reel Warner’s Feature, some startling incidents. Martha Russell, as the daughter of a prosperous American living in Mexico, who has defrauded his life insurance company out of $100,000 by a fiendish plot, falls in love with the president of the insurance company and saves him from death at the bottom of a deep excavation.

To accomplish this, she climbs inside an ore-bucket and with a Mexican girl at the throttle of the hoisting engine, is carried five hundred feet in the air, then lowered to the spot where her admirer has been thrown by half-crazed strikers who believe him to be a strike-breaking leader.

Miss Russell is supported by Robert Kelly, leading man of the Satex Film Co., of Austin, Texas.

Emilio García Riera en su obra México visto por el cine extranjero (p. 51) relata:

En Their Lives by a Thread (1913), unos norteamericanos eran atacados en la frontera por “salvajes mexicanos verdaderos”, según The Moving Picture World (22 de marzo de 1913); se decía en la nota dedicada por la revista a esa película que Their Lives by a Thread fue confiscada por el gobierno mexicano, pues varias de sus escenas habían sido filmadas indebidamente en México.

Ficha filmográfica de Their Life by a Thread. También conocida bajo el título de Their Lives by a Slender Thread. (1913) Norteamericana. B&N: Tres rollos. Drama. Producción: Satex Film Company. Distribución: Warner’s Features, Incorporated. Estrenada en abril de 1913. Drama. Intérpretes: Martha Russell y Robert Kelly.

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