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A Mexican Tragedy (1913)

Aparte de ser el debut del sonorense Guillermo Willy Calles en el cine mudo norteamericano, de esta cinta existe muy poca información, sin embargo en Guillermo Calles: A Biography of the Actor and Mexican Cinema Pioneer, Rogelio Agrasánchez, Jr. rescata del anuncio en un periódico de Utah de la época la sinopsis del argumento, misma que aparece en The Moving Picture World del 20 de septiembre de 1913 (Vol. XVII, No. 12, p. 1308):

Manuel Terrizar, innkeeper in a small Mexican town, professes to be in sympathy with the revolution; his son, Miguel, joins the insurrectos. Teresa, Terrizar’s daughter, and Gen. Laredo, leader of the revolutionists, are sweethearts. The federal government sends an agent, Sancho, to Terrizar, offering a large reward if he will accomplish the secret assassination of Laredo. Terrizar’s greed for gold triumphs and he agrees to try the scheme. Terrizar invites Gen. Laredo to the inn that night for Teresa’s betrothal feast. Laredo, accompanied only by Miguel as a guard, arrives for the feast. Miguel is plied with wine to get him out of the way. Then the boy is carried upstairs and dumped into the room at the right of the landing. Miguel, aroused, later staggers into the hallway as if to go downstairs, then changes his mind and, entering the room at the left of the landing, falls across the bed in a stupor. The feast is over. Terrizar persuades Laredo to spend the rest of the night at the inn and conducts him to and sees him enter the room at the left of the landing. In the left room Laredo finds Miguel, tries in vain to arouse him, then decides to find another bed. He goes into the hallway, finds the opposite door open and retires in the empty room at the right of the landing. The plot to kill Laredo falls on Terrizar. He draws his knife, ascends the stairs, and blowing out the hall lamp, enters the room at the left of the landing. A moment later he returns to the drinking room, announcing that he has killed Laredo. In the morning, Laredo, ignorant of events, descends the stairs to the room where the conspirators are sleeping at the tables. The conspirators are terrified, believing that Laredo’s ghost is walking. When he speaks to them they realize there has been a slip. Wildly, Terrizar rushes upstairs and in to the left room, where he finds that he has killed his son.

Motography del 20 de septiembre de 1913 (Vol. 10, No. 6, p. 3)
Motography del 20 de septiembre de 1913 (Vol. X, No. 6, p. 3)

A Mexican Tragedy fue escogida para la inauguración del Lyric Theater de Lima, Ohio,  en septiembre de 1913. Seguros del atractivo que significaba para el espectador, el anuncio de un periódico simplemente mencionaba que “trata sobre la actual revolución mexicana”.

Ficha filmográfica de A Mexican Tragedy, (1913) Norteamericana. B&N: Un rollo. Director: Wilbert Melville. Actores: Henry King (General Laredo), Velma Whitman, Ray Gallagher, William Ryno, Guillermo Calles (Miguel). Producción: Lubin Manufacturing Company.  Distribución: The General Film Company, Incorporated. Estrenada el 23 de septiembre de 1913. Drama. La película se considerada desaparecida. Según A Guide to Silent Westerns de Larry Langman en la cinta actuó junto con Broncho Billy Anderson, Reina Valdéz.

Por su parte, Emilio García Riera en su obra México visto por el cine extranjero (vol. 1, p. 50) comenta sobre el filme que:

Abundaron entre 1911 y 1914 las cintas norteamericanas que se pretendieron benévolas con los revolucionarios mexicanos, como The Clod, The Mexican Filibusterers y The Mexican Joan of Arc en 1911, The Mexican Revolutionist y The Revolutionist en 1912, A Girl Spy in Mexico y A Mexican Tragedy en 1913 y The Eternal Duel en 1914. (La trama de A Mexican Tragedy, por cierto, pareció inspirar, o adelantarse, a las de dos películas mexicanas dirigidas en 1933 por Fernando de Fuentes: El prisionero trece y El compadre Mendoza.)

Emilio García Riera en la obra antes citada da un ficha filmográfica y una breve sinopsis (vol. 2, p. 35):

Manuel Terrízar, dueño de un hotel en un pueblecito mexicano, y simpatizante de la revolución, tiene dos hijos: Miguel, que se une a los insurrectos, y Teresa, novia del general revolucionario Laredo. Sancho, agente del gobierno federal, ofrece a Manuel una recompensa por matar a Laredo. Manuel acepta e invita a Laredo a una cena. En ésta, Miguel se emborracha y es llevado a una cama, pero cambia de cuarto al despertar por un momento; eso hace que el asesinado sea él y no Laredo, quien es tomado por un fantasma al aparecer vivo al día siguiente. Enloquecido, Manuel comprueba que ha hecho matar a su propio hijo.

Captain King’s Rescue (1912)

Una sola sinopsis publicó The Moving Picture World junto con un anuncio de varias cintas de la Lubin. En el ejemplar del 20 de abril (Vol. XII, No. 3, p. 258) se publicó la sinopsis:

CAPT. KING’S RESCUE (April 20).—In anticipation of probable trouble along the border, two troops of cavalry, in command of Captain King, are ordered to Douglas, Arizona, a little town along the Mexican border and a port of entry into Mexico.

As they approach the town, the captain halts his column and goes to a near-by ranch house seeking directions as to his course. He finds standing at the gate watching his troop, the owner of the ranch, his wife and daughter, a girl of about eighteen, and a suave young Mexican, evidently in love with the ranchman’s daughter. The captain gets the information he seeks and invites the family to visit the camp which the soldiers will make at Douglas. They accept the invitation. The officer quickly succumbs to the charms of the ranchman’s daughter, Pearl, much to the distaste of the Mexican, Pedro. Later captain King rescues a poor Indian who is being ill-treated by Pedro. Pearl’s father, who is a witness to the Mexican’s cruelty, forbids him to again come to his house. The Mexican plots to get the captain out of his way and thus secure revenge. With some of his gang he waylays the soldier, knocks him senseless and throws him down a deserted well. He had previously witnessed the departure of the ranchman and his wife from their home and knew that Pearl was alone at her home. The Indian who had been befriended by Captain King witnessed the action of the Mexican, and mounting his pony, rushes to the camp for aid.

He reports what he has seen to the commanding officer and a detail of troopers go back with him to the abandoned well. They rescue the captain and, with him at their bead, the party proceeds to the ranch in time to rescue the girl from the clutches of the Mexican.

También en el mismo semanario, pero en la página 198 se publicó el siguiente anuncio, donde la cinta comparte espacio con otras obras de la Lubin Manufacturing Company. La cinta se estrenó el 20 de abril de 1912:

The Moving Picture World del 20 de abril de 1912 (Vol. XII, No. 3, p. 198)
Capt. King, is command of a column of cavalry at Douglas, Arizona, becomes acquainted with the family of a ranchman and falls in love with Pearl, the eighteen-year-old daughter. He has , however, a rival, a suave Mexican, named Pedro. One day the captain sees the Mexican ill-treating a poor Indian; he rescues the Indian and Pedro is driven from he ranch. The Mexican in revenge seeks the life the captain, but the Indian gets aid from the camp and the would-be murderer is secured. The Moving Picture World del 20 de abril de 1912 (Vol. XII, No. 3, p. 198)

Por su parte Margarita de Orellana y Emilio García Riera en La mirada circular y México visto por el cine extranjero respectivamente, publican la misma traducción del escrito que se reproduce al inicio publicado en The Moving Picture World.

Importing Cattle From Mexico to the United States (1913)

Corto metraje educativo de 400 pies producida por la Lubin Manufacturing Co. que se anuncia como “una muy pintoresca y educativa película”. De todas las cintas con alguna referencia a México, ésta es de la pocas que he encontrado que contenga un mensaje educativo sobre México. En este caso se trata de describir cómo cruzan el ganado hacia Estados Unidos. Los inspectores trabajando y las bestias examinadas en cuanto a su salud para luego darles un baño desinfectante para subirlas a los carros del ferrocarril. Junto con la sinopsis, dos anuncios que mencionan la cinta y donde se informa de su estreno para el 25 de febrero de 1913.

Anuncio publicado en The Moving Picture World (Vol. XV, No. 9, Mar. 1, 1913, p. 860)
Anuncio publicado en The Moving Picture World (Vol. XV, No. 9, Mar. 1, 1913, p. 860)

El mismo y breve comentario sobre la cinta que se publicó en The Moving Picture World (Vol. XV, Jan-Mar 1913, p. 804) y en Motography (Vol. IX, No. 4, Feb. 15, 1913, p. 122):

Anuncio de la Lubin en Motography (Vol. IX, No. 4, Feb. 15, 1913, p. 6)
Anuncio de la Lubin Manufacturing Co. en Motography (Vol. IX, No. 4, Feb. 15, 1913, p. 6)

Importing Cattle from Mexico into the United States (Feb. 25). This is an educational picture showing the system of passing cattle across the line into the United States. The inspectors are on the job. The beasts are duly examined as to health and then driven into a disinfecting bath, through which they have to swim before leaving the run, which takes them to the cars. Upwards of fifty steers are shown in the picture.

Mexicanos en The Lubin Western Company (1913)

La mayoría de los fotografiados o son mexicanos o descendientes de ellos. Sin que sepamos a ciencia cierta quién es quien, subo la imagen por razones obvias. La fotografía está tomada de la revista Motography, Vol. X, No. 7 del 4 de octubre de 1913, p. 226.

Lubin Western Company at Los Angeles, motography, vol. 10, No. 7, Oct. 4, 1913, p. 226
La Lubin Western Company en Los Ángeles, California, de la cual era director Wilbert Melville (1913)

The Lubin Manufacturing Company a la que pertenece la compañía de vaqueros del oeste, fue una productora cinematográfica americana que estuvo activa entre 1902 y 1916 y su imagen de marca era la campana de libertad.