BY INDIAN POST
It. tit.: Posta indiana; Sog.: dal racconto The Trail of the Billy-Doo di William Wallace Cook; Scen.: H. Tipton Steck; Int.: Pete Morrison (Jode McWilliams), Duke Lee (Pa Owens), Magda Lane (Peg Owens), Ed Jones (Stumpy, il cuoco), Jack Woods (Dutch), Harley Chambers (Fritz), Hoot Gibson (Chub), Jack Walters (Andy), Otto Myers (Swede), Jim Moore (“Two-Horns”); Prod.: Universal Transatlantic; Pri. pro.: 12 aprile 1919. Digibeta L. or.: 2 bobine. D.: 13’ (incomplete). Bn.
This tongue-in-cheek two-reeler (missing several minutes, reportedly because an impatient collector wanted to speed up an already-sprightly film) stars the amiable Pete Morrison as a lovelorn but not-toobright ranch foreman. When he enlists a brainier pal to help him write a love letter to the daughter (Magda Lane) of their boss (Duke Lee), Jode McWilliams wins her heart with florid but very Fordian words about how “a tender and susceptible heart roaming the desert of life chances on an oasis of love.” An Indian thief (Jim Moore) unwittingly plays matchmaker, but Jode has to outwit and outrun the angry father (who bears a strong resemblance to Ford’s own father, the Irish native John A. Feeney). With its minimal sets, By Indian Post has a mostly backlot look, but Ford finds the opportunity for some spacious outdoor work in this lighthearted, roughhewn romp that climaxes with a wedding on horseback.