The Ghost of the Hacienda

Release Date:   9/22/1913
Distributor:   Mutual
Reels:   2
Brand:   Flying A
Genre:   Drama
Director:   Thomas Ricketts
Writer:   Pearl Gaddis
Confirmed Cast:   Edward Coxen, Winnifred Greenwood, George Field, William Tedmarsh, Chester Withey
Story Summary:

Enid Hale and her father, the new owners of the hacienda, arrive to take possession, and when a few days later, Billy Thompson arrives with a letter of introduction from a mutual friend, everything is nice and quiet.

One evening, Pedro tells the story of the tragic death of Enid's aunt, Senorita Ysolda, who was killed while a mere girl by El Capitan, a Mexican bandit. The story makes a great impression on Enid, especially when she is told that the natives believe that the spirit of the girl haunts the hacienda.

Some days later, after Enid and Billy are engaged, a large supply of gold arrives, with which Billy is to pay off the section at work on the new railroad. Billy very unwisely puts it away before Senor Tocquinado, who is visiting at the hacienda and who, it later develops, is a notorious highwayman.

The senor and his friends plot to steal the gold and attack the hacienda at night. Luckily, however, Billy and Enid see them before the attack is made, and are partly prepared for their reception. The fight is short but bitter and is only brought to a close by the lack of ammunition on the part of the hacienda defenders.

Enid bethinks herself of a scheme, a sort of forlorn hope, and hurries upstairs. She is seen in her room preparing to play ghost, relying upon the innate superstition of the lower class Mexican.

In the meanwhile, senor and his band, by means of a large battering-ram, break down the door. Just as they are well inside the door, Enid, her hair hanging over her shoulders, a candle in her hand, and robed in pure white, glides down the steps. The Mexicans catch sight of her, and with many yells they flee, leaving the hacienda and its protectors in peace.

- Moving Picture World, September 1913

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