By Indian Post is a 1919 short Western film and will be of interest to those people who are into early film history, John Ford cinematography and cinematogaphic technique.
This is the sort of rough comedy that Ford had been making at least since the previous year's BUCKING Broadway and would continue to make regularly through DONOVAN'S REEF. It is not a particularly distinguished member of the club -- which includes the Oscar-winning THE QUIET MAN. but any John Ford picture is worth looking at.
One thing worth noting is Ford's fine and, for the era, advanced sense of framing. True, he still uses irised shots as a substitute for a medium close in two-shot, but that is a common convention for the era. Of more interest is his strong use of framing lines to reduce the effective framing of shots in a fashion that most directors would not catch on to for another five years..... but then, he always said that was his sole strength as a director.
Originally filmed on 2 reels, only one 35mm nitrate positive print is known to exist. This is the restored high quality version.
* Pete Morrison - Jode MacWilliams
* Duke R. Lee - Pa Owens
* Magda Lane - Peg Owens
* Edward Burns- (as Ed Burns)
* Jack Woods - Dutch
* Harley Chambers - Fritz
* Hoot Gibson - Chub
* Jim Moore - Two Horns
* Jack Walters - Andy
* Otto Myers - Swede
* Ed Jones - Stumpy