Eclectic Cast of Characters

Photograph of Chief Quanah Parker
Comanche Chief Quanah Parker

It was 1908, and a group of men came together to film a silent Western called The Bank Robbery. It’s not clear if it was based on a real crime, and the plot of the 19-minute short was pretty basic. A gang plans and pulls a bank job, then escapes the law in a hail of bullets.

The interesting part was the cast: famed Western lawmen Bill Tilghman (who also directed), Heck Thomas and Frank Canton. Ex-outlaw Al Jennings was a bad guy. And Comanche Chief Quanah Parker made an appearance.

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