His short story "The Luck of Roaring Camp," for example, tells of a mining community's efforts to care for a foundling.
Years later, John Ford and John Wayne would film a variation on the tale entitled 3 Godfathers (1948).
When he first arrives out West, he packs a dainty silver pistol, but as he becomes acclimated to the rugged terrain, he begins packing a more butch six-shooter.
While Algie acquires the manliness required by his future father-in-law, a secondary character emerges as an unexpectedly compelling figure: Algie's bunkmate Big Jim.
When Algie tearfully nurses Jim through a terrible case of the d.t.'s, we detect some depth in their camaraderie.
After Algie valiantly saves Jim from armed bandits, the burly prospector forms a curious attachment to the transplanted Easterner.
And when Algie announces his departure from the West, to return to his bride, Big Jim assumes a posture of childlike sadness.
It appears that Jim, not Algie, is the more romantically inclined.That a film could develop a relationship so complex, poignant and utterly unconventional in a scant ten minutes is a testament to the talents of director Alice Guy-Blaché. In conceiving the story of Algernon Allmore (the film has no credited writer, so we can fairly credit Blache with at least partial authorship), the director was probably influenced by the stories of Bret Harte.Greatly influenced by Charles Dickens, Harte wrote tales of rugged Westerners, and the stories were uncommonly tender -- often overlaid with shameless sentimentality. Cast: Sami Bouajila, Patachou, Ariane Ascaride, Pierre-Loup Rajot, Charly Sergue, Maurice Benichou.This French comedy-drama features Felix, an unemployed, gay Frenchman of Arab descent, who has a series of adventures during a trek through the French countryside.The film examines the familiar theme of a man's search for his identity. With a contract to perform a drag show way out in the Australian desert, Tick, Adam, and Ralph each has his own reason for wanting to leave the safety of Sydney.