Set vaguely in the 18th century, Pathe's A Heroic Father begins as the son of a nobleman is kidnapped by gypsies. The boy's father is sent a ransom note instructing him to deliver the money in person. Upon arriving at the gypsy camp, the father refuses to pay the ransom and engages in a fight with the kidnappers. With his young son in tow, the father leaps on the back of a horse and gallops to safety. Just as the gypsies catch up with the fleeing duo, the gypsies are shot from their mounts by the father's well-concealed companions. The fact that the good guys are wielding modern repeating rifles somewhat compromises the film's historical accuracy.
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