William S. Hart is a fun-loving ranch owner. He rolls cigarettes like Roscoe Arbuckle and takes part in the daily lynching of the Chinese cook. One pleasure he reserves to himself is running nesters off his range. After he amiably threatens one, the fellow ups and sells his land to Margery Wilson. When Hart returns to the farm, he is dumbfounded by the new owner and gradually wins her to be his bride. When William Fairbanks shows up, Hart is delighted. He thinks Fairbanks is Miss Wilson's half brother. In truth, they are lovers; she thought him dead. They plan to run off before the wedding.
Hart plays with his themes of the good bad man, and tries a few gags, but of course, he is primarily a dramatic actor, and while he may act goofy or malevolent as the situation calls for, they audience is busy waiting for his redemption. It's not among his best movies, but it's always satisfying to see a Hart film that's new to me.
Action / Western
Action / Western
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Tom "Wolf" Lowry, the owner of the Bar Z ranch, tolerates no intruders into his life. When he hears that settlers have entered his valley, he goes to confront them but has a change of heart when he sees Mary Davis, a young woman who has come West to find her missing sweetheart, Owen Thorpe. Mary nurses Lowry back to health after he is wounded by Buck Fanning, the real estate agent who sold Mary her claim, when Lowry prevents Banning from raping Mary. Lowry soon falls in love with Mary and she agrees to become his wife, having lost all hope of finding her former sweetheart. By coincidence, Lowry finds Owen, but when Owen and Mary meet and plan to run away together, Lowry insists that she honor her agreement to wed him. On the day of the wedding, however, Lowry has a change of heart and takes Owen and Mary to the minister and tells him to marry the two lovers instead. Lowry then leaves Mary a note saying that he is going to Alaska. Five years later, Mary and Owen are the parents of a young son, named Tom, and the recipients of a letter from Lowry who now lives in isolation in Alaska.
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