Bandit Draw Egan (William S. Hart) goes into the city of Yellow Dog where he's mistaken for a good man. A society man offers him the job as Marshall. He eventually falls in love with a local woman (Margery Wilson) but soon a former foe (Robert McKim) arrives in town and threatens to blow his identity.
May 2, 2013 Subject:
Great William S. Hart Western
Early westerns like Hart's movies set the arch-type for about all the western to follow. The stranger who saves the town, gal's ranch, stage line, etc. Early silent actors did use broad gestures because of stage training where the audience was far from the action, but they soon learned the value of close ups.
Love the saloon scene where Eagan says to the bully, "If I'd a'knowed they allowed animals in this here saloon I'd a brought my horse in.", followed by a short fight.
April 24, 2013 Subject:
An excellent Western
I thought this film was excellent; a 1916 western film directed by and starring an authentic cowboy/actor named William S. Hart -
It was well directed and the actors played their parts very well with the expected and exaggerated 19th Century dramatic gesturing and acting style that was typical of early silent films like this one - Silent acting took much skill and experience, it was essentially pantomime on film -
In those days moviegoers didn't get up and buy popcorn, candy, or soft drinks and return to their seats like we do now - They sat glued to their seats, barely moving, completely engrossed in everything that was taking place on screen, so you had to be good, and like most William S. Hart westerns, they were well written, innovative, and very good -
The scenes of Hart advancing toward the camera are priceless, and the interaction between Hart and his horse was fascinating as well - A film well worth seeing.
February 27, 2012 Subject:
An Original Western Template
If you really are a film buff and want to see the original template of a good western this well preserved and highly watchable film is for you. Starring William S. Hart (the first of the best)and a large gang of people in support including in key roles, Marguery Wilson and Robert McKim.
What's really best about this film is the way Director William S. Hart stages his crowd scenes in the bar and on the street. He's in total control and it's well lit and well photographed and copied for years and years since in a multitude of westerns.
Hart is especially good as the mysterious Marshall. All the other western stereo-types are here too, except one. No side-kick, comedy relief or buffon in the entire film. This film will remind you of a ton of later westerns of all kinds, good and bad. Added soundtrack of music is O.K. but not entierely in synch with the action. Some title cards are funny too. For buffs. Enjoy.