Bare Fists (1919)

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After the father of Cheyenne Harry (Harry Carey) is shot dead, His mother makes him promise to put down his guns. He agrees, though this is easier said than done in the Old West. A pair of rustlers, Boone Travis (Joe Harris) and Lopez (Vester Pegg), hear about Harry's pledge and believe his cattle are easy prey. Not so, as it turns out -- Harry catches up with them and lets them have it with his bare fists. Their hatred for Harry is now even greater, and their malice spreads to Conchita (Betty Schade), Harry's Spanish sweetheart. The villains frame Harry as a murderer and the charge nearly sticks. Harry is about to be hung when he finds out his brother Bud (Howard Ensteadt) has been branded by Travis and Lopez. He grabs the sheriff's gun, escapes and shoots his persecutors dead. Later, he is acquitted of the previous charge when Conchita provides an eyewitness account of the deed. While loaded with suspense, this wasn't the best of the collaborations between Carey and director John Ford, who in those days was known as Jack Ford.