Blue Blazes Rawden (1918)

Genres - Western, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Along with Hell's Hinges and Tumbleweeds, Blue Blazes Rawden is currently among the most readily available of William S. Hart's westerns. Hart, of course, plays the title character, a brawny lumberjack who enters into a poker game with a deceptively mild-looking English gambler named Ladyfingers Hilgard (Robert McKim). The stakes are Hilgard's gambling emporium -- and, it is implied, the Englishman's girlfriend Babette Du Fresne (Maud George). Accusing each other of cheating, Rawden and Hilgard decide to settle their differences with their six-shooters. And this is only the beginning of the picture, which by the final reel has incorporated practically all of the familiar William S. Hart elements, including the self-sacrificial redemption of the "good bad man" hero.

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lumberjack, gambling, poker