Gun Fighter (1917)

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The unadorned title of this five-reel western was typical of the austerity which star-director William S. Hart invested in all his films. Two-Gun Bill was cast as "The Killer," the aptly nicknamed head of an outlaw band. The Killer's great rival is a Mexican bandido who is every bit as nasty as the "hero," if not more so. With two such nasty characters dominating the screen, the audience was hard pressed to work up sympathy for either one of them. But Hart solved this problem by "humanizing" The Killer with romance and redemption -- though the character comes to a sorry end all the same.