Lady of Red Butte (1919)

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Spunky Dorothy Dalton has solid support in this Western: not one, but two great character actors of the silent era, Tully Marshall and Josef Swickard, are in the cast; the story is written by C. Gardner Sullivan; and the director is Victor L. Schertzinger. Unfortunately, all of this talent fell flat and the picture contains quite a few unintentionally funny moments. Faro Fan (Dalton) of Red Butte inherited a gambling hall from her father, but she runs it with such a kind soul that her wholesomeness has a good influence over the town. However, Red Butte is unsettled when Webster Smith (Thomas Holding), an unhinged religious fanatic, moves into town. He gets into a fight with Fan and winds up cursing the whole town, praying that it will be destroyed. Sure enough, a fire starts while Delicate Hanson (Swickard) is trying to clean his saloon. The whole town burns to the ground -- except for Fan's hall. Smith, furious that his church was one of the casualties, attacks Fan. In self defense, she hits him on the head and the blow restores his sanity. He becomes a model of goodness and sets out to find help for the injured. While he is gone, a Mexican bandit tries to attack Fan. She fights him off and when Smith returns, she shoots him in the belief that he is the Mexican. Smith recovers easily, and he and Fan fall in love.