Leave It to Susan (1919)

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Susan Burbridge (Madge Kennedy) is heading West by train with her father (Alfred Hollingsworth), a mine owner, and so-called boyfriend Horace Peddingham (Walter Hiers). It's a rough trip -- first the train is held up by robbers, then because of a hot box it is stalled. While waiting to get moving again, Susan takes her dog out for a walk and the train takes off without her. She wanders around for hours until she stumbles on a shack where Jimmy Dawson (Wallace MacDonald) is stationed. Jimmy is a mining engineer who works for Susan's father, but she doesn't know this. In fact, she mistakes him for a bandit. Then the real bandits enter the shack and Jimmy suggests they hold her for ransom. He pens a ransom note -- actually coded so that the bandit carrying it will be captured -- and sends it on its way. Meanwhile Susan charms the rest of the gang into showing her rope tricks -- that way she gets them all tied up. The sheriff rescues Susan, but Jimmy disappears. Later she finds him in the city, dressed up and behaving much more like a gentleman. This was not a great film for Madge Kennedy -- it was loaded with bad continuity and unconvincing humor.