Man Who Won (1923)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - B-Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Although this was one of William Wellman's early directorial efforts, his talent still shows through in this Western programmer. Dustin Farnum stars as Bill, a gambler, whose friend Scipio (Ralph Cloninger) goes in search of his wife Jessie (Jacqueline Gadsden). Jessie, fed up with her life of poverty, has run off with the wealthy and villainous James (Lloyd Whitlock). She has left behind her two children (Muriel McCormack and Micky McBan) on James' promise that she can send for them later. Scipio leaves the tots with Bill when he goes on his search. With the help of three old gamblers, Bill cares for the children. In short order, he keeps them from being kidnapped by James, saves a gold shipment from being stolen, and convinces Jessie to return to her husband, who finds oil on his property. Ultimately, Bill sacrifices his life in his attempt to round up the villains.

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cowboy, driver, gold, outlaw [Western], stagecoach