Marked Man (1917)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This Western was one of the early collaborations between actor Harry Carey and John Ford, then a fledgling director. Cheyenne Harry (Carey) is a bandit on the run from a posse, but for years he has been deceiving his mother, writing her that he owns a ranch and is happily married. He finds refuge at the home of rancher Grant Young (Harry Rattenberry). Young's daughter, Molly (Molly Malone), recognizes Harry as the train robber who allowed her to keep a brooch belonging to her dead mother, and convinces her father to give him a chance. Harry enters a rodeo but his former associate Ben Kent (Vester Pegg) forces him to participate in a stage robbery. Over Harry's protests, Kent shoots the messenger dead. The sheriff (William Gettinger) takes the two men into custody and they are condemned to be hanged. A telegram from Harry's mother arrives which says she is coming to town to visit. The sheriff gives him a two-week reprieve and Young allows him the use of his ranch. His mother has a nice visit, and after she has left, Harry gives himself up. But one of the coach's passengers tells the sheriff that it was Kent who killed the messenger. Harry is freed, and he returns to the Young ranch, and to Molly.