Midnight Stage (1919)

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In this Western, Frank Keenan has a dual role -- kind-hearted gambler John Lynch and evil bandit Big Rivers. The only person who realizes there is a resemblance between the two is dance hall girl Nita (Maude George), who was abused by the outlaw and cared for by Lynch. One day, while Lynch is headed out to see his father (Thomas Guise), the bandit holds up a stagecoach and in a bloody melee, steals the gold. Since Lynch was gone while this was going on, he is accused of the crime and sentenced to be hanged. Nita comes to his rescue by tracking down Big Rivers through one of his men, Rat McGrough (Ernest C. Warde, the film's director). Rivers takes her prisoner but her cries draw attention to his hiding place. Although she dies before help comes, she still saves the day because Rivers is captured and Lynch freed.