Singer Jim McKee (1924)

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William S. Hart's second-to-last film was not the box-office failure some accounts seems to suggest. But the veteran star was fighting for control over his films with Paramount executive Adolph Zukor and lost. He plays a singing outlaw (!) who along with a friend robs a stagecoach in order to provide for the latter's motherless child. The friend is killed and Hart's Singer McKee vows to raise the child. She grows into the vamp-ish Phyllis Haver and they fall in love and marry. In order to enable his wife to enter into society, Singer commits another crime and is shipped off to prison. Paroled years later, Hart returns to home and hearth to discover he has become a father. Considering Hart's advanced age (he was close to sixty), the story was too ludicrous for words and the studio revoked his script approval rights. The great Western star refused to compromise, but returned to the screens a final time in 1925 for his masterpiece, Tumbleweeds.

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father, love, parent, robbery, romance