Sleeping Lion (1919)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Tony (Monroe Salisbury), an inhabitant of New York's Little Italy, models clay so he can earn enough money for his dream -- to buy a ranch out West. He raises the cash and leaves, bringing with him "Little Tony" (Pat Moore), a newsboy he's adopted, but leaving behind his girl Carlotta (Alice Elliot). It takes awhile for the Westerners to get used to their new neighbor, but they do -- all, that is, but the gambler Durant (Herschel Mayall). The flirtatious Kate Billings (Rhea Mitchell) is drawn to both men but favors Tony after he emerges victorious in a fight with Durant. Tony believes that she's only interested in strength, and tells her so. Incensed by his attitude, she elopes with Durant, but soon realizes how awful he is. Soon, she has run back to Tony, but Durant has gotten the other cowboys riled up over the Italian. They strap him to a wild horse, sending him off to certain death, in a typical display of Western justice. But Little Tony gains the help of the Doharney men and they rescue Tony. When he hears that Carlotta has married someone else, he is free to accept Kate's love.