The Big Punch (1921)

Genres - Drama, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Filmed in late 1920 and released in early '21, The Big Punch was director John Ford's second film for Fox. Buck Jones starred as a divinity student jailed for a crime actually committed by his outlaw brother (Jack Curtis). Upon his release, Jones is befriended by Salvation Army girl Barbara Bedford and together the two manage to convert the lawless brother. Ford directed this and the earlier Jones vehicle Just Pals (1920) concurrently before returning to his home studio, Universal. When that company's Carl Laemmle fired cowboy actor Harry Carey, Ford left for good, returning to Fox, for whom he would direct such future successes as The Iron Horse (1924), The Grapes of Wrath (1939), and My Darling Clementine (1946).

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bad-guy, brother, conversion, cowboy, criminal, dye, employment, girl, good-guy, help, man, outlaw [Western], prison, release, salvation, Salvation-Army, seminary, sibling, youth