The Fighting Grin (1918)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Some critics took Franklin Farnum to task for too closely emulating his screen "role model" Douglas Fairbanks Sr. in The Fighting Grin. Others merely followed the audience's lead by sitting back and enjoying the show. Described as "a western love story," the film cast Farnum as Billy Kennedy, the son of wealthy rancher Otis Kennedy (Charles Hill Mailes). For many, many years, the elder Kennedy has waged a range war against his friend-turned-enemy Amos Meredith (Fred Montague). The animosity between the two ranchers intensifies when Billy falls in love with Meredith's daughter Janice (Edith Johnson). When the young lovers announce their plans to marry, Billy is kidnapped by his own father to prevent such an eventuality. To escape his dad's minions, our hero is compelled to disguise himself as a notorious bandit -- and the plot really takes off from there.