The Fly God (1918)

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Westerns in the 1910s were considerably more fanciful than those of succeeding decades. None more so than The Fly God, an entry in the "Red Saunders" series of westerns starring Roy Stewart. Edward Peil plays an invalid falsely accused of killing the outlaw who once robbed him. At his trial, all but one juror (Roy Stewart) finds him guilty. Catching a fly, the noble citizen leaves it up to the insect to decide the case. "If this critter lands on a window pane, then he goes free," the man declares. The fly does, and Stewart can return to home and hearth a free man. One Harry Wallace Phillips concocted this nonsense, which did nothing to keep the old Triangle Studios from floundering in an increasingly competitive field. The company was sold -- lock, stock, barrel and Culver City lot -- to producer Samuel Goldwyn in mid-1919.

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accusation, false-accusation, friendship, invalid, jury, killing, love, murder, on-the-road, robbery, romance, trial [courtroom]