The Narrow Trail (1917)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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William S. Hart plays (what else?) a "good badman" in his first production for Paramount release, The Narrow Trail. While holding up a stagecoach, Hart falls hopelessly in love with a gorgeous, stylishly clothed lady passenger. He follows her to San Francisco, where he discovers to his chagrin that she's little better than a trollop. After venting his spleen on everyone in sight, Hart learns that girl has been victimized by a nasty relative. He rescues her from a life of vice, and together they head off to a better life in the West. Narrow Trail has assumed legendary status in recent years due to an effusive critique of the film's barroom brawl sequence, written by Jean Cocteau. Alas, the "naked bodies slippery with blood" so eloquently described by Cocteau are nowhere to be found in the film.

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love-at-first-sight, horse-racing, lady, love, prostitute/prostitution, rescue, robbery, stagecoach, cowboy, horse, relative, fight