The Outlaw Reforms (1914)

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Outlaws constantly reformed in early silent westerns, most famously when played by Broncho Billy Anderson or William S. Hart. The reforming villain in this minor western from the World Film Corporation was the totally forgotten Charles Gebhardt, who turns outlaw when his father is murdered over the claim to a mine. Like most of his contemporaries, Gebhardt's bandit is reformed by a pretty lass, this time the daughter of the sheriff. She is played by Jeanie MacPherson, a brunette actress who left performing to become director Cecil B. DeMille's assistant, screenwriter and (reportedly) mistress. Leading man Gebhardt should not be confused with Buck Jones, whose real name was Charles Frederick Gebhart. (Jones didn't commence his screen career until 1917.)

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claim, conflict, father, justice, killing, Native-American, outlaw [Western], reform [improve], sheriff, shoot-out, sister