Where the West Begins (1919)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Where the West Begins was one of the earliest western efforts from director Henry King, who would periodically return to the genre with considerable success throughout the rest of his long career (as witness Jesse James, The Gunfighter and The Bravados). William Russell plays Cliff Redfern, a hard-ridin' Westerner who takes a liking to Easterner Ned Caldwell (Cullen Landis), the dissolute son of a wealthy cattle rancher. Certain that all Caldwell needs to become a "real man" is a dose of frontier life, Cliff kidnaps Ned and brings him back to the wide open spaces. The resentful Ned gets even with Cliff by accusing our hero of starting a bloody cattle stampede. Now a fugitive from justice, Cliff heads for the hills, pausing only to abduct his former sweetheart Prudence (Eileen Percy), who has become Ned's wife. Proving his innocence, Cliff wins Prudence's love all over again, while the trouble-making Ned considerately dies and removes himself from the picture (but not before finally demonstrating that he's made of the "right stuff" after all).