Faith and Endurin' (1918)

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According to whichever source one reads, this Triangle western was either titled Faith Endurin' or Faith and Endurin'. By any name, the film was a vehicle for Roy Stewart, a cowboy actor whose screen personality fell somewhere between the two extremes represented by William S. Hart and Tom Mix. After saving the life of Jim Lee (W.A. Jeffries), hero Jeff Flagg (Stewart) goes into partnership with Lee and builds a ranch. Their property is on a stretch of land coveted by villainous copper miner Edward Crane (Edward Brady). In cahoots with the local sheriff, Crane frames a deal which will oust Flagg and Lee from their property. If ever man needed killin', it is Crane, but the man who pulls the trigger is not Flagg or Lee, but instead the brother of heroine Helen Dryer (Fritzie Ridgeway). Deeply in love with Helen, Flagg shoulders the blame for the murder and takes a powder, with the crooked sheriff in hot pursuit. Our hero ends up in a faraway town, where his old partner Lee has just been appointed sheriff. Despite the most damning evidence, Lee has "enduring faith" that Flagg is innocent -- and it is this faith which clears the path for the film's ultimately happy conclusion.