Fireside Theater (1919)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Outlaw (Gunfighter) Film, Romantic Adventure  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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For quite a long while, director John Ford and silent cowboy star Harry Carey had a fruitful working relationship. This Western wasn't one of their better efforts, but it still benefits from Ford's fine understanding of the wide-open spaces, which is reflected in the scenic cinematography. Cheyenne Harry Henderson (Carey) is fed up with all the cattle rustling that's going on, but his efforts to stop it have been futile. He comes to realize that the Yucca county sheriff (Joel Harris) is in cahoots with the outlaws. He goes to Sheriff Faulkner of neighboring Pinkerton county (Duke R. Lee). Sheriff Faulkner claims his hands are tied, since Harry lives in Yucca county, but Harry solves this dilemma by hitching some horses to his cabin and moving it to Pinkerton county. The rustlers retaliate by kidnapping Sheriff Faulkner's daughter, Madeline (Peggy Pearce), whom Harry loves. Harry rescues the girl, and brings the rustlers to justice. During the trail, their friends break the bad guys out. Harry saves the day once again by luring the bad guys to his cabin and rendering them unconscious with firewater that has been dosed with knockout drops. With the rustlers out of the way, he can now settle down with Madeline.