Girl of the Rancho (1920)

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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

Rather plumb and coarse-looking, the Texas Guinan of 1920 certainly doesn't seem like she would one day become the toast of New York's nightlife. Yet here she is, shooting and fighting like the best of her male contemporaries and earning a reputation as the "female William S. Hart." There is a surprisingly violent scene in The Girl of the Rancho, where the villain Valdez not only attempts to strangle the kid sister's nurse but also brands Texas in her face with a cigarette butt. Like many of the era's serial queens, Texas Guinan needs no man to fight her battles, and, although presumably scarred for life, bravely forges ahead and reclaims the little sister.