Hitchin' Posts (1920)

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Following the Civil War, Southerner Jefferson Todd (Frank Mayo) finds himself broke, so he becomes a river boat gambler. One of his fellow card players is Colonel Brereton (Mark Fenton), who bets four horses -- the last of his possessions -- and loses. As a result, he commits suicide and Todd is left to explain things to the Colonel's daughter, Ophelia (Beatrice Burnham). But his wicked brother-in-law, Raoul Castiga (Jason Harris) has already tried to turn Ophelia against Todd. Eventually Ophelia sees Castiga as the scoundrel he really is and he and Todd wind up in a duel. Castiga shoots before the count is over, but Todd is uninjured. Todd and Ophelia decide to stake claims in the West, as does Castiga. On the night after the land rush, Todd and Castiga battle it out once again and this time Castiga falls into a pool and drowns. Is it any surprise that this manly picture was an early directorial effort by John Ford?