Man Who Took a Chance (1917)

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After ten years in China, Monty Gray (Franklyn Farnum) meets up with old friend Wilbur Mason. He sees a photo of Wilbur's cousin, Constance (Agnes Vernon) and immediately falls in love with the girl. Wilbur warns him that Constance's mother is determined that she will marry someone of title, but this doesn't stop Monty. He becomes "Lord Winston Radleigh" so he can woo her. At a house party thrown by Constance's family, Monty finds he has competition in a man called the Duke of Cannister. But Constance -- who isn't as title-mad as her mother -- is not interested in the Duke, or in Monty's fake title. She is interested in Monty himself, however, and sets up a situation to test his mettle -- she has a group of cowboys from her father's ranch kidnap her. Monty rises to the occasion and comes to her rescue. He has beaten up most of the cowboys when Constance tells him it was a set up. She decides that Monty is the man for her, which is just as well because it turns out that the Duke was a phony and a con man.