Roped (1919)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Ranch owner Cheynne Harry (Harry Carey) winds up romancing Easterner Aileen Judson-Brown (Neva Gerber) because of an advertisement run by his friends as a joke. Harry and Aileen fall in love, though, and he goes to New York to marry her. But her mother (Molly McConnell) sees Harry only as a meal ticket. She's a society woman who has lost her money and she has no use for this Westerner. She wishes to see her daughter divorce him so she can rake in the alimony. The couple have a baby, but one day Aileen's mother spirits it away and tells Harry that it is dead. In addition, she tells him that Aileen doesn't love him anymore. He goes back to his ranch in misery, and the mother tells Aileen that Harry has grown tired of her. However, the butler (J. Farrell McDonald), who sympathizes with the couple, wires Harry to come back. He does, escorted by his cowboys and finds the baby and discovers that his wife still does love him. So the scheming mother is thwarted, and Harry, Aileen and the baby leave her behind when they go to live on Harry's ranch. The director of this film, Jack Ford, became better known as John Ford a few years later; at this point in his career, he was busy directing most of Harry Carey's films.