Secret Man (1917)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Western star Harry Carey and director John Ford worked together on quite a few films. Not all of them were winners, however, and this one was definitely below par. Cheyenne Harry (Carey) escapes from prison and hops on a train. He is aided by ranch owner Henry Beaufort (Morris Foster), who gives him some clothes and lets him sleep in his stateroom. Harry goes on to find a job as a cowboy but is forced to flee when he is seen by the sheriff (Vester Pegg). Beaufort has a little girl, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Janes), and he asks Pedro (Steve Clemente), who is taking care of her, to take her to another town. But Pedro is drunk and loses control of the wagon, and is killed in the ensuing accident. Harry finds the wreck and takes charge of Elizabeth. Because the child is hurt and dying of thirst, he lets himself be captured so that she will get help. The town decides to raffle the girl off to the highest bidder, but she recognizes her mother in Molly, the sheriff's sister (Edith Sterling). Mother and child are reunited, but the sheriff goes in search of the man he believes ruined his sister. He heads for Beaufort, and Molly confides her dilemma to Harry. With the help of Chuck, the deputy (Hoot Gibson), Harry escapes and keeps the sheriff from shooting Beaufort. When Molly arrives, she explains that they were secretly married so that it wouldn't affect Beaufort's status in his uncle's will. Since the uncle has just died, they no longer need to keep quiet.