The Gun Woman (1918)

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According to The Moving Picture World, "Never jilt a woman who can shoot" was one of the recommended advertising phrases for this Western starring Texas Guinan. Perhaps Guinan was a bit ahead of her time; while she made a number of films before she became the Roaring Twenties' queen of the nightclubs, her tough-girl persona seemed a bit out of place in a world where the feminine ideal was the ethereal Lillian Gish. Guinan's character in this picture is aptly named the Tigress. The lady owns a dance and gambling hall and has already put quite a few varmints under ground with her six-shooters. But she's no match for a man known as the Gent (Francis MacDonald), who finds her weak spot -- her heart. He convinces the Tigress that she has always wanted to settle down with a good man, and she hands over all her savings so that he can make a real home for her. But the Gent takes the money and uses it to open his own gambling hall in a new mining camp. When the Tigress realizes she's been had, she gives the Gent 30 days to get her money back. When he fails, she guns him down in cold blood and rides off with a more worthy man (Ed Brady).