The Light of Western Stars (1918)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

Although this was the first time this particular Zane Grey novel was filmed, it wouldn't be the last -- it was remade in 1925, 1930, and 1940. Dustin Farnum stars, and his wife, Winifred Kingston, is his co-star. After a few drinks, Gene Stewart, a rowdy cowboy (Farnum), bets Sheriff Hawes (Burt Apling) that he will marry the first girl that comes to town. That girl happens to be Majesty Hammond (Kingston), and Stewart immediately drags her off to Padre Marcos (Josef Swickard, brother of director Charles Swickard). Only after the ceremony does Stewart discover that Majesty is the sister of his boss, ranch owner Al Hammond (Edward Hearn). Majesty protects Stewart from her brother's wrath, and then he disappears over the border. Back at the ranch, Majesty runs afoul of Don Carlos (George Fields), who has her kidnapped and taken to the hills. Stewart comes out of his self-imposed exile to rescue Majesty. He is captured by Don Carlos and Majesty saves him from being shot. By now, she has learned to love Stewart and the couple are happily united.