The Sunset Princess (1918)

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By the time she appeared in this Western, 16-year-old Marjorie Daw was a seasoned veteran in motion pictures -- she'd been performing in them since the age of 13. Beauty (Daw) had been left motherless and she was raised by her father, Yellowstone Pete, and his cowboys pals. As a result, by the time she is a young woman, she can ride with the best of 'em and her sweetheart is Buck Dawson (Wallace Coburn), the son of a neighboring ranchman. But Beauty is still a touch naïve, and when a tourist comes by Pete's home, he seduces the girl with his romantic-sounding stories about his travels. Soon, she is infatuated with the stranger, who convinces her to elope with him. When they get to Butte, he gets drunk, forces himself into her hotel room and attacks her. Back at home, Beauty's farewell note has been found and the cook has warned Dawson and Pete that she is in danger. They go to Butte, where they find the distraught Beauty and Dawson swears vengeance. He tracks the bad guy to a deserted cabin and proceeds to beat him to a pulp. A fire breaks out, which only forces the men to continue their fight out of doors. A posse shows up, but Dawson insists that they let him finish the fight on his own, which they do.