Marked Men (1919)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This heartwarming Harry Carey Western was based on the story Three Godfathers by Peter B. Kyne, which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. Harry is in jail on a train robbery charge, along with his two pals Tom Gibbons (Joe Harris) and Tony Garcia (Ted Brooks). They break out of jail and go their separate ways until they meet up once again in a mining camp. Harry has met and fallen in love with Ruby Merrill (Winifred Westover), a decent girl who is forced to waitress at a dance hall due to unfortunate circumstances. Harry wants to lead an honest life, but his friends are plotting to rob a bank, and since they saved his life, he feels duty-bound to help them. After the robbery, the trio escape to the desert, where they come upon a wagon containing a woman giving birth. As she dies, she hands the newborn infant over to the men, begging them to bring up her daughter to be as good a person as they are. In the ensuing sandstorms, Gibbons and Garcia perish, but Harry makes it back to town with the baby. Ruth is waiting for him, but so is Sheriff Cushing (Charles Lemoyne). When Cushing finds out that the infant is his niece, he pardons Harry.