While Satan Sleeps (1922)

Genres - Action, Drama, Western  |  
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This Western -- which like many silent-era pictures was based on a Saturday Evening Post story (this one by Peter B. Kyne) -- was Jack Holt's second starring vehicle. The rough character he plays here suited him well, and he would continue to find success playing virile fighting men throughout his career. With the help of Red Barton (Wade Boteler), Phil (Holt) makes a spectacular escape from jail. He obtains a parson's outfit from a pawnshop and shortly thereafter winds up in a barroom brawl. One of the other brawlers is Chuckwalla Bill (J.P. Lockney), the newly elected mayor of the town of Panamint. Bill likes Phil's style and brings him in as the new pastor. To make his way in this tough Western town, the pseudo-preacher has to fight his way through the town's rough element. He wins the town's respect -- and the love of dancehall girl Sunflower Sadie (Mabel Van Buren). He also wins over the religious people of Panamint and brings the two opposing factions, good and bad, together. But then the law catches up with him and he has to go back to prison to finish his term. Sadie promises to wait for him, and when he finally is released, there she is, with open arms.

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bank, bishop, church, congregation, conversion, danger, disguise, escape, father, frontier, love, partner, past, prison, return, sentimental, son, time, town