The Range Boss (1917)

Western | 16 July 1917

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HISTORY

This film was re-released on a state rights basis by Kremer Film Features in late ... More Less

This film was re-released on a state rights basis by Kremer Film Features in late 1920. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
21 Jul 17
p. 543.
Motog
21 Jul 17
p. 157.
MPN
28 Jul 17
p. 536, 627
MPN
15 Dec 17
p. 1646.
MPW
21 Jul 17
p. 542.
MPW
28 Jul 17
p. 653.
NYDM
21 Jul 17
p. 17.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Range Boss by Charles Alden Seltzer (Chicago, 1916).
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 July 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
6 July 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11067
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Ruth Harkness inherits the Flying W ranch, she goes West with her aunt, uncle and William Masten, her fiancé, to claim it. While attempting to cross a shallow river, the group is aided and befriended by Rex Randerson, a carefree cowboy whose efforts are rewarded later with a job as the boss of the Flying W. Although Masten takes advantage of and seduces the neighbor's daughter, he resents the growing love between Ruth and Rex and plots with two Flying W cowhands, who are jealous of Rex's new position, to have the cowboy killed. Lured into a fight with the two roughnecks, Rex battles his way out at gunpoint and, riding at top speed, saves Rita from assault. As soon as Rex escapes from this situation, however, the offended girl's father accuses him of Masten's misdeed and threatens to kill him. After a desperate horse ride, the girl arrives in time to expose Masten and exonerate Rex. His bravery and innocence proven, Rex marries ... +


When Ruth Harkness inherits the Flying W ranch, she goes West with her aunt, uncle and William Masten, her fiancé, to claim it. While attempting to cross a shallow river, the group is aided and befriended by Rex Randerson, a carefree cowboy whose efforts are rewarded later with a job as the boss of the Flying W. Although Masten takes advantage of and seduces the neighbor's daughter, he resents the growing love between Ruth and Rex and plots with two Flying W cowhands, who are jealous of Rex's new position, to have the cowboy killed. Lured into a fight with the two roughnecks, Rex battles his way out at gunpoint and, riding at top speed, saves Rita from assault. As soon as Rex escapes from this situation, however, the offended girl's father accuses him of Masten's misdeed and threatens to kill him. After a desperate horse ride, the girl arrives in time to expose Masten and exonerate Rex. His bravery and innocence proven, Rex marries Ruth. +

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