The Unbroken Promise (1919)

Western | 27 July 1919

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HISTORY

This film was shot in Texas. Knibbs' novel was filmed twice by Universal: in 1920 as Sundown Slim (see above), and in 1925 as The Burning Trail , with William Desmond starring and Arthur Rosson directing. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

This film was shot in Texas. Knibbs' novel was filmed twice by Universal: in 1920 as Sundown Slim (see above), and in 1925 as The Burning Trail , with William Desmond starring and Arthur Rosson directing. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.0695) More Less

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ETR
19 Jul 19
p. 571.
MPN
26 Jul 19
p. 939.
MPW
26 Jul 19
p. 579, 81
New York Morning Telegraph
2 Mar 19
p.7.
Variety
1 Aug 19
p. 53.
Wid's
13 Jul 19
p. 7.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Sundown Slim by Henry Herbert Knibbs (Boston, 1915).
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 July 1919
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Nell Loring, a Texas sheep rancher's daughter, stops a fight between her father and his neighbor John Corliss, a cattleman, who have feuded for years. Although John loves Nell, he keeps it secret when she promises to marry his errant brother Billy if he stops drinking. After John rescues Nell from a runaway horse, though, she confesses that she really loves him. Worried about the feud, Nell makes John promise never to kill anyone. After Billy is wounded in a barroom brawl, John refuses him money until he reforms. Angered, Billy plots with Fadeaway, a cowboy John dismissed, to rob John's safe. John remembers his promise during his subsequent fight with Fadeaway and only punches him soundly. After Fadeaway is killed by the sister of a woman he betrayed, John, believing that Nell killed him, plants evidence to convict himself. Although Billy, now reformed, tries to take the blame, the murderer's written confession frees John to marry ... +


Nell Loring, a Texas sheep rancher's daughter, stops a fight between her father and his neighbor John Corliss, a cattleman, who have feuded for years. Although John loves Nell, he keeps it secret when she promises to marry his errant brother Billy if he stops drinking. After John rescues Nell from a runaway horse, though, she confesses that she really loves him. Worried about the feud, Nell makes John promise never to kill anyone. After Billy is wounded in a barroom brawl, John refuses him money until he reforms. Angered, Billy plots with Fadeaway, a cowboy John dismissed, to rob John's safe. John remembers his promise during his subsequent fight with Fadeaway and only punches him soundly. After Fadeaway is killed by the sister of a woman he betrayed, John, believing that Nell killed him, plants evidence to convict himself. Although Billy, now reformed, tries to take the blame, the murderer's written confession frees John to marry Nell. +

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