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The working title of this film was Mountain Law ... More Less

The working title of this film was Mountain Law . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
28 Sep 18
p. 1419.
MPN
5 Oct 18
p. 2258.
MPW
21 Sep 18
pp. 1776-77.
NYDM
18 Apr 18
pp. 1079-80.
Variety
27 Sep 18
p. 42.
Wid's
22 Sep 18
pp. 9-10.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Mountain Law
Release Date:
15 September 1918
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,006
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Rufe Dorsey, the brutal, unscrupulous boss of Santee, covets homesteader Donald McLane's oil-rich lands as well as his pretty sweetheart, Julia Wharton. To get him out of the way, Dorsey and his henchmen frame Donald for murder and imprison him. While Julia's brothers smuggle Donald out of prison and into hiding on the Wharton ranch, Julia writes to the state governor for help, and soon a stranger appears and begins to question the local homesteaders about the case. Dorsey discovers Donald's whereabouts, and he and his men ride to the ranch and open fire. The stranger, who believes that Donald is innocent, wires the state militia for reinforcements and then joins forces with the Whartons to defend the ranch. The stranger reveals to Dorsey that he is the governor of the state, and in desperation, the outlaw tries to kill him. At that moment the state militia arrives and Dorsey is finally ... +


Rufe Dorsey, the brutal, unscrupulous boss of Santee, covets homesteader Donald McLane's oil-rich lands as well as his pretty sweetheart, Julia Wharton. To get him out of the way, Dorsey and his henchmen frame Donald for murder and imprison him. While Julia's brothers smuggle Donald out of prison and into hiding on the Wharton ranch, Julia writes to the state governor for help, and soon a stranger appears and begins to question the local homesteaders about the case. Dorsey discovers Donald's whereabouts, and he and his men ride to the ranch and open fire. The stranger, who believes that Donald is innocent, wires the state militia for reinforcements and then joins forces with the Whartons to defend the ranch. The stranger reveals to Dorsey that he is the governor of the state, and in desperation, the outlaw tries to kill him. At that moment the state militia arrives and Dorsey is finally defeated. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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