Straight Shooting (1917)

Western | 27 August 1917

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HISTORY

Modern sources cite this as the first feature-length picture of director John Ford, who was billed as Jack Ford on the film. According to interviews with the director which have been published, the film was supposed to have been a two-reeler, but studio executives thought that the film was too good to cut down. Previous to this film Ford had directed a number of shorts, including some two reel Cheyenne Harry pictures. This was the first Cheyenne Harry feature. The film was re-released by Universal in 1925 under the copyrighted title of Straight Shootin' . According to modern sources, George Scott was the cameraman on the ... More Less

Modern sources cite this as the first feature-length picture of director John Ford, who was billed as Jack Ford on the film. According to interviews with the director which have been published, the film was supposed to have been a two-reeler, but studio executives thought that the film was too good to cut down. Previous to this film Ford had directed a number of shorts, including some two reel Cheyenne Harry pictures. This was the first Cheyenne Harry feature. The film was re-released by Universal in 1925 under the copyrighted title of Straight Shootin' . According to modern sources, George Scott was the cameraman on the film. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
8 Sep 17
p. 1668, 1688
MPW
1 Sep 17
p. 1432.
MPW
8 Sep 17
p. 1519.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Straight Shootin'
Release Date:
27 August 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
20 August 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11276
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Rancher Thunder Flint, who has resolved to drive the farmers out, sends Danny Morgan with a warning to Sweetwater Sims, a prominent farmer, to leave. After Flint hires outlaw Cheyenne Harry and Placer Fremont to enforce his demands, Harry and Fremont have a riotous drink together in a hotel saloon. When Harry sees Sims and his daughter Joan at the funeral of Sims' son Tom, who was shot by Fremont, he vows to help them and tells Flint's foreman that he is through with them. Danny overhears Flint plot to kill Harry and informs Harry. Harry's gunfight in the street with Fremont ends in Fremont's death. After the farmers band together at the Sims' farmhouse, the ranchers surround them in a siege. Harry convinces a large outlaw band to help and the ranchers are routed. Joan, who now loves Harry, is disappointed when he leaves, and Danny, who loves her, returns instead. She finds Harry in the woods about to leave, and they ... +


Rancher Thunder Flint, who has resolved to drive the farmers out, sends Danny Morgan with a warning to Sweetwater Sims, a prominent farmer, to leave. After Flint hires outlaw Cheyenne Harry and Placer Fremont to enforce his demands, Harry and Fremont have a riotous drink together in a hotel saloon. When Harry sees Sims and his daughter Joan at the funeral of Sims' son Tom, who was shot by Fremont, he vows to help them and tells Flint's foreman that he is through with them. Danny overhears Flint plot to kill Harry and informs Harry. Harry's gunfight in the street with Fremont ends in Fremont's death. After the farmers band together at the Sims' farmhouse, the ranchers surround them in a siege. Harry convinces a large outlaw band to help and the ranchers are routed. Joan, who now loves Harry, is disappointed when he leaves, and Danny, who loves her, returns instead. She finds Harry in the woods about to leave, and they embrace. +

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