Bare Fists (1919)

Western | 5 May 1919

Director:

John Ford

Writer:

Production Company:

Universal Film Mfg Co., Inc.
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HISTORY

The film was made under the title The Man Who Wouldn't Shoot and completed by Nov 1918 at the latest. It is possible that the film was altered between this time and Apr 1919, when it was reviewed as Bare Fists in trade journals. One modern source credits Joseph Girard as Harry's father and Molly McConnell as Harry's mother, not Conchita's ... More Less

The film was made under the title The Man Who Wouldn't Shoot and completed by Nov 1918 at the latest. It is possible that the film was altered between this time and Apr 1919, when it was reviewed as Bare Fists in trade journals. One modern source credits Joseph Girard as Harry's father and Molly McConnell as Harry's mother, not Conchita's mother. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
2 Nov 18
p. 2804.
MPN
26 Apr 19
p. 2709.
MPN
10 May 19
pp. 3045-47.
MPW
21 Nov 19
p. 55.
Variety
9 May 19
p. 49.
Wid's
20 Apr 19
p. 13.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Man Who Wouldn't Shoot
Release Date:
5 May 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 April 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13558
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

The marshal of a lawless border town in southwestern Kansas is killed while suppressing a saloon fight. His son, Cheyenne Harry, kills two of the slayers and then agrees to his mother's plea never to carry a gun again. Boone Travis, a rival for the affections of the beautiful Conchita, murders a man and frames Harry for the cold-blooded crime. Harry is sentenced to die, but, accompanied by the sheriff, allowed a farewell visit to his mother. When Harry learns that his brother Bud has been branded by cattle thieves, he escapes, punishes the thieves, and in the meantime clears himself of the murder ... +


The marshal of a lawless border town in southwestern Kansas is killed while suppressing a saloon fight. His son, Cheyenne Harry, kills two of the slayers and then agrees to his mother's plea never to carry a gun again. Boone Travis, a rival for the affections of the beautiful Conchita, murders a man and frames Harry for the cold-blooded crime. Harry is sentenced to die, but, accompanied by the sheriff, allowed a farewell visit to his mother. When Harry learns that his brother Bud has been branded by cattle thieves, he escapes, punishes the thieves, and in the meantime clears himself of the murder charge. +

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