As the Sun Went Down (1919)

Western | 10 February 1919

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HISTORY

Author George D. Baker was the Manager of Production of Metro's West Coast studio. Pop Taylor and Cal Dugan were among eight veterans of the California mining camps in the 1850's, who appeared in the film. The copyright entry for this film lists its length at six ... More Less

Author George D. Baker was the Manager of Production of Metro's West Coast studio. Pop Taylor and Cal Dugan were among eight veterans of the California mining camps in the 1850's, who appeared in the film. The copyright entry for this film lists its length at six reels. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
22 Feb 19
p. 929.
MPN
22 Feb 19
p. 1227.
MPW
22 Feb 19
pp. 1108-09.
New York Morning Telegraph
22 Nov 1919.
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Variety
21 Feb 19
p. 68.
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 February 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 February 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13405
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Female gunfighter Colonel Billy is feared and respected by the men of California mining camp Rattlesnake Gulch, while the women shun her because of her reputed promiscuity during the gold rush days. When actor Gerald Morton, his wife Mabel, and their baby arrive from San Francisco with Albert Atherton, a preacher, the townsfolk, for a joke, send Atherton to board with Billy, who now loves prospector Faro Bill. While Atherton reforms Billy, news of Morton's gold strike reaches San Francisco. After the gambler Arbuthnot arrives with love letters to discredit Mabel and a plot to kill Morton, Arbuthnot's cohort, Pizen Ike, insults Mabel and Morton challenges him to a duel. For Morton's safety, Billy insists that she take his place. In the midst of the duel, Bill, whom Ike had thought he killed, appears with proof that Ike killed another miner. Ike flees to a cliff and is shot by Bill's friend, Gin Mill Jack. Arbuthnot clears Mabel's name and leaves, and Atherton, who discovers that Bill is his long-lost brother, marries Bill and ... +


Female gunfighter Colonel Billy is feared and respected by the men of California mining camp Rattlesnake Gulch, while the women shun her because of her reputed promiscuity during the gold rush days. When actor Gerald Morton, his wife Mabel, and their baby arrive from San Francisco with Albert Atherton, a preacher, the townsfolk, for a joke, send Atherton to board with Billy, who now loves prospector Faro Bill. While Atherton reforms Billy, news of Morton's gold strike reaches San Francisco. After the gambler Arbuthnot arrives with love letters to discredit Mabel and a plot to kill Morton, Arbuthnot's cohort, Pizen Ike, insults Mabel and Morton challenges him to a duel. For Morton's safety, Billy insists that she take his place. In the midst of the duel, Bill, whom Ike had thought he killed, appears with proof that Ike killed another miner. Ike flees to a cliff and is shot by Bill's friend, Gin Mill Jack. Arbuthnot clears Mabel's name and leaves, and Atherton, who discovers that Bill is his long-lost brother, marries Bill and Billy. +

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