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The Best Man Wins (1909)

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Charles Shea, the handsome young foreman of the Bar Z ranch, has won the love of the winsome daughter of his employer, John Graham. Alice and he are engaged to be married when a telegram ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
John B. O'Brien
Fred Church
William A. Russell
Chick Morrison
Pete Morrison
Sam Cunningham ...
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Joseph Dennis
Harry Hartzell
Walter E. Seig
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Charles Shea, the handsome young foreman of the Bar Z ranch, has won the love of the winsome daughter of his employer, John Graham. Alice and he are engaged to be married when a telegram announcing the death of his father and the request that he immediately return East, is handed Shea. Promising to return immediately the estate is settled. Shea bids Alice good-bye and leaves for the East. A year passes and no word from Charley. The girl is in despair and. though every cowpuncher on the place loves her madly, she refuses each one in turn, declaring that she will wait for Charley, whom she is sure will return soon. Graham, her father, however, is growing old and needs someone to take his place. He therefore desires that Alice marry as soon as possible and urges her to accept the suit of one of his men, all of them being honest, good-hearted fellows. She tells him that that is where the trouble lies. She likes them all and could not marry any one of them without hurting the rest. Finally... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Leaves everyone feeling pleasant
24 January 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A choice bit of comedy, well acted and illustrated with good, clear photography. The scene is laid on a ranch where all the boys want to marry one girl. Finally she posts a notice that she will marry the one who first returns with the marriage license. Away they go careering over the plains, up and down hills and through streams for that license. And here is the only weakness. The ride is too long. They get the licenses and start back, and the weakness is overcome. The return is much shorter. Meanwhile her real lover, who was called away a year before, appears, the parson is there and when the cowboys come galloping up with their licenses they are just in time to extend congratulations. It is one of those enjoyable comedies which leaves everyone feeling pleasant because somehow there is a feeling- that the right man did win. - The Moving Picture World, December 4, 1909


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