Tom Carlton, leader of a band of Western bandits, tires of his life of crime and resolves to reform. Calling his band together, he tells them of his desire to be an honest man and advises ... See full summary »
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Tom Carlton
Fred Church
John B. O'Brien
William A. Russell
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Tom Carlton, leader of a band of Western bandits, tires of his life of crime and resolves to reform. Calling his band together, he tells them of his desire to be an honest man and advises them to follow in his steps. Although a recognized "road-agent," Carlton had never been convicted and went his way among the people without fear of arrest. Carlton finds that a resolution to be good is the first and easiest step in the reformation of a sinner. He applies for work on a ranch, but is refused because of his shady character. He wanders about the country and finally applies for a job at a mine. He works there until he is recognized as the former bandit and is again driven away. Disgusted and in despair, he wanders away, resolving to return to the old life. Making his way along the stage road, he stops to watch the coach go by. It carries many passengers, all of whom appear to be exceedingly prosperous. He resolves to hold up the coach and, stealing a horse from a cowboy, he gallops off ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The man who may be honestly trying to improve his ways
27 January 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A lesson might be drawn from this film useful to those who have in charge the numerous attempts to reform criminals as well as to the multitude who are ready enough to turn their backs upon the man who may be honestly trying to improve his ways. In this instance the road agent, unable to find anything to do, goes back to the original calling and holds up a stage, only to find his mother among the passengers, and with his face buried upon her shoulder his reformation is complete, and the picture closes leaving the impression that in this instance the one influence which could make the reformation genuine and permanent has unexpectedly been injected into this outlaw's life. - The Moving Picture World, December 18, 1909


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