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The Ranchman's Rival (1909)

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Jim Watson, cow puncher, big, brusque man of the plains, falls in love with Annie Morgan, the daughter of a fairly prosperous Western ranchman. After a short courtship Annie is won and ... See full summary »

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Jim Watson
John B. O'Brien ...
Walter Milton
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Joseph Smith ...
The Girl's Father
William A. Russell ...
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Jim Watson, cow puncher, big, brusque man of the plains, falls in love with Annie Morgan, the daughter of a fairly prosperous Western ranchman. After a short courtship Annie is won and plans for the marriage are made. Annie and Jim quarrel and at this most opportune time, Walter Milton, a wealthy young Easterner, honks into town in his big four-cylinder touring car, becomes enamored of the pretty Annie and lays plans for the frustration of the happy romance. Milton contrives to obtain an introduction and invites Annie for an auto ride. He laughs at her efforts to resist the temptation and she finally yields. It is the old story of the lure of the gold that glitters. Annie is persuaded by Milton to return Jim's ring and to wed him. Jim is sent away broken-hearted, but resigned in the belief that Milton can make her happier. Milton's intentions are the lowest and most despicable. He arranges with a Mexican "greaser" to pose as a "preacher" and perform the fake ceremony. A clergyman's ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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This was Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson's first leading role in a Essanay Western. See more »

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Carries one along irresistibly
30 January 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A story of the West with the spirit of the big, broad ranches in the scenes and the love of a liberal-hearted cowboy for a Western girl to add interest to the tale. The story is well told and there is a dash and go to the picture which can be imagined, but must be seen to be appreciated. The arrival of the apparently wealthy Eastern man, with the automobile, representing the lure of gold, followed by the coaxing of Annie to leave her Western lover and accept him, the arrangements for the false marriage, the sudden arrival of the Eastern man's wife, and all the attendant scenes and incidents add zest to the occasion. It is one of those stories which carry one along irresistibly and leave one wishing there were more of it, even though some of it is not altogether pleasant. - The Moving Picture World, December 25, 1909


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