A wanted cattle thief risks imprisonment when he tries to help a sick rancher and his daughter. He takes the man into town to see a doctor, and he is recognized and arrested.
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Clara Williams ...
Millie Merrill
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Chick Morrison
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Broncho Billy, our hero in this instance, is a bad man of the first water, cattle rustler, black knight of the road, and his depredations number at countless midnight raids on stray cattle bunches, stage hold-ups to lonesome in lonesome mountain passes, and a few "shooting-up" affairs. However, Billy's record is getting too strong for even the sheriff of the county and a posse is organized to take the bad man in his lair. Yet Billy does not lack friends, as is evidenced by the following note from an unknown friend: "Friend Broncho: The Vigilantes Committee suspect you of cattle rustling. The sheriff is on your trail. You will stretch a hemp if you are caught. A Friend." Words go a long way in the west, and Billy, who has received the note at his shack, hurriedly saddles his pony and rides away. An hour later he draws rein at a prairie schooner outfit, pulled up under the trees of a little grove, the horses cropping the grass round about and a sweet-faced young girl cooking coffee over... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Western | Short

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30 July 1910 (USA)  »

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Without even a suspicion of a love story
2 August 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A fascinating story of life on the plains, showing how even a bad man found his heart and developed a strain of goodness he did not know he possessed when he found a girl and her father in need of assistance. He brings them safely to town where they can obtain medicines, but in doing so subjects himself to arrest. However, when the sheriff understands what the desperado has done he permits him to go free on his promise that he will mend his ways. With no killing, without even a suspicion of a love story, this film is strangely interesting. There is a whole lot of humanity represented in it, and one feels something of the inspiration of an optimism which inculcates the belief that there is some good in everyone, provided that the means for discovering it can be found. Perhaps nothing makes such a strong appeal as weakness, and sometimes, as is so graphically shown in this film, much good is accomplished even by those who are weak and apparently helpless. - The Moving Picture World, August 13, 1910


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