'Red' Bowman is a worthless renegade, an alleged rustler, to whom fate has been unduly kind to allow him to escape so long the honest judgment and double earned punishment. His daughter, a ... See full summary »
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Sophie Osborn ...
The Cowpuncher's Ward, as a Child
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The Cowpuncher's Ward, as an Adult
Fred Church
John B. O'Brien
Clara Williams
Franklin Hall ...
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Neva Don Carlos
Joseph Smith
Fred Ilenstine
Earl Howell
Lois Boulton
Nancy Robbins
Mae McCaskey
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'Red' Bowman is a worthless renegade, an alleged rustler, to whom fate has been unduly kind to allow him to escape so long the honest judgment and double earned punishment. His daughter, a curly-headed ragged little sunbeam, keeps house for him as best she can, accepting with model fortitude her brutal father's blows and lashings. When he beats her too mercilessly she runs away, if she can, to hide until his anger cools. One day he is interrupted in his amusement of "lickin' the kid" by a group of stern, determined cowboys, who threaten to lynch him if he dares whip the little girl again. 'Red' slinks away and postpones the lashing for another time. That night, he and a pal, another black-hearted scoundrel, make a raid on a bunch of cattle, but are caught in the act. The pal is shot down in his tracks, but Bowman is pursued, captured and unhesitatingly 'swung.' His little girl, now luckily an orphan, is taken under the protecting wings of her cowboy friends, who, after she is a little... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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There is a bigness to this film which is impressive
31 May 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A story of the West pulsating with the life and animation which are characteristic of that region. The way the cowboys take the part of the unfortunate little girl is worthy of their great hearts, and the beautiful woman into which she develops may well appreciate their kindness. Later, when Bud Folsom confesses to a crime he didn't commit to save her from the gallows, the audience thrills with the intensity of its suppressed feelings. But the most dramatic scene of all comes when the white mistress of the cowboy half-breed, who actually committed the crime, denounces him in court at the peril of her own life. Then when Bud is set free and he and Ellen embrace, there is no question of the result. There is a bigness to this film which is impressive, but can scarcely be described. It seems to embody the wide sweep of the landscape and to depict the freedom of the great country in which the scenes are laid. It is a successful picture and one that will appeal with more than ordinary strength to a large number of people. - The Moving Picture World, May 28, 1910


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