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The Best Man Wins (1911)

An Easterner wins the girl of his choice in a Western ploughing contest.


(as Thomas Ricketts)


(as Thomas Ricketts)


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Cast overview:
Harold - the Dashing City Chap
Farmer Russell
Alice Davenport ...
Mrs. Russell - the Farmer's Wife
Gordon - the Ranch Foreman


Gordon, the foreman of Bassett's fifty-acre farm, is in love with Dottie Bassett. The girl, however, fails to reciprocate. The big farm has to be ploughed, and Bassett urges his daughter to smile on Gordon's suit. Dottie, however, falls to see things through her papa's glasses. A barn dance is about to be held; it is the event of the year. All the boys fight for the privilege of taking Miss Bassett to the dance. She decides to give everyone an equal chance, and incidentally have the farm ploughed. The man who wins the ploughing shall take her to the dance. This makes Gordon happy, so sure is he of victory. Harold, a young man from the Agricultural Department, at Washington, makes his appearance and is promptly smitten by Dottie's charms. This time the girl does not fail to reciprocate. While going to town, the horse takes fright and runs away. Gordon jumps out of the carriage, leaving Dottie at the mercy of the maddened animal. Harold dashes to the rescue and saves the girl in the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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25 December 1911 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The plowing bee was a lively one
12 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

A pretty heroine, the prettiest kind of scenery and natural acting will all be found in this picture which tells a romance in rural settings. The best man at plowing was to take the farmer-hotelkeeper's daughter to the barn dance; she seemed to be worth trying for, too. The peculiar form that this contest to prove the best man took (plowing) was her idea. Her father was worried about getting his fifty-acre lot plowed. There were guests at the hotel and there were young men of the village anxious for the honor and eager to be the best man. The plowing bee was a lively one. The man who won was a city chap and a guest at the hotel. The girl's father didn't like him at first. He proved to be an agricultural expert from the Department of Agriculture. So he won his pretty bride. There are many characters pictured around this central situation and there are lively incidents, one a runaway horse, which was conducted to seem like the real thing. It is a commendable picture. - The Moving Picture World, January 6, 1912

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