Tom Perkins, a Chicago youth, is arrested, charged with being one of the carbarn bandits, to whom is attributed a series of bold robberies. The disgraced parents also suffer for their son's... See full summary »
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Tom Perkins, a Chicago youth, is arrested, charged with being one of the carbarn bandits, to whom is attributed a series of bold robberies. The disgraced parents also suffer for their son's crimes, the elder Perkins being thrown out of a job, and they are forced to leave their rented cottage, on account of the bad character of their son. Perkins and his wife then go west to begin life anew. Tom, liberated from prison, goes west and becomes a bandit. He and his pal, Steve Ray, rob an express office in a general store, which is in charge of Tom's father, though the fact is unknown to Tom. Later, when he discovers that he has robbed his own father, he forces Ray to accompany him to the sheriff's office, where Tom confesses and asks that they be made to pay for their crime. In later years, when Tom is again released, he seeks out his parents, and having given proof of his reformation, obtains their blessing. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A Good Son
18 November 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Broncho Billy Anderson and his partner rob a store out west. Later, he discovers it is his father's store.

The short films that Anderson starred in, produced and often directed were extremely popular and helped to establish the western movie as a genre that flourished for half a century. They ranged from knockabout comedies through dark comedies. This is one of these that showed the redemption of a bad man -- a theme that would become the standard story for Anderson's successor as the leading cowboy star, William S. Hart. Anderson is clearly a skilled movie actor, relying more on doing things than waving his hands about, although there are a couple of overplayed scenes at moments of great character stress. Add in the usual impeccable camera-work and a well-restored print form the BFI and the result is a still-watchable movie.


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