Jim Houston, the "Shootin' Iron" Parson, comes to Barren Gulch to reform the morals of the frontier community. He receives the support of "Birdshot" Bivens, the sheriff of the county. Jim's... See full summary »

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Jim Houston, the "Shootin' Iron" Parson, comes to Barren Gulch to reform the morals of the frontier community. He receives the support of "Birdshot" Bivens, the sheriff of the county. Jim's wife, Mary, however, is a weak character. She falls a prey to the seduction of Dr. Hardy, the village gambler and saloon keeper, and elopes with him. Jim Houston, forsaking the ministry, goes to the mountains and cares for his child in a log cabin home. Later the child falls very ill. Mary, in a mountain storm, comes unwittingly to their door. Dr. Hardy is sent for as the only physician in the district. He ministers to the child and confronts Houston, who intends to kill him. Mary is asked to make her choice between Houston and Dr. Hardy. She points towards the child and goes to its bedside. Houston forgives his wife and instead of killing Hardy permits him to go unharmed. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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17 October 1915 (USA)  »

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The Lord Blinks
11 June 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

God sends frontier parson and gunslinger William S. Hart (as Jim Houston), his pretty wife Dorothy Dalton (as Mary), and their cute little daughter Thelma Salter (as Alice) to the western town of "Barren Gulch". Of course, Mr. Hart finds the town sinfully in need of his services. He needn't have looked any further than his own back yard, however; soon, Ms. Dalton decides to run off with the local sleaze, Robert McKim (as "Doc" Hardy) after he is nice to her in the grocery store. The Lord must have blinked when Mr. McKim winked.

Thomas H. Ince's "The Disciple" is inexplicable. Hart is an odd man of God, threatening a flock at gunpoint, "Are you going' to force me to preach to cripples?" Dalton's abandonment of her husband and young daughter is not very plausible, assuming Hart fathered the impossibly blonde curled girl. Dalton performs well, considering the weak material; and, perversely, her scenes with McKim look good. Although unseen, "God" is a character who becomes more and more involved in the plot, which makes it more silly than not.

** The Disciple (10/17/15) William S. Hart ~ William S. Hart, Dorothy Dalton, Robert McKim


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