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Keno Bates, Liar (1915)

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Jim Maitland (Gordon Mullen) loses his last cent gambling the Double Stamp saloon and gambling hall, and shortly after it closes, he robs the proprietors "Keno" Bates (William S. Hart) and ... See full summary »

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Jim Maitland (Gordon Mullen) loses his last cent gambling the Double Stamp saloon and gambling hall, and shortly after it closes, he robs the proprietors "Keno" Bates (William S. Hart) and "Wind River" (Herschel Mayall) are robbed, at gunpoint. After the surprise, they track Maitland down, and Keno shoots him dead on self defense. Keno goes through his belongings and finds a letter and a locket; the letter announces the arrival of the deceased's sister, and the locket has a cameo picture of Doris Maitland (Margaret Thompson). Thus, Keno tells Wind River they must do a heap of lying. Meeting the girl at the stagecoach's arrival, Keeno feels responsible for the innocent and attractive Ms. Maitland; he tells her a white lie, that her brother was a good man, "killed in a mine accident," who had left her a cabin and money - and Keno turns his own cabin over to Doris. Keno and Doris began to fall in love. Anita (Louise Glaum), a dance-hall girl, aggressively tries to seduce Keno. Keno ... Written by Artemis-9

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27 August 1915 (USA)  »

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The Last Card
3 June 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Western saloon and gambling hall proprietors William S. Hart (as "Keno" Bates) and Herschel Mayall (as "Wind River") are robbed, at gunpoint, by Gordon Mullen (as Jim Maitland), after he loses his last cent gambling with Mr. Hart. Hart and Mr. Mayall track Mr. Mullen down, and Hart shoots him dead. On Mullen's body, Hart finds a note announcing the arrival of the deceased's sister, Margaret Thompson (as Doris Maitland). Meeting her stagecoach, Hart feels responsible for the innocent and attractive Ms. Thompson; he tells her Mullen was more honorably "killed in a mine accident." Moreover, Keno turns his cabin over to Thompson, saying it belonged to her brother. Romance blossoms; then, jealous saloon dancer Louise Glaum (as Anita) threatens to expose "Keno Bates, Liar".

Reissued as "The Last Card", this Thomas H. Ince production features a "catfight" between Hart's rivaling women. Regular character player Mayall has a featured role. The shooting of Mullen features some good camera-work; and, he's a more complex than the usual "villain", since Hart (presumably) hustled the man's money from him. And, Thompson has an amazingly bad aim, unless she intended to only wound her target.

***** Keno Bates, Liar (8/27/15) William S. Hart ~ William S. Hart, Herschel Mayall, Margaret Thompson


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