A stagecoach robber falls in love with a saloon girl. However, she falls for a pastor, who converts her; she marries him. The robber is so impressed by this that he decides to turn over a ... See full summary »
A stagecoach robber falls in love with a saloon girl. However, she falls for a pastor, who converts her; she marries him. The robber is so impressed by this that he decides to turn over a new leaf. However, a shady gambler sets his sights on the former saloon girl, and the robber has to protect her from his advances. Written by
Surviving prints of this film are held by the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, the UCLA Film and Television Archive in Los Angeles, and the Newhall/William S. Hart film collection. See more »
Minister Robert Edeson (as Austin, the "Sky Pilot") arrives in a bawdy Wyoming town, and books himself a room in the local saloon. At first, the locals make fun of Mr. Edeson's prayerful ways; but, sexy saloon dancer Rhea Mitchell (as Belle Shields) warms up to him. This doesn't sit well with stagecoach robber William S. Hart (as Texas), who was planning to wed Ms. Mitchell. Seeing the light of the Lord, Mitchell leaves Mr. Hart, and her dance hall days, for a life with Parson Edeson. Eventually, the white light shines on Hart, too. Then, the surprisingly fickle Mitchell begins to step out with tempting Herschel Mayall (as "Handsome Jack" Malone); and, Hart rushes to defend his ex-girlfriend's honor.
Reginald Barker's "On the Night Stage" is no "Bargain", but it does have Hart; who was, at the time, the biggest box office star in the country. Hart performs his part well. But, the scenario is absurd; with the weak-willed "Belle Shields" saddled with an increasingly most difficult to comprehend motivation.
*** On the Night Stage (4/15/15) Reginald Barker ~ William S. Hart, Robert Edeson, Rhea Mitchell
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