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 ...
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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 »
On arrival to a town, a pastor converts, then falls in love with, a saloon dancer, the once girlfriend of William S. Hart's character. Nearly half this early feature-length film is the sequence where the pastor converts the saloon dancer, while Hart drinks, then fights, to reconcile himself over the matter--all within the saloon. It's good pacing, but not much else happens. There's some supposed dilemma that Hart has over the conflict between his thievery and his new friendship with the pastor--hardly stirring. Along with "The Bargain", this was one of Hart's first feature-length Westerns. Both begin with a theatrical introduction of the actors and then a scene of Hart robbing a stagecoach. It took a few minutes into "On the Night Stage" before I was sure I wasn't somehow watching "The Bargain" again.
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