Cliff Hudspeth, the leader of a band of outlaws in Arizona, has won his place by the killing of notorious gun-bullies. At their headquarters, in the Gila Mountains, in consultation with "... See full summary »

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Cliff Hudspeth
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El Salvador
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Cliff Hudspeth, the leader of a band of outlaws in Arizona, has won his place by the killing of notorious gun-bullies. At their headquarters, in the Gila Mountains, in consultation with "Ace High," his lieutenant, he plans depredations on the neighboring settlements. Although Hudspeth is powerful, their rule is disputed by El Salvador, a half-breed, and his following of desperadoes. Desert Pass is the scene of many conflicts between the contending bands. Rumors of the arrival of miners with gold causes El Salvador to send "Cactus" Fuller, his henchman, to levy tribute by a hold-up, which is successful. Flushed with triumph, he boasts in the "Golden Fleece" saloon of the ignominies to which he would treat Cliff Hudspeth if he ever met him. Hudspeth arrives and makes Cactus, whom he throws out of the saloon, realize that something must be done to retrieve a shattered reputation. Coming out of the saloon, Hudspeth sees Norma Wright, a milliner, standing at the door of her little store, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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11 February 1917 (USA)  »

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He is the same man he was in other plays of the same kind
2 February 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

"The Gun-Fighter," by Monte M. Katterjohn, is well constructed and consistent in both development and direction, but it is too obviously a vehicle for Mr. Hart and therefore lacking in that first value of a play, originality. Mr. Katterjohn has done much better work, especially in characterization. This story reverts to a role Mr. Hart ought to be thoroughly tired of, that of a Western tough whose soft spot is found by a woman of refinement. He has played it so often that one might get the impression that he would not be effective in any other part, whereas he would really be more impressive in a purely human characterization, that of a man of complex impulses and qualities, rather than the purely heroic, long since shelved by dramatists and novelists as lacking in verisimilitude. Few of us are really heroic, but the very fact that we are human and err at times while we go straight at others brings such an impersonation closer to audience sympathies. Mr. Hart, to use a newspaper expression, "follows copy." He is the same man he was in other plays of the same kind, the same exponent of brute strength, modified in some sudden and almost unaccountable conversion when a young lady comes on the scene, as if he had never seen one before in his whole life. As a gun-fighter he must be quick to shoot, yet he makes the heroic claim that he always gives the other fellow a chance. There is really nothing even heroic about being a good shot. How much more fascinating to see so capable an actor play the part of a real man, "In doubt to act or rest, in doubt to deem himself a god or beast, in doubt his mind or body to prefer, born but to die and reasoning but to err." "Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled, the glory, jest and riddle of the world." Hart's interesting personality and the constant action of "The Gun-Fighter" constitute its chief attractions. – The Moving Picture World, February 10, 1917


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