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Out of the elite and civilized east into the rough and primitive west there comes a little party which judged the desert must be larger than all New York, and their trail a little longer than the Gay White Way. Ruth Harkness, who has inherited the Flying W ranch from a relative, heads the timid little band. A prim and conventional aunt and uncle and Willard Masten, her fiancé, all dolled up according to his Fifth Avenue tailors ideas of the west, accompany her. Headlong the little party plunges into the meshes of a conspiracy of two cowboys to mulct the girl of her holdings. Rex Randerson, a happy-go-lucky ranger with a clear-gray eye, steps in to frustrate the plot, and incidentally falls in love with Ruth. This enrages Masten, who joins the conspirators and extends their plot to include Randerson's death. The girl and the ranger are caught in their "death trap'' and count themselves lost, but the fearlessness of Rex in a single-handed battle with the villains saves the day. Ruth ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The Range Boss (1917) -- Lost Silent
3 August 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When Ruth Harkness ( Ruth King ) inherits the Flying W ranch, she goes West with her aunt, uncle and Willard Masten ( Carl Stockdale ), her fiancé, to claim it. While attempting to cross a shallow river, the group is aided and befriended by Rex Randerson ( Jack Gardner ), a carefree cowboy whose efforts are rewarded later with a job as the boss of the Flying W. Although Masten takes advantage of and seduces the neighbor's daughter, he resents the growing love between Ruth and Rex and plots with two Flying W cowhands, who are jealous of Rex's new position, to have the cowboy killed. Lured into a fight with the two roughnecks, Rex battles his way out at gunpoint and, riding at top speed, saves Rita from assault. As soon as Rex escapes from this situation, however, the offended girl's father accuses him of Masten's misdeed and threatens to kill him. After a desperate horse ride, the girl arrives in time to expose Masten and exonerate Rex. His bravery and innocence proved, Rex marries Ruth.

This 1917 silent western was based on novel The Range Boss by Charles Alden Seltzer and produced by the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. This film is now listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.


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