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The Square Deal Man (1917)

 -  Western  -  25 May 1917 (USA)
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A gambler decides to play one last game before he turns over a new leaf. However, during the game one of the players accuses him of cheating. Suddenly the lights go out, shots are fired and... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Jack O'Diamonds
Mary McIvor ...
Virginia Ransome
Joseph J. Dowling ...
Two Spot Hargis - the sidekick (as J. J. Dowling)
Mary Jane Irving ...
Blossom - the child
J. Frank Burke ...
Colonel Byrd Ransome
Darrell Foss ...
Kisaburo Kurihara ...
Anastacio - Pedro's friend (as Thos. Kerihara)
Milton Ross ...
Preaching Dan
Charles O. Rush ...
Broadway Hammersley (as Chas. O. Rush)


A gambler decides to play one last game before he turns over a new leaf. However, during the game one of the players accuses him of cheating. Suddenly the lights go out, shots are fired and when the lights come back on, one of the players is dead. The gambler is accused of the killing. He didn't do it, but has to find out who did, and why he was framed for it. Written by

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The regeneration of a square-jawed westerner who staked his all on the love of a girl and won.







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25 May 1917 (USA)  »

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Revolverhelten  »

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Hart and Company well up to standard! The print, alas, is not!
12 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

In this scenario by J.G. Hawks, William S. Hart plays the title character, Jack O'Diamonds, a saloon owner and professional gambler who decides to reform when Preaching Dan (Milton Ross), who is happy to accept donations from dance-hall girls, refuses his contribution and that of his side-kick, Two Spot (J.J. Dowling). After a handsome win from Colonel Ransome (J. Frank Burke), Jack, Two Spot and the orphaned child, Blossom (Mary Jane Irving) take a job helping out the colonel's daughter, Virginia Ransome (Mary McIvor). Virginia is being threatened by her Mexican foreman, Pedro (Darrell Foss) and his pal, Anastacio (Thomas Kurihara).

Interesting characters and a few neat twists keep our attention at a high level in this William S. Hart entry, despite the poor condition in which the movie survives. Originally, the screenplay came to a fine action climax – but unfortunately most of this is now missing.

Never mind, we still have the fascinating characters. One of the saloon regulars, for example, is an educated four-flusher, Broadway Hammersley (ingratiatingly enacted by Charles O. Rush), who is in much demand because he can actually translate legalese into plain English.

Director, Lambert Hillyer, adopts a pleasantly realistic, steady-as-she-goes style. The photography by Joseph August was no doubt up to his usual high standard (hard to tell in the present, washed-out print). Art direction is credited to Robert Brunton. Thomas Ince supervised. Original release date: 25 May 1917.

The movie was never copyrighted, however, and has always been in the Public Domain. Despite this latitude, the film survives in only two prints, one of which has lost the entire last half of the movie, and the other (this one!) missing around 10 minutes from the action climax.

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