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By Indian Post (1919)

Jode McWilliams, the foreman of Circle O, is in love with Peg, the daughter of Pa Owens, the owner of the ranch. The trouble is that daddy won't allow! Which does not stop Jode from wanting... See full summary »

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(story "The Trail of the Billy-Doo"), (scenario)
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Duke R. Lee ...
Magda Lane ...
Edward Burns ...
(as Ed Burns)
Jack Woods ...
Dutch
Harley Chambers ...
Fritz
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Chub -Jode's Helpful Cowboy Friend
Jim Moore ...
Two Horns - a Facetious Indian
Jack Walters ...
Andy
Otto Meyer ...
Swede (as Otto Myers)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Jones ...
Stumpy aka Beany - a Poet of a Cook
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Jode McWilliams, the foreman of Circle O, is in love with Peg, the daughter of Pa Owens, the owner of the ranch. The trouble is that daddy won't allow! Which does not stop Jode from wanting to marry Peg. He asks Stumpy, the cook, to help him write a love letter to the lady of his heart. The other cowhands find it and, with a view to making fun of Jode, nail it to the door. Two Horns, an Indian, steals it and ... delivers it to Peg. When Jode and his posse, pursuing the facetious redskin, arrive at the Owenses' house, Jode's boss has already found out. A showdown ensues and the young man, who has lost the fight, is made prisoner and held in a room. But he is rescued by his pal Chub and a helpful parson marry the two lovebirds. Away they ride from the reluctant father towards happiness. Written by Guy Bellinger

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24 May 1919 (USA)  »

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The Love Letter  »

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Was ever a woman so rudely wooed? Why, yes.
10 December 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is the sort of rough comedy that Ford had been making at least since the previous year's "Bucking Broadway" and would continue to make regularly through DONOVAN'S REEF. It is not a particularly distinguished member of the club -- which includes the Oscar-winning THE QUIET MAN. However, any John Ford picture is worth looking at at least once.

One thing worth noting is Ford's fine and, for the era, advanced sense of framing. True, he still uses irised shots as a substitute for a medium close in two-shot, but that is a common convention for the era. Of more interest is his strong use of framing lines to reduce the effective composition of shots in a fashion that most directors would not catch on to for another five years..... but then, he always said that was his sole strength as a director.

Did anyone believe him?


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