"Easy money" seems to be in sight for "Scar-Faced Bill," a cattle rustler, when he overhears Jones, a ranch owner, offer John Winthrop $500 for his horse, which Jones very much admires. ... See full summary »
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Dance Hall Nell - Bill's Sweetheart
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"Easy money" seems to be in sight for "Scar-Faced Bill," a cattle rustler, when he overhears Jones, a ranch owner, offer John Winthrop $500 for his horse, which Jones very much admires. Bill plans to steal Winthrop's horse, deliver it to Jones and get away with the money. Winthrop is very much in love with Dolly Dixon, and is very fond of Polly, her youngest sister, who is an excellent horsewoman and a great friend of the cowboys. She happens to be with him when Mr. Jones makes the agreement to buy the horse. "Dance Hall Nell" stands in with "Scar-Faced Bill," who instructs her to follow him when he gets away with Winthrop's broncho and to delay, with her winning ways and cajolery, anybody who follows. Early the next morning Polly is out for a ride. She overhears Bill's friend discussing the stealing of Winthrop's horse and the carrying out of Bill's scheme. She spurs her horse and starts at breakneck gallop to warn Mr. Jones. On the way she meets "Dance Hall Nell," who tries to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Five Hundred Dollars of Golden West
28 May 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

When Tom Powers' $500 horse is stolen by a gang of thieves, sisters Helen Case and Lillian Christy get the goods on them. When Lillian is captured by the bad guys, the ranch hands ride out to rescue her in this Vitagraph western, which can be seen on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.

Although if you were looking for strong woman characters in this period, you went to Kalem, and if you wanted westerns, you looked at Essanay's films, every studio dabbled in the genres, and this is an example of Vitagraph getting into the act. It's still very watchable more than a hundred years later.

Lead actor Tom Powers had a long career in the movies, up to his death in 1955. The movie fan will recognize him as the husband and victim of Barbara Stanwyck in Billy Wilder's DOUBLE INDEMNITY.


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