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The Two Gun Sermon (1912)

Ralph Foster, a young minister, comes to the little western town of Silver Bell, to organize a congregation. The town never boasted a church or a minister, so when Foster stepped off the ... See full summary »

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Ralph Foster, a young minister, comes to the little western town of Silver Bell, to organize a congregation. The town never boasted a church or a minister, so when Foster stepped off the train, be was greeted with laughter. His first efforts were met with jeers, but he went bravely on. Ed Bowman, a drunkard with a wife and family of small children, came to his notice, and after much persuasion he succeeded in taking him from the saloon of Silver Dick and bringing him back to his family. Believing that the minister was taking his "trade" away, Silver Dick packed the minister's belongings and put him out of his hotel. The minister then built a home near the school, where he held his meetings and told his congregation of women and children that he had come to stay. One day, when about to hold a meeting, Mrs. Bowman came to implore him to bring her husband from the saloon. With grim determination he went after Bowman, only to meet with physical resistance. Bowman fought him, but the young... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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1 August 1912 (USA)  »

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Not intended for the comparatively few cynical-minded spectators
13 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

The situation of the parson coming to a rough Western town and winning the respect of the cow punchers is not new. He also, as in other pictures, wins the love of the pretty cow girl, who is filled with admiration by his prowess. The story is artificially conceived and is not intended for the comparatively few cynical-minded spectators. Most of those who see pictures like to see the right triumph over wrong by force. The reason is that in that way they can feel it. Wrong irritates us; we want to get behind the screen and punch the villains. The minister had to use two guns to scare up a congregation; but then he made good in his sermon. That is why we commend this picture; it satisfies. - The Moving Picture World, August 17, 1912


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