Good Western from Vitagraph has Jim Saunders (Robert Thornby) going away to gamble and leaving his wife (Anne Schaefer) and child home alone. Wanted bandit Miguel Gomez (George Stanley) breaks into the house for some food but when he notices the child is sick he agrees to go and find the doctor. Along the way he crosses paths with Jim who wants to kill Miguel for the reward money. THE BETTER MAN is at times pretty far-fetched but it's entertaining enough to where film buffs will certainly want to check it out. It really does seem as if the company is trying to copy D.W. Griffith here as that director quite often delivered morality tales with bad characters doing good things. Quite often the Griffith films were over-sentimental and that's the case here as well because not for a second do you ever believe a bandit would risk everything to help someone else. With that said, it's easy to get caught up in the story and the three performances are quite good. There's an interesting sequence where the two men are fighting on the edge of a cliff but the way this scene is shot it appears that a large hole was dug and the men are fighting by it. This is actually pretty unique looking even though the follow-up shots show how fake it is.
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