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Straight Shooting (1917)

Passed | | Western | 27 August 1917 (USA)
Cattleman Flint cuts off farmer Sims' water supply. When Sims' son Ted goes for water, one of Flint's men kills him. Cheyenne is sent to finish off Sims, but finding the family at the newly dug grave, he changes sides.

Director:

John Ford (as Jack Ford)

Writer:

George Hively (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harry Carey ... Cheyenne Harry
Duke R. Lee Duke R. Lee ... Thunder Flint (as Duke Lee)
George Berrell ... Sweet Water Sims
Molly Malone Molly Malone ... Joan Sims
Ted Brooks Ted Brooks ... Ted Sims
Hoot Gibson ... Sam Turner (Danny Morgan in credits)
Milton Brown Milton Brown ... Black-Eye Pete (as Milt Brown)
Vester Pegg Vester Pegg ... Placer Fremont
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Storyline

Cattleman Flint cuts off farmer Sims' water supply. When Sims' son Ted goes for water, one of Flint's men kills him. Cheyenne is sent to finish off Sims, but finding the family at the newly dug grave, he changes sides.

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A story of a western bad man who turned to the right through the influence of a haunting pair of hazel eyes. (Print Ad- Bend Bulletin, ((Bend, Ore.)) 10 December 1917)

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joan of the Cattlelands See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1998 George Eastman House Restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film was considered lost until a copy was found in the Czechoslovak Film Archive. There is now a copy at George Eastman House. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1925 a two-reel version was released with the title Straight Shootin'. See more »

Connections

Featured in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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Derivative Beginnings
14 September 2005 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

This is notable for being an early directorial effort by John Ford, the great Western filmmaker. It's short and simple--about a feud between ranchers and farmers over water supply. The print I saw was missing some brief footage, and the film isn't in the best shape. Still, it is clearly unimpressive. There are plenty of shots with open doorways, and one might find similarities with Ford's later work, but the static camera positioning is prosaic even for 1917.

Harry Carey's Cheyenne Harry is a bandit turned good after seeing an attractive female--a role too similar to the one William S. Hart had already introduced to the screen in nearly every one of his vehicles. And, the climax of "Straight Shooting" seems to be taken straight from D.W. Griffith; it especially resembles "The Birth of a Nation" in a clumsy, derivative way. Eventually, Ford would improve upon past films and film-making, but here he was just copying others.


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