The Western Law That Failed (1913)

Dave Morgan, out of work and despondent, decides to go west and find a position. He leaves behind a broken hearted mother. Out in the west, where men are usually kind hearted and generous, ... See full summary »

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Arthur Mackley
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Arthur Mackley ... The Rancher
True Boardman ... Dave Morgan
Charles La Due Charles La Due
Slim Padgett Slim Padgett
Jack Woods Jack Woods ... (as Jack Wood)
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Dave Morgan, out of work and despondent, decides to go west and find a position. He leaves behind a broken hearted mother. Out in the west, where men are usually kind hearted and generous, he finds everybody seemingly turned against him. Impossible to get work, he decides to use underhanded methods in securing enough money to return east. Dave discovers a young fellow by the name of Tom Ryan, talking to a number of his fellow cowpunchers. Overhearing the conversation, Morgan learns that Tom has just received a letter from his wife, stating that a baby boy has been born and for the proud father to return to his home in the east immediately. Tom is about to leave, when he is accosted by Morgan, who asks him if he can take his job on the ranch. Tom tells Dave to see the owner, and gives the latter some money. While so doing, Tom accidentally drops the letter he received from his wife. Dave picks it up and runs after Tom to return it. Tom gets away without the note. After seeing the boss ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Western

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To be regretted that he should put a premium on deception
31 July 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

It is hard to understand why Arthur Mackley would in these days go so far as to put a rope around a man's neck and throw the rope over the limb of a tree. It is also to be regretted that he should put a premium on deception as in this play. A down-and-out is given money by a man about to leave for the east; at the same time the benefactor drops a note to the effect that he is wanted back home to welcome a new baby. The down-and-out, unable to secure work, decides to steal a horse. He is captured and stands under a tree with a rope about his neck. The culprit tells the group of his hard luck and shows them the letter he has found. They think it genuine and from his wife; they release him, give him a lot of money and send him home to his mother. - The Moving Picture World, March 8, 1913


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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25 February 1913 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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