Straight Shooting (1917)





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This otherwise fairly average silent Western was John Ford's debut as a feature film director. Not too distinguishable from other Westerns of the period (especially those of William S. Hart whom star Harry Carey rather obviously emulated), Straight Shooting tells the story of a bad man (Carey) who's hired by a rancher (Duke R. Lee) to scare a group of dirt farmers off their land. Carey turns into the proverbial good-bad man when he falls for farmer's daughter Molly Malone, and instead of fighting them, helps the farmers against their tormentor. This film was expanded from a 2-reeler into a 5-reel feature film during production, according to some historians a clear proof of Ford's genius even at the tender age of 22. It was more likely the burgeoning popularity of Harry Carey that convinced the powers at be at Universal to expand the film. Straight Shooting) was partially lensed on the Universal back lot's famous Mauser Street and on locations at Newhall, California.
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Harry Carey
as Cheyenne Harry
George Berrell
as Sweetwatet- Sims
Duke R. Lee
as Flint
Vester Pegg
as Freemont
Ted Brooks
as Ted Sims
Hoot Gibson
as Danny
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Critic Reviews for Straight Shooting

All Critics (3)

John Ford apprentice work, with interesting subjects of water rights and private property

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Classic Film and Television

Has pretty much one thing going for it only, and that's Harry Carey... look for the signs of future mastery here, and you look in vain.

Full Review… | March 31, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the earliest building blocks in the John Ford pyramid, but first of all a consistently lovely cowpoke yarn

Full Review… | April 2, 2010

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