The Better Man Wins

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French-born director Marcel Perez directed this obscure, but surviving, silent western in which a cowboy (Pete Morrison) falls for a sophisticated femme fatale (Gene Crosby). Morrison's Bill Harrison is committed to Nell, the rancher's daughter (Dorothy Woods), when a road accident brings travelling nightclub owner Dick Murray (Jack Walters) and his kept girlfriend (Crosby) into their lives. The handsomely dressed woman makes a play for the cowboy and, having recuperated from a broken leg, manages to lure him to her lair in Chicago. Having lost the farm after her father's (E.L. Van Sickle) death, the naive Nell is persuaded by the smooth-talking Murray to appear at his Chicago nitery. She almost suffers a fate worse than death, but is saved in the nick of time by Bill, who has had enough of life as a lounge lizard. Slightly more sophisticated in approach than most independent westerns of the era, The Better Man Wins is consistently entertaining and includes a quite realistic automobile wreck. The site of the burly, ill-at-ease Morrison in top hat and tails crashing a nightclub on horseback is another of the film's memorable moments.

Cast

Dorothy Woods
as Nell Thompson
Pete Morrison
as Bill Harrison
Gene Crosby
as Grace Parker
E.L. VanSickle
as Hugh Thompson
Jack Walters
as Dick Murray
Tom D. Bates
as Dr. Gale

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