Starring: William S. Hart, Barbara Bedford
Plot: It’s 1889 and the Cherokee Strip is about to be opened to settlers. After cowboy Dan Carver helps move the Box K cattle off the strip he meets Molly Lassiter. Attracted to her he decides to try to file on the Box K ranch for her. But when he returns to the strip to check for stray cattle, he is arrested as a Sooner and is now unable to participate in the land rush.
This is the 1939 re-issue which had sound effects added, as well as a moving prologue filmed especially for this version. It features William S. Hart coming out of retirement and describing the film and then talking about his career and in effect saying goodbye to all of his fans. He had left films after “Tumbleweeds” following a dispute with the film’s distributor. Hart was an experienced Shakespearean actor before he began his career as a movie actor, and his skill at expression through movement and posture is never more apparent then in this jewel of a movie. While most of Hart’s peers in the world of western adventure were athletes who excelled at stunts in their movies, Hart’s acting skills were his strongest suite.