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A Gun Fightin' Gentleman
Alternate Title: The Gun-Fighting Gentleman
Director: Jack Ford (Dir)
Release Date:   29 Nov 1919
Duration (in reels):   5-6
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Cast:   Harry Carey (Cheyenne Harry)  
    J. Barney Sherry (John Merritt)  
    Kathleen O'Connor (Helen Merritt)  
    Harry Meter (Earl of Jollywell)  
    Lydia Titus (Helen's aunt)  
    Duke Lee (Buck Regan)  
    Joe Harris (Seymour)  
    Johnnie Cooke (Old sheriff)  
    Ted Brooks (The "Youngster")  

Summary: Ranchman Cheyenne Harry refuses to sell his land to the neighboring Merritt Packing Company, owned by crooked cattle baron John Merritt, despite offered deals and attempts on Harry's life. Harry is dispossessed, however, when Merritt's attorneys find a flaw in Harry's title. Harry goes to Merritt's mansion in Chicago and, after surviving the attempts of Merritt's daughter Helen to ridicule his Western clothes and manners at a plush dinner party where Harry displays impeccable etiquette, Merritt refuses to settle with him, so Harry vows to get even. Periodically Harry then robs Merritt's payroll, each time sending Merritt a receipt for the amount taken to be credited to his account. When Helen visits the ranch, Harry abducts her and sends Merritt a receipt marked "paid in full." Harry's aggressive tactics gradually win Helen's heart and when Merritt and a posse arrive, her confession of love causes Merritt to settle with Harry. 

Production Company: Universal Film Mfg Co.  
Distribution Company: Universal Film Mfg Co.  
Director: Jack Ford (Dir)
Writer: Hal Hoadley (Scen)
  Harry Carey (Story)
  Jack Ford (Story)
Photography: John W. Brown (Cam)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc. 28/11/1919 dd/mm/yyyy LP14483

Physical Properties: b&w:
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Genre: Western
 
Subjects (Major): Chicago (IL)
  Courtship--Aggressive
  Land rights
  Ranchers
 
Subjects (Minor): Abduction
  Etiquette
  Lawyers
  Mansions
  Parties
  Posses
  Robbery

Note: Some reviews refer to the film as The Gun-Fighting Gentleman , while other reviews and the copyright records refer to it as A Gun Fightin' Gentleman . This film was one of many featuring the character of Cheyenne Harry. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   29 Nov 19   p. 2247.
MPN   6 Dec 19   p. 4141.
New York Morning Telegraph   23 Nov 1919.   
Wid's   30 Nov 19   p. 11.

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