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Director  John Ford
Produced by  Pat Powers
Duration  
Language  Silent
4/10 IMDb

Genre  Western
Cast  Harry Carey
Country  United States
Bare Fists movie poster
Release date  May 5, 1919 (1919-05-05)
Writer  Eugene B. Lewis, Bernard McConville (story)
Genres  Western, Silent film, Indie film, Black-and-white
Similar movies  John Ford directed Bare Fists and The Scarlet Drop

Bare Fists (also known as The Man Who Wouldn’t Shoot) is a 1919 American Western film directed by John Ford and featuring Harry Carey. It is considered to be a lost film.

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John Ford and actor Harry Carey collaborated on at least 25 films in the years of 1917-1921. During these collaborations, Carey made more per film than Ford. By 1919 Ford was making 300 dollars a week, Carey was making 1,250. This differential in pay led to tension between the two.

Plot

The film takes place in a lawless town in southwestern Kansas during the era of outlaws and cowboys. After the marshal is killed while breaking up a saloon fight, his son, Cheyenne Harry avenges his father’s death by killing two of the men involved. His mother pleads with him to never carry a gun again and Cheyenne Harry agrees.

Harry is wooing the beautiful Conchita. Conchita is also being wooed by the devious Boone Travis. Travis, in order to eliminate his rival, murders a man and frames Harry. Harry is sentenced to die, but is allowed one last visit to see his mother. During this trip he is told that his brother Bud was attacked and branded by cattle thieves. Harry escapes custody and punishes the men who attacked his brother. He is also cleared of the charge of murder.

Cast

  • Harry Carey as Cheyenne Harry
  • Betty Schade as Conchita
  • Joe Harris as Boone Travis
  • Vester Pegg as Lopez
  • Mollie McConnell as Conchita's Mother (as Molly McConnell)
  • Anna Mae Walthall as Ruby (as Anna May Walthall)
  • Howard Enstedt as Bud
  • Joseph W. Girard as Harry's Father (as Joseph Girard)
  • References

    Bare Fists Wikipedia
    Bare Fists IMDb