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A Gun Fightin' Gentleman (1919)

"Cheyenne Harry", owner of the biggest cattle ranch in his corner of the west, is having trouble with John Merritt, a land-grabbing Chicago meat-packer. By some artifice of shrewd legal aid... See full summary »


John Ford (as Jack Ford)


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Cast overview:
Harry Carey ... Cheyenne Harry
J. Barney Sherry ... John Merritt
Kathleen O'Connor ... Helen Merritt
Harry von Meter ... Earl of Jollywell (as Harry V. Meter)
Lydia Yeamans Titus Lydia Yeamans Titus ... Helen's Aunt (as Lydia Titus)
Duke R. Lee Duke R. Lee ... Buck Regan
Joe Harris Joe Harris ... Seymour
John Cook John Cook ... Old Sheriff (as Johnnie Cooke)
Ted Brooks Ted Brooks ... The 'Youngster'


"Cheyenne Harry", owner of the biggest cattle ranch in his corner of the west, is having trouble with John Merritt, a land-grabbing Chicago meat-packer. By some artifice of shrewd legal aid, Merritt manages to seize Harry's ranch under a bogus writ of foreclosure. Failing to get justice by his many letters to Merritt, "Cheyenne Harry" goes east and calls at the millionaire's mansion. At first, Merritt refuses to see him. Then, to cause amusement for his daughter, Helen, and her guests, he invites the "uncouth" westerner into his dining hall. He is sure that he will make some grave error in table deportment and afford them all a laugh. To the amazement of Merrit and the guests Harry's table manners are faultless. Then, to trick him into an embarrassing position, Merritt eats with his knife. Harry, realizing that it is proper for the guest to follow the example of the host, does likewise. He leaves the house chagrined but more determined than ever to get justice from Merritt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

29 November 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gun-Fighting Gentleman See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Originally five reels long (some sources say six). Only three reels are known to survive. See more »


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Early Ford Film Shows Some of His Comic Flair
22 July 2018 | by lchadbou-326-26592See all my reviews

It isn,t fair to judge this early John Ford Western,as the surviving copy I saw was only the first three of the original 5 1/2 reels,and the print came from the Netherlands so had intertitles in Dutch.The part that made the most of an impression on me was a bit of comedy involving table etiquette.When the cowboy played by Harry Carey goes to the mansion of a wealthy businessman in the second reel, to speak to him about a problem,the assembled elite try to trick the rustic character,whose use of utensils is perfectly proper,into using a knife to eat peas by mistake.In the next reel,when the daughter of the businessman is in the Westerner,s simple cabin,he turns the tables on her by depriving her of utensils at all when they are now seated to eat.The third reel by the way shows evidence of decomposition.Hopefully the rest of this piece of Ford,s beginnings will turn up so we can see,other than reading a synopsis,how it plays put .

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