Straight Shooting (1917)

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Cattleman Flint cuts off farmer Sims' water supply. When Sims' son Ted goes for water, one of Flint's men kills him. Cheyenne is sent to finish off Sims, but finding the family at the newly dug grave, he changes sides.




  • John Ford and Harry Carey in Straight Shooting (1917)
  • Harry Carey in Straight Shooting (1917)
  • Harry Carey and Duke R. Lee in Straight Shooting (1917)
  • Harry Carey and Molly Malone in Straight Shooting (1917)
  • Harry Carey in Straight Shooting (1917)
  • Harry Carey and Hoot Gibson in Straight Shooting (1917)

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John Ford


George Hively (story)

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14 September 2005 | Cineanalyst
| Derivative Beginnings
This is notable for being an early directorial effort by John Ford, the great Western filmmaker. It's short and simple--about a feud between ranchers and farmers over water supply. The print I saw was missing some brief footage, and the film isn't in the best shape. Still, it is clearly unimpressive. There are plenty of shots with open doorways, and one might find similarities with Ford's later work, but the static camera positioning is prosaic even for 1917.

Harry Carey's Cheyenne Harry is a bandit turned good after seeing an attractive female--a role too similar to the one William S. Hart had already introduced to the screen in nearly every one of his vehicles. And, the climax of "Straight Shooting" seems to be taken straight from D.W. Griffith; it especially resembles "The Birth of a Nation" in a clumsy, derivative way. Eventually, Ford would improve upon past films and film-making, but here he was just copying others.

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Release Date:

27 August 1917


None, English

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Filming Locations

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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