Lost Treasures of the West: Three Word Brand/The Square Deal Man [DVD]

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Overview

Synopsis

Square Deal Man
In this William S. Hart picture, the cowboy star plays Jack O'Diamonds, a gun-toting gambler in a border town. A minister (Milton Ross) convinces him and his partner Two Spot (Joseph J. Dowling) to quit gambling since winning money from the average man causes women and children to suffer. On their last night at cards, Jack is up against Colonel Ransome (J. Frank Burke). When Jack wins all the Colonel's money and his hacienda, the Colonel accuses him of cheating. Jack draws his gun and the lights go out. When they come back on, the Colonel is dead and a couple of Mexicans are riding off. Jack sends for Virginia, the Colonel's daughter (Mary MacIvor), with the intention of giving her the ranch. When she arrives, he immediately falls in love with her and gives up his wild life to become the ranch's foreman. Meanwhile, the Mexican who really committed the murder is plotting to convince Virginia that Jack killed her father -- then she will send Jack away and the Mexican can run the ranch's cattle over the borderline and kidnap the girl. But his plot, of course, is foiled and Jack and Virginia find happiness together. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

The Three Word Brand
Twin brothers, separated at birth, are again found on opposite sides of the law in this typical William S. Hart western. Actually, Hart plays no less than three roles in this film: Ben Trego, a western pioneer who is killed during an Indian raid, and Trego's sons, both of whom are saved but adopted into different families. One grows up to become Paul Marsden, governor of Utah, the other, "Three Word" Brand (because of, as the title explains, the sparsity of his speech), the co-owner of a ranch. When the partner, Barton (S.J. Bingham) is falsely accused of murder and thrown in jail, "Three Word" urges the governor to intervene. The governor comes to investigate and, noticing the strong resemblance, "Three Brand" cooks up a scheme to derail the politician and take his place. At the capital, he manages to kill a crooked water bill and sign Barton's pardon. The brothers eventually learn the truth of their common parentage and "Three Word" is free to marry Barton's daughter Ethel (Jane Novak). According to contemporary reviews, Hart played his three roles to the hilt, and the film was highly praised for its fine camerawork (by the dependable Joseph H. August). ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • William S. Hart
    William S. Hart
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