Straight Shooting (1917)

A landmark in the history of the Western, this was John Ford’s — here using the name Jack — first feature and the comeback for Harry Carey, who began playing the character of Cheyenne Harry a year before in A Knight of the Range and would portray the character until 1936’s Aces Wild.

Cheyenne Harry may be an outlaw, but he has a good heart. In this movie, he’s hired by a rancher named Thunder Flint to kick the Sims family off his farmland. It all ends up as most of these stories do, with the rich ranchers against the poor farmers.

Hoot Gibson, who was second to only Tom Mix as a star between the World Wars, also appears.

Straight Shooting is available on blu ray and DVD from Kino Lorber and is packed with special features including audio commentary by film historian and Ford biographer Joseph McBride (author of Searching for John Ford), a video essay by film critic Tag Gallagher and the lone surviving fragment of Ford’s 1920 film Hitchin’ Posts, preserved by the Library of Congress, and a music score by Michael Gatt. The Blu-ray edition also includes a booklet essay by Tag Gallagher.

The foremost reason to purchase this is the gorgeous transfer, which takes a piece of history and makes it feel raw, vibrant and new.

Thanks to Kino Lorber for sending this to us.

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