Vintage original 11 x 14 in. US lobby card from the teens silent film western drama, THE GUN FIGHTER, released in 1917 by the Triangle Distributing Corp. and directed by William S. Hart.The image depicts an exterior long shot of the Mexican bandit, "El Salvador" (Roy Laidlaw, center), as he gives instructions to his group of bandits as their horses rest in the background. It is unrestored in near-fine condition.
*"The Gun Fighter, on posters The Gunfighter, is a 1917 American silent Western film directed by and starring William S. Hart as the leader of a group of Arizona outlaws, and co-starred Margery Wilson and Roy Laidlaw."
*"Cliff Hudspeth, the leader of a band of outlaws in Arizona, has earned an infamous reputation as a gun fighter. Cliff's dominion is being challenged, however, by El Salvador, an outlaw half-breed and his gang. At the Golden Fleece saloon, Cactus Fuller, El Salvador's henchman, challenges Cliff to a shootout in which Cactus forfeits his life. Norma Wright, the town milliner, witnesses the gunfight and denounces Cliff as a cold-blooded murderer. Angered at Norma's accusation, Cliff seizes the girl and takes her to his cabin. There, drugged by whiskey, Cliff reviews his life and, confronted by the shades of his victims, he pledges to Norma that he will never kill again. Soon after, Cliff is offered a pardon if he will rid Arizona of El Salvador. Infuriated with Cliff's new appointment, El Salvador burns the town and drags Norma away to the mountains where Cliff rescues her and kills El Salvador, receiving a mortal wound in the battle. As Norma rides to safety, Cliff dies, consoled in the knowledge that his last killing was in her defense."
*(source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films)
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