Shootin' Square
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This otherwise fairly average silent western contains a sequence as racist in its own seemingly innocuous way as anything D.W. Griffith ever committed. But unlike the treatment of African-Americans in Birth of a Nation, which at least had the excuse of being a period piece, the offensive elements of the modern-dress Shootin' Square are played as natural and understanding behavior. Ranch foreman Jack Perrin's upcoming nuptials with his boss' daughter (Peggy O'Day) hits a snag when the minister (Martin Turner) proves to be black. "How could you do this to me?" O'Day… More