Straight Shooting
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Straight Shooting
Long thought lost, the 1917 western Straight Shootin' was rediscovered in the vaults of the Czech Film Archive. Thus, and thankfully, was safely preserved the very first feature-length effort of director John Ford. Harry Carey stars as a "good badman" type, slightly emulating William S. Hart without ever sacrificing his own distinct style. A professional gunman, Carey intervenes on behalf of the downtrodden homesteaders during a violent range war. Expanded from its intended two-reel length to five reels during production, the film allowed Ford to invest a great deal of humanity… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"John Ford apprentice work, with interesting subjects of water rights and private property"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Has pretty much one thing going for it only, and that's Harry Carey... look for the signs of future mastery here, and you look in vain."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"One of the earliest building blocks in the John Ford pyramid, but first of all a consistently lovely cowpoke yarn"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
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