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Straight Shooting

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Straight Shooting
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Directed byJohn Ford
Written byGeorge Hively
StarringHarry Carey
CinematographyBen F. Reynolds
George Scott
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • August 27, 1917 (1917-08-27)
Running time
57 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Straight Shooting is a 1917 American silent Western film directed by John Ford and featuring Harry Carey. Prints of this film survive in the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House.[1] Like many American films of the time, Straight Shooting was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors refused to issue a permit for this film as submitted as it consists of detailed portrayal of murder and outlawry.[2]

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At the end of the 19th century in the Far West, a farmer is fighting for his right to plough the plains. In order to expel the farmers, the ranchers try to control access to water.[3]



John Ford's older brother Francis proposed John to direct the film after the first director left. Harry Carey and John Ford hit it off immediately and continued to work together after the success of the film. Carey mentored Ford "he tutored me in the early years sort of brought me along".[4]

Most of the exterior sets were built and the film was shot on the Universal backlot. Ford concocted a scheme to make a feature length film out of what was budgeted to be a two reel film by telling Universal some of the exposed film had fallen in a river. When Universal realized that they had a full length film on their hands, the studio was upset. Studio executive Carl Laemmle pointed out that, if he paid for a suit and got an extra pair of pants, he wouldn’t just throw them away.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Straight Shooting". Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  2. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 5 (13): 33. September 22, 1917.
  3. ^ Review and synopsis "A cinema history: Straight shooting (1917)". Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  4. ^ Bogdonovich, Peter “John Ford”(2nd edition, Berkeley, University of California 1978)
  5. ^ McBride, Joseph commentary track for 2020 Kino-Lorber Blu-ray

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