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Harry Carey (1878 – 1947) was  one of silent film's earliest superstars and a B-Western Star. Also Carey, one of Hollywood's finest character actors of the sound era, received an Oscar nomination for his role as the President of the Senate in the 1939 film, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  Carey is best remembered as one of the first stars of the Western film genre. One of his most popular roles was as the good-hearted outlaw Cheyenne Harry, in movie serials directed by John Ford. The Cheyenne Harry franchise spanned three decades, starting with A Knight of the Range (1916) through Aces Wild (1936).

Harry Carey was the father of Harry Carey Jr., who was also a prominent actor.


1.  Without Honor (1932) - Harry Carey
A gambler with an unsavory past (Harry Carey) joins the Texas Rangers in hopes of finding the true perpetrators of the killings in which his brother (Gibson Gowland) is implicated.

2.  The Night Rider (1932) - Harry Carey
Officer John Brown (Harry Carey) is after the outlaw known as the Night Rider.  Posing as Jim Blake he takes a job on the Rogers ranch. He finds the secret passage from the Rogers mine to the Rogers house used by the Night Rider and also a note written by the Night Rider to his henchmen. Practicing his hand writing, he has a plan to trap him.

3.  Port of Missing Girls (1938) - Harry Carey
A misogynistic sea captain (Harry Carey) learns that a woman on the lam has stowed away on his ship.

4.  Night Rider (1932) Harry Carry - Officer John Brown is after the outlaw known as the Night Rider. Posing as Jim Blake he takes a job on the Rogers ranch. He finds the secret passage from the Rogers mine to the Rogers house used by the Night Rider and also a note written by the Night Rider to his henchmen.

5.  Border Devils (1932) - Harry Carey - Jim Gray (Harry Carey) is falsely arrested for the murder of his friend. Jim breaks out of jail to prove he is innocent and find the true killers. Jim discovers a mysterious figure is behind smuggling illegal immigrants and murder.

6.  Cavalier of the West (1931) - Harry Carey - Burgess and Greeley are rustling horses and shooting Indians. When they kill Manual they frame Lieutenant Allister (Kane Richmond).  His older brother John (Harry Carey) now attempts to defend him at his murder trial.

7.  Wagon Trail (1935) - Harry Carey - The son of Sheriff Clay Hartley (Harry Carey), of the frontier town Elder, has gotten into bad company and hangs out with an outlaw gang in which, Collins, owner of the Golden Rule Saloon, is the secret head. Sheriff Hartley suspects him, but has been unable to gather the needed evidence. Collins instructs his gang, including young Hartley, to hold up the stagecoach on its return trip from Missionary Flats and take the cargo of gold dust it is carrying. Sheriff Hartley is notified of the planned holdup by one of his deputies who has been spying on Collins, and organizes a posse. A deputy-sheriff is killed in the ensuing gunfight between the lawmen and the outlaws, but Deputy Joe Larkin, pursues and captures Clay Hartley Jr. The latter is quickly tried and convicted of the killing of the deputy, and sentenced to be hung. Sheriff Hartley has only a few hours to prove his son was not the killer. He enlists the aid of Collins' step-daughter, Joan, who is in love with Hartley's son. 

8.  Wild Mustang (1935) -  Harry Carey - When outlaw Utah Evans escapes prison to terrorize the town of Texana, the old Sheriff (Harry Carey) who locked him up the first time comes out of retirement to chase him down and capture him again.  [Added]

9.  Straight Shooting (Harry Carey, Hoot Gibson) 1917 – Silent Movie 57 min.  Directed by John Ford (referred to Jack Ford in this movie).

Cattleman Flint cuts off farmer Sims' water supply. When Sims' son Ted goes for water, one of Flint's men kills him. Cheyenne Harry (Harry Carry) is sent to finish off Sims, but finding the family at the newly dug grave, he changes sides. Hoot Gibson plays Danny Morgan (but is called Sam Turner in this movie).  John Ford's first feature-length production was Straight Shooting (August 1917), which is also his earliest complete surviving film as director, and one of only two survivors from his twenty-five-film collaboration with Harry Carey. In making the film Ford and Carey ignored studio orders and turned in five reels instead of two, and it was only through the intervention of Carl Laemmle (founder of Universal Studios) that the film escaped being cut for its first release, although it was subsequently edited down to two reels for re-release in the late 1920s.

One of Harry Carey’s most popular roles was as the good-hearted outlaw Cheyenne Harry. The Cheyenne Harry franchise spanned two decades, from A Knight of the Range (1916) to Aces Wild (1936).  Straight Shooting is just one of the many Cheyenne Harry movies.





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