Bare Fists
Bare Fists - newspaper 1919.jpg
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Directed byJohn Ford
Written byEugene B. Lewis
Bernard McConville
Produced byPat Powers
StarringHarry Carey
CinematographyJohn W. Brown
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 5, 1919 (1919-05-05)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

Bare Fists (also known as The Man Who Wouldn’t Shoot) [1] is a 1919 American Western film directed by John Ford and featuring Harry Carey. It is considered to be a lost film.[2]

John Ford and actor Harry Carey collaborated on at least 25 films in the years of 1917-1921. During these collaborations, Carey made more per film than Ford. By 1919 Ford was making 300 dollars a week, Carey was making 1,250. This differential in pay led to tension between the two.[3]


The film takes place in a lawless town in southwestern Kansas during the era of outlaws and cowboys. After the marshal is killed while breaking up a saloon fight, his son, Cheyenne Harry avenges his father’s death by killing two of the men involved. His mother pleads with him to never carry a gun again and Cheyenne Harry agrees.

Harry is wooing the beautiful Conchita. Conchita is also being wooed by the devious Boone Travis. In order to eliminate his rival, Travis murders a man and frames Harry. Harry is sentenced to die, but is allowed one last visit to see his mother. During this trip he is told that his brother Bud was attacked and branded by cattle thieves. Harry escapes custody and punishes the men who attacked his brother. He is also cleared of the charge of murder.


See also


  1. ^ "Bare Fists (1919) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Bare Fists". Retrieved February 27, 2008.
  3. ^ Levy, Bill (1998). John Ford: A Bio-bibliography. Greenwood Press. ISBN 0313275149.