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Up or Down?(1917)

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When Allan Corey, a young writer who is out of ideas, encounters Mike beating up a man who abused his horse, he asks Mike to accompany him West for inspiration. Mike, who was recently released from prison, goes along with the idea, but looks for a chance to return to crime as soon as possible. The two stop at the ranch of Esther Hollister where Mike is able to plan a series of robberies. Because he cleverly drags four horses along with him, Mike's crimes are wrongfully attributed to the gang of "Texas" Jack, who are hiding in the vicinity. Esther is disgusted with Allan when he does nothing to stop a bank robbery that they witness, so to prove his mettle, he finds and captures Texas Jack's gang single-handedly, and even finds the loot that Mike hid nearby. The adventure gives Allen great ideas for a new novel and gives Esther ideas to marry her daring hero. Mike, not wanting to see the wrong bandits convicted, releases them from prison one night, but instead of returning to his life of crime, he returns to his partner at the ranch instead.