The Big Punch
|The Big Punch|
Theatrical poster for The Big Punch (1921)
|Directed by||John Ford|
|Written by||John Ford
|Cinematography||Frank B. Good|
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
|Running time||50 minutes|
The Big Punch is a 1921 American western film directed by John Ford. Its survival status is classified as unknown, which suggests that it is a lost film. In France, the film was known under the title Un homme libre (meaning a free man).
As summarized in a film publication, Buck (Jones) consents to study for the ministry, and before leaving attempts to convince his worthless brother Jed (Curtis) to sober up and stay home with their mother (Lee) during Buck's absence. On the eve of his leaving Buck is implicated in a murder committed by Jed and his gang. Buck serves two years and upon his release completes his study for the ministry before returning home. People ridicule him and laugh at the "jailbird minister," as they call him. During one of his services, his brother and two pals enter the church to hide from the prison officials who are after them. Buck shields them, and they later come to his aid when Flash McGraw (Siegmann), the owner of a dance hall, has lured a Salvation Army girl (Bedford) to his room, and Buck has to fight the whole gang. A girl who believes McGraw is "throwing her over" reveals that McGraw "framed" the murder charge on Jed and his pals. This gives the men their freedom and clears Buck, leaving him free to marry the Salvation Army girl.
- Buck Jones as Buck
- Barbara Bedford as Hope Standish
- Jack Curtis as Jed
- George Siegmann as Flash McGraw
- Jack McDonald as Friend of Jed's
- Al Fremont as Friend of Jed's
- Jennie Lee as Buck's Mother
- Edgar Jones as The Sheriff
- Irene Hunt as Dance Hall Girl
- Eleanore Gilmore
- "Progressive Silent Film List: The Big Punch". Silent Era. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
- "The Big Punch: All Right for Program Offering But Star Has Had Better Stories". Film Daily (New York City: Wyd's Films and Film Folks, Inc.) 15 (41): 19. Feb 13, 1921. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
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