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Film, Video The bargain Variant title: Two-gun man in the bargain / Two-gun man in the bargain

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  • The bargain

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  • Variant title: Two-gun man in the bargain
  • Two-gun man in the bargain


  • Outlaw Jim Stokes robs a stagecoach using stuffed dummies as "accomplices". Pursued and wounded, he collapses by a water hole. He is found by a kindly miner and nursed back to health by the miner's daughter, Nell. Stokes falls in love with Nell and decides to return the money and reform. Nell and Stokes are married, but the very next day, as he is preparing to send the stolen money to the Overland Stage Company, he is recognized and again must flee, this time with Sheriff Walsh in hot pursuit. Walsh catches up to Stokes in a border town where he takes him prisoner and confiscates the money Stokes had intended to repay, but promptly loses it at the roulette table. Stokes strikes a bargain with the sheriff--he steals the money back, and in return, the sheriff sets him free and gives him the chance to start a new life with his bride.


  • Barker, Reginald, 1886-1945, direction
  • Ince, Thomas H., production, writing
  • Clifford, William H., 1874-1938, writing
  • August, Joseph H., 1890-1947, camera
  • Newhard, Robert, 1884-1945, camera
  • Hart, William S. (William Surrey), 1864-1946, cast
  • Burke, J. Frank (John Franklin), 1867-1918, cast
  • Williams, Clara, 1891-1928, cast
  • Sherry, Barney, 1872-1944, cast
  • Dowling, J. J. (Joseph J.), 1848-1928, cast
  • New York Motion Picture Corp
  • Paramount Pictures Corporation (1914-1927)
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Paramount Pictures Corporation, 1914.


  • -  Deals--Drama
  • -  Outlaws--Drama
  • -  Stagecoach robberies--Drama
  • -  Fugitives from justice--Drama
  • -  Marriage--Drama
  • -  Criminals--Rehabilitation--Drama


  • Western films
  • Romance films
  • Silent films
  • Feature films
  • Fiction films


  • -  LP5157 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: New York Motion Picture Corp. (Thomas H. Ince, author); 3Dec14; LP5157.
  • -  William S. Hart, J. Frank Burke, Clara Williams, J. Barney Sherry, James Dowling.
  • -  Camera, Joseph H. August, or Robert Newhard.
  • -  Sources differ as to the original length of the film. The Moving picture world gives the reel count as 7 reels in the film review, but 5 reels in the release chart. The Variety review gives the reel count as 7 reels, but says that 2,400 (about 27 minutes) was cut from "the first positive". The LC paper print, submitted for copyright, consists of 5 paper rolls, and appears to be complete.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2965) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Photographed on location at the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
  • -  This film was selected for the National Film Registry.
  • -  Sources used: Niver. K. Early motion pictures, p. 23; Internet movie database WWW site; AFI catalog, feature films, 1911-1920, p. 46; Moving picture world, v. 22, no. 10, p. 1390 (12-5-1914); v. 22, no. 11, p. 1602 (12-12-1914), v. 22, no. 12, p. 1682, p. 1746-1747 (12-19-1914); Variety archive WWW site, 11-19-1914, p. 25, viewed Aug. 6, 2012; New York times WWW site, film review archive, viewed Aug, 6, 2012.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • 5 video files (digital, MPEG-4) (ca. 58 min.) : si., b&w.
  • viewing print 2 film reels (2,036 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 3 film reels (ca. 5,200 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 2 film reels (2,036 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 5 film reels (ca. 5,200 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos 5 rolls (ca. 5,200 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 5 rolls (ca. 5,200 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5844-5845 (viewing print)
  • FGF 1918-1920 (viewing print)
  • FRA 2782-2783 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPF 6861-6865 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 1221A, Box 1222A, Box 1223A, Box 1224A, Box 1225A (paper pos)
  • Box 5843A, Box 5844A, Box 5845A, Box 5846A, Box 5847A (paper pos, copy 2)

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2012600311

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Clifford, William H., Writing, Joseph H August, Robert Newhard, William S Hart, J. Frank Burke, Clara Williams, Barney Sherry, et al. The Bargain. directeds by Barker, Reginald, Ection, produceds by Ince, Thomas H.Uction, Writing United States: Paramount Pictures Corporation, 1914. Video.

APA citation style:

Clifford, W. H., August, J. H., Newhard, R., Hart, W. S., Burke, J. F., Williams, C. [...] Paper Print Collection. (1914) The Bargain. Barker, R., dir, Ince, T. H. U., prod United States: Paramount Pictures Corporation. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Clifford, William H., Writing, et al. The Bargain. dir by Barker, Reginald, Ection, prod by Ince, Thomas H.Uction, Writing United States: Paramount Pictures Corporation, 1914. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.