~The Secret Man~
Written & Directed by: John Ford

Based on a story by George Hively

Harry Carey ... Cheyenne Harry
Edythe Sterling ... Molly - the Sheriff's Sister (as Edith Sterling)
J. Morris Foster ... Henry Beaufort (as Morris Foster)
Elizabeth Janes ... Elizabeth - Henry's Child
Vester Pegg ... Bill - Molly's Brother
William Steele ... The Foreman (as Bill Gettinger)
Steve Clemente ... Pedro (as Steve Clement)
Hoot Gibson ... Chuck Fadden
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: A Butterfly Picture

Distribution Company: Universal Film Manufacturing Company

Cinematography by: Ben F. Reynolds

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: October 1, 1917
~Plot Synopsis~
Western star Harry Carey and director John Ford worked together on quite a few films. Not all of
them were winners, however, and this one was definitely below par. Cheyenne Harry (Carey) escapes
from prison and hops on a train. He is aided by ranch owner Henry Beaufort (Morris Foster), who
gives him some clothes and lets him sleep in his stateroom. Harry goes on to find a job as a cowboy
but is forced to flee when he is seen by the sheriff (Vester Pegg). Beaufort has a little girl, Elizabeth
(Elizabeth Janes), and he asks Pedro (Steve Clemente), who is taking care of her, to take her to
another town. But Pedro is drunk and loses control of the wagon, and is killed in the ensuing
accident. Harry finds the wreck and takes charge of Elizabeth. Because the child is hurt and dying of
thirst, he lets himself be captured so that she will get help. The town decides to raffle the girl off to
the highest bidder, but she recognizes her mother in Molly, the sheriff's sister (Edith Sterling).
Mother and child are reunited, but the sheriff goes in search of the man he believes ruined his sister.
He heads for Beaufort, and Molly confides her dilemma to Harry. With the help of Chuck, the deputy
(Hoot Gibson), Harry escapes and keeps the sheriff from shooting Beaufort. When Molly arrives, she
explains that they were secretly married so that it wouldn't affect Beaufort's status in his uncle's will.
Since the uncle has just died, they no longer need to keep quiet.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com