The Toll Gate

The nearest thing to this is Richardson’s The Border, but there are a lot of films in between.

The outlaw (William S. Hart) who gives up but is sold out faces his opponent in town and burns both their houses.

He befriends a widow and her son, under duress.

He defends against the opponent’s gang, and walks away from the widow, whom his opponent had abandoned.

This is laid in the Southwest, above and below the border.

Hillyer opens beautifully, the locations are perfectly filmed, the drama is equally credited to Hart.