The Friends of Flagg #17

William S. Hart

"Hero of Westerns before these degenerated into horse opera with singing cowboys in white sombreros and technicolored Indian lassies. I always liked Bill on the screen, but I could see the funny side of his always being reformed by looking into the eyes of a pure girl. So I did a movie take-off called PERFECTLY FIENDISH FLANAGAN in which I played the part of Bill, a rank parody. They wrote him from the East Coast that someone was stealing his stuff and sent him the reels. He laughed himself sick and we became friends for thirty years. He always called me pardner, with emphasis on the 'd'. Bill never had any stand-ins. If the script called for putting his horse over a cliff or through a saloon window, he performed the feat himself."

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