Texas: Gun Woman - 1918
Capable of shooting sparks of charisma across the stage of the Manhattan Opera House as well as a prairie, Texas Guinan strapped on her holster in 1918, shortly after her 34th birthday.
Energetic and electrifying in person, Texas loved nothing more than a new challenge. Years before she became a nightclub hostess in The Big Apple and carried a gun for protection, Texas played the role of a saloon-keeper out West onscreen.
• • Triangle Film Corp. produced this "Silent Western" and released it on 8 February 1918.
• • Gun Woman was directed by Frank Borzage; it co-starred Francis McDonald and Edward Brady.
• • Synopsis: Texas Guinan plays a saloon-keeper who falls in love with the wrong guy. She lends him money to buy a house expecting that they will soon be married. Taking the money, the varmint moves to another town and starts his own saloon. Texas gets her revenge, of course. [Run time: 62 minutes. The Library of Congress has preserved the movie.]
• • Photographs from Gun Woman.
• • photos from the film starring Texas Guinan •