It wasn't made clear by the Variety synopsis, but Essanay's Won by a Holdup may have been one of the studio's Broncho Billy Westerns. If so, its star was G.M. Anderson, the "A" in Ess-an-ay (the "S" was co-founder George Spoor). The cowboy hero is in love with a rancher's daughter, but her father is dead set against the romance. Hoping to win papa over, the couple hatches a scheme. Posing as bandits, the hero and his pals plan to hold up the rancher -- then, after removing their disguises, "rescue" him, thereby earning the old man's respect. When the rancher figures out that he's been tricked, he unexpectedly laughs uproariously, deciding at last that the hero would make an excellent son-in-law.
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