Cast & Crew
Charles Webster Hitchcock
Wallace G. Coburn
C. M. Giffen
Yellowstone Pete's motherless daughter Beauty is reared by the cowboys on Pete's ranch, and by the time she is twenty-years-old, Beauty is an excellent horsewoman. Although she loves Buck Dawson, a neighboring ranch owner's son, Beauty becomes infatuated with a drifter, who impresses her with tales of life in the city and promises to marry her if she will accompany him to the nearest town. In Butte, the stranger takes Beauty to a hotel and attacks her, but Buck and Pete learn of her betrayal, and Buck pursues the villain. In a deserted cabin, Buck and his enemy engage in a fierce struggle, and even when the posse arrives, Buck insists on fighting to the finish.
The working title of this film was The Golden Goddess. It was the first film of the Great West Film Co., which was located in St. Paul, MN, and according to news items, it was finished in November 1916. Although the film was to be released shortly after this time under the original title, no information has been located concerning its release before November 1918, when it had the title The Sunset Princess. The film was shot at the Coburn ranch in Malta, MT. Wallace G. Coburn, who played the leading role and wrote the poem on which the film was based, was known as "the cowboy poet." According to a news item, the supporting cast was made up of Western actors, range riders, "buckaroos" and ranch employees.