Bud Noble, a handsome specimen of manhood, is foreman on the Circle "D" ranch outside of Circle City, Idaho, and our opening scene pictures Bud as the cowboy roping and tying a steer. With ... See full summary »
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Mac Barnes
William Garwood
Adrienne Kroell
William Stowell
Carl Winterhoff
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Bud Noble, a handsome specimen of manhood, is foreman on the Circle "D" ranch outside of Circle City, Idaho, and our opening scene pictures Bud as the cowboy roping and tying a steer. With its bucking bronchos, pitching mustangs, bucking steers, and the biggest novelty ever, the acme of all thrillers, "see Bud bulldog a steer." Only three men have successfully accomplished this feat and lived to tell about it. Then Bud receives a shock. The local operator appears with a telegram. "Your Uncle John dead. You are sole heir to his estate valued at several millions. Come to Chicago at once." The astounded cowboys tumble over with sheer amazement. Bud buys and the scene closes with a characteristic rush for the bar. "One year later" Bud tires of society. We see Bud and his new wife entertaining and our cowboy shows plainly that he is desperately weary of the effete East, then Bud goes to the club and the men he meets there and their conversation is getting on his nerves. "After the theater"... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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21 October 1909 (USA)  »

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Fell Heir to a Million Dollars  »

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Yes, Tom Mix stared in this movie!
3 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My Great Uncle, ARTHUR ARLO LONG, Nickname: "Pat", 1883-1968, was the first white person to bulldog a steer in the movies and he did it in a motion picture filmed in Chicago, IL. in 1909. The silent movie was "The Millionaire Cowboy" staring Tom Mix. It is said he (Pat) saved a woman on a run away horse in that same movie. Pat also toured with W. A. Dickey's Circle D Ranch Wild West Show and it is said he learned to bulldog steers from Bill Picket a black man who bulldogged the first steer.

Tom Mix was born in 1880 in Pennsylvania and he served in the Spanish-American War. He eventually moved to Guthrie, Oklahoma. Later, after trying his hand as a bartender, he worked as a hand with Zack Mullhall's 101 Ranch. While working at the 101 he began his movie career. This is probably where he met Pat Long. Pat was a working cowboy on many of the large ranches in Osage, Rogers and Washington County,Oklahoma, serving as foreman as he gained experience. Pat also appeared in the movie "Boar War". After his short movie career he went back to "punching" cows.

For a short time, around 1911, Thomas E. Mix served as Marshall in Dewey, Oklahoma, which is the site of the Tom Mix Museum. It houses items from his personal collection. His movie career spanned 26 years - from 1909 through 1935. He made 336 feature films, produced 88, wrote 71 and directed 117. Tom made only 9 sound feature films.

Tom Mix died in a car accident in 1940 between Tuscon and Florence, Arizona. Pat's last years were spent at Callie Flannagan's boarding house in Claremore, Oklahoma; he died in 1968.


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