Colonel William Ryan, a ranch owner, in the Lone Star State, has named his only daughter Texas. Jack Parker, a devil-may-care cowpuncher, loves only two things, one is his horse and the ...
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Colonel William Ryan, a ranch owner, in the Lone Star State, has named his only daughter Texas. Jack Parker, a devil-may-care cowpuncher, loves only two things, one is his horse and the other a photograph of Texas Ryan, whom he has never seen. He has named his horse "Dream Girl" after the girl of the photograph. After several years in an eastern college, Texas return home. Her father is happy and she is idolized by the cowboys of the ranch. Antonio Moreno is the head of a band of cattle rustlers. His lieutenant, "Dice" McAllister, a former road agent, uses his office as marshal as a cloak for unlawful deeds. Moreno and McAllister have long plotted to secure Ryan's wealth, and Moreno resolves to pay court to the girl. In the "Last Chance" saloon and dance hall a shooting scrape occurs. Jack Parker, enemy of McAllister, is charged as being an accessory. Harsh words are exchanged and Parker overcomes McAllister in a desperate conflict, and then crosses the border until the disturbance ... Written by
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Originally based on Zane Grey's novel The Light of Western Stars and using that title, the film was made without authorization from Grey. After a court injunction, the filmmakers restructured the story and changed the title. See more »
For a western from 1917, "The Heart of Texas Ryan" is very good. Too bad, then, that the movie ends horribly...
The film begins with a young lady, Texas Ryan, coming home to her ranch after getting an eastern education. Soon she meets a guy nicknamed 'Single-Shot' (Tom Mix) and he is smitten with her--so much so that he decides to mend his rough and tumble ways (much of the first half of the film consists of him getting into fights and such). However, an evil Mexican bandit and his gang are up to no good and eventually they kidnap Single-Shot and vow to execute him. What happens next is VERY anti-climactic and the film ends on a sour note.
Overall, it's a decent western marred by a bad ending. Too bad, as the stunts were fairly good and the film a decent bit of entertainment up until then. For lovers of silent films and B-westerns, it's well worth seeing--especially as Mix is one of the huge names in early westerns and he's become all but forgotten today.
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