Robert Warwick was a silent-film leading man who interrupted his career to serve in the Great War. Moderately handsome, Warwick's greatest asset was a cultured voice that was completely useless in silent films ... and by the time talkies came in, Warwick was too old for leading roles. He had a long career in minor character parts, occasionally using his mid-Atlantic accent to play Englishmen.
'In Mizzoura' is a silent, so Warwick was spared the necessity of attempting a hayseed accent. He plays the sheriff of Bowling Green, Missouri: a sleepy little burg, right enough, until the arrival of 'slick city feller' Robert Cain who is wanted for train robbery. Hero and villain are both in love with Eileen Percy, the daughter of the local blacksmith. There's a lot of rootin'-tootin' shootin', and a bunch of tarry-hootin', plus a telltale bloodstain on a cupboard door. Eventually the sheriff allows the thief to escape into the canebrakes, for noble reasons which are misconstrued.
Beanpole actor Victor Potel provides some comic relief as a local yokel, but much of this movie is unintentionally funny. I'll rate it just 3 out of 10.
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