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A young woman inherits her father's large Texas ranch and plans to begin a cattle drive to Abilene, Kansas, 1000 miles away. The crooked State Treasurer plans to attack the cattle drive and... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Ernest Torrence ...
Jim Nabours
Taisie Lockheart
Slim Rudabaugh
David Dunbar ...
Dell Williams
Stephen Carr ...
Cinquo Centavos
Guy Oliver ...
Maj. McCoyne
William A. Carroll ...
Col. Griswold
Ella Miller ...


A young woman inherits her father's large Texas ranch and plans to begin a cattle drive to Abilene, Kansas, 1000 miles away. The crooked State Treasurer plans to attack the cattle drive and steal all of the stock so he can gain control of her ranch. Written by

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21 March 1926 (Finland)  »

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Le taciturne  »

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Irvin Willat replaced James Cruze as director. See more »


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Primitive 'B' Western
19 August 2011 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

This film was one of Paramount's great successes in 1924 but now, in 2011, it is a largely uneventful western lacking in camera movement and story originality. The story and camera flaws are the result of its age, as technology and subsequent improvement in plot and storyline make this picture seem quaint by comparison. Westerns had to have a start somewhere, but this film was supposed to be a follow-up to James Cruze's great "The Covered Wagon" from the previous year. Haven't seen it so I can't compare.

Taisie Lockheart (Lois Wilson) inherits her Dad's ranch after his death. There are possibilities to make lots of money on the ranch's huge herd of cattle, if she can find a way to drive them north of the 36th parallel, from deep in Texas to Abilene, Kansas, a brand new railroad town almost a thousand miles away. The time is immediately after the Civil War, and the railroad has just been completed. Don McMasters (Jack Holt) rides up to the ranch, under suspicious circumstances, and claims he can be the sought-after ramrod. Ranch foreman Jim Nabours (Ernest Torrence) doesn't trust him, and local mob boss Slim Rudabaugh (Noah Beery, Sr.) vows to stop him.

I guess second unit direction was not in use yet because the bulk of the picture is a slog northward with some setbacks such as Indian attacks, stampedes, etc. without aforementioned camera movement or sufficient pacing to keep one from squirming in one's seat. The films 85 minutes seems much longer. It is not a compelling picture and there is very little tension or excitement in the action scenes. I think it is sad how audience perspective changes over time - a picture that once thrilled audiences can become tedious with the passage of too many years.

Shown on a restored 35 mm print from The Library of Congress at Capitolfest 2011, Rome N.Y.

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