A forest ranger comes to the aid of his fiance and her father when a crooked rancher and his gang try to force them off their land.

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Rex, A Wild Horse
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Jerry Lane
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Haman is after the Warren ranch and kidnaps his daughter Madge forcing her to write a note. He uses the note to get Warren to sign over his deed. But Madge gets Rex the wonder horse to take a note to Ranger Jerry Lane and Jerry frees Madge only to learn that Warren will be killed as soon as he signs. Written by Maurice VanAuken (vanauken@comcast.net)

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16 September 1928 (USA)  »

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Guardian of the Wild  »

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One for the Big Hat Brigade!
4 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

I'm amazed there are no reviews for this one. Not only is there a well-worn but super-beautiful tinted print available on DVD, but the movie itself was one of the ten most popular features in the whole Kodascope library. In fact, my local Kodak store had worn out its original copy long before I joined the library. And even their replacement black-and-white dupe had to be ordered months in advance. So why was this little "B" western in such great demand? Legions of horse lovers? Sold-out Jack Perrin fans? Tens of thousands of addicts who remembered thrilling to the movie at a Saturday matinée back in 1928? Frankly, I'm pretty sure the principal reason for this film's extraordinary popularity was simply its short running time. The original 5-reeler ran only 54 minutes. Kodak knocked it down to 4 super fast-paced reels that came in just under 47 minutes. As Kodak discarded all but the main title, I think we can rest assured that neither Jack Perrin nor Rex, the wonder horse, were the main attractions. I think it was simply the fact that the movie ran only 47 action-packed minutes that would not strain the rapt attention of even the most fidgety juvenile audience. And the fact that the story was set against appealing real-life backgrounds would help too. I doubt if the 16 mm audience cared one iota for the size of Perrin's hat or if they reacted strongly to the over-the-top nastiness of the villain (played here with his customary convincing crookedness by Al Ferguson). It was simply the fact that the movie moved fast, had plenty of action and didn't strain the intelligence or the patience of its juvenile audience. And now, thanks to Grapevine, we can add the words, "most agreeably colorful", to the above praises. The credited photographers are Virgil Miller and George Robinson. Virgil Miller! Easily Hollywood's greatest cinematographer! And that's not just my opinion. When Virgil retired, a number of us wrote to him, pleading for interviews. But he declined all our requests because he felt they would detract from reader interest in his own book, "Splinters from Hollywood Tripods". Funny! Although I used to haunt Larry Edmunds, I never saw a copy of that book!


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