This silent western drama from Sunset Productions stars Kenneth MacDonald (The Coast Patrol, Dynamite Dan), Billy "Red" Jones (Sparrows, The Phantom Flyer), and Gordon Sackville (The Best ... See full summary »

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Kenneth MacDonald ...
Jimmie March
Billy 'Red' Jones ...
Jimmie March, as a child
Edna Pennington ...
Eleanor Philips
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E.J. Philips
William Lester ...
Mortimer Fenton
William Malan ...
Pat Mc Guire - the Irishman (as William Mahlen)
Joe Bonner ...
Tony Guasti - the Italian
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Isaac Cohen - the Hebrew
Otto Metzetti ...
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This silent western drama from Sunset Productions stars Kenneth MacDonald (The Coast Patrol, Dynamite Dan), Billy "Red" Jones (Sparrows, The Phantom Flyer), and Gordon Sackville (The Best Man, One Way Trail), with direction by Grover Jones (The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Trouble in Paradise).

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15 March 1924 (USA)  »

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Film debut of Kenneth MacDonald. See more »

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A Real Honest-to-Goodness FUN Movie!
11 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Anthony J. Xydias owned both Sunset Productions and Aywon (A-1, get it!) Film Distributors. One of the best – if not the best – of the Xydias movies is the remarkable "Slow as Lightning" (1923). Xydias realized he had a first rate star-in-the-making in the highly personable stuntman-hero, Kenneth McDonald. For McDonald's debut film, Xydias hired talented screenwriter Grover Jones to direct. Admittedly the support players are not in the same league. William Malan, making his film debut here as the villain, is the best; while Edna Pennington (in her last of three films) is not exactly the heroine that would inspire me to walk through fire. Admittedly, she is hampered by playing both Edna the girl and Edna the woman, whereas the hero's boyish exploits are accomplished by ten-year-old Billy "Red" Jones (also making his film debut here. Billy later became a well-known jockey). Despite the movie's minor shortcomings (to which should be added the hammy Joe Bonner, whom the director often indulges with close-ups), "Slow as Lightning" is a real fun movie, crisply paced with breathtaking stuntwork from first to last.


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