Horace jumps in a caravan car covered with a large tarp, only to discover that a band of hooded rebels are hidden under the canopy. He fights first with the gang's leader, then all join in.... See full summary »

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Horace jumps in a caravan car covered with a large tarp, only to discover that a band of hooded rebels are hidden under the canopy. He fights first with the gang's leader, then all join in. He manages to escape with the leader's kimono. He jumps on a mule as the gang pursues by car. Horace gets a dose of courage when he realizes that a young woman on horseback is watching. He captures the gang with a nifty bit of roping, and she holds her rifle on them. He's performed an heroic deed in front of her. Is it enough? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The tenderfoot v Cactus Cal
14 December 2016 | by (France) – See all my reviews

We have a little more information about this film than the comments so far preparing suggest. The clip tnat the reviewer has seen (on youtube as Horace Greely Jr.) comes from a very slightly longer abbreviated Pathé-Baby (Pathex)version of the film called The Capture of Cactus Cal (available in its entirety on youtube under that title).

As the title implies Langdon plays a tenderfoot who has followed the famous advice to "go west" in a covered wagon (in fact a covered automobile). He becomes involved rather reluctantly in a shoot-out in town with the "king of the cattle thieves", Cactus Cal and falls in love with a rancher's daughter but, despite her allure, opts for the better part of valour and decides to return East. But en route he discovers that Cactus Cal and his hooded gang have hidden out in his caramobile. He gets away on a donkey, pursued by the bandits in the car. To impress the girl, who is watching, he summons up the courage to capture the hooded band with a lasso.

Although the girl is grateful and calls him her hero, she rejects his advances but, at this point, where the Pathex version ends, Cactus Cal himself (who had earlier lost his hood) seems not himself to have been captured. So one can fairly reliably assume that in the final part of the film, Cal kidnaps the beautiful rancher's daughter leading to a chase and final showdown between hero and bandit, the rescue of the girl and the prospect of wedding bells.

It is an entirely conventional and rather uninteresting little comedy by Langdon's standards and would seem to have been made earlier in his career (apparently in 1923 for Sol Lesser) before Langdon's Sennett shorts brought him fame and rereleased by Pathé (at least in this Pathex version) to capitalise on his subsequent fame.


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