An Eastern Westerner
boblipton from New York City
28 February 2013
Lester Cuneo is a New York writer. Tired of his life, he rents a
cottage by the sea in California and gets involved in local intrigue
surrounding Bert Sprotte, his mustache, his stolen ranch and Lilian
Ward, as well as the usual assortment of Old California tropes.
Cuneo started out in movies in comedies and after service during the
First World War moved into action features -- a lot like early Doug
Fairbanks but without the light touch. His career had begun to decline
when this picture was made, despite some obvious money spent. The
long-winded art titles of Ferdinand Earle are a trifle onerous. Still,
Cuneo sits a horse well and the seaside shots are quite lovely.
Although this silent western clearly has intentions well above the B
grade, a decent B western is what the viewer gets.
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