Jack Meadows and sidekick Toby are looking for whiskey smugglers along the Canadian border. They find a badly wounded Seriff who earlier caught one of them and a nearby hoofprint of a horse... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Barbara Layne
Frank Rice ...
Toby Jones
Deputy Dan Silo (as Pat Harman)
Thomas G. Lingham ...
Sheriff Layne (as Tom Lingham)
Jack P. Pierce ...
Pete Gushard (as Jack Pierce)
Frank Jonasson ...
Ace Brokaw
Sonny Hicks ...
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Jack Meadows and sidekick Toby are looking for whiskey smugglers along the Canadian border. They find a badly wounded Seriff who earlier caught one of them and a nearby hoofprint of a horse with a broken shoe. Setting up a blacksmith shop, they soon find the owner of that horse and replace the shoe with another that will let them trace him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <vanauken@comcast.net>

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15 December 1922 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Thankfully the Acting Didn't Catch On
30 March 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Riders of the Law (1922)

** (out of 4)

A rather boring Western finds drifters Jack Meadows (Jack Hoxie) and Toby (Frank Rice) finding a Sheriff who has been shot and left for dead. The two men decide to ride into town to try to find the men who did this and they finally track the guy down but he's a wolf in sheep's clothing because he now has the Sheriff's daughter (Marin Sais) believing that something else happened to her father. It's up to Jack and Toby to try and figure out the truth and convince the daughter of what really happened. There's were so many Westerns made during this period it's probably impossible trying to list them from best to worst simply because so many are now missing. From what I've seen this one here isn't nearly the worst but at the same time there's really nothing here that makes it stand out to where you'd rank it as one of the best either. I think the biggest problem is the screenplay, which gives us several characters but not a single one is all that interesting. This starts with both drifters who just never have much chemistry together and their friendship seems more forced that natural. The daughter of the Sheriff, of course an eventual love interest, isn't any better either but this is mainly due to the screenplay making her a complete idiot who can never see the obvious in front of her. Another idiot is the Sheriff himself who is tracking down this moonshine gang yet never realizes that his "friend" is in with them. There's really not too much action here either, although we do get the typical shoot out towards the end as well as a couple brief scenes. None of them are all that entertaining but I will admit that the "lake game" was a rather interesting scene. This was the first film I had seen with Hoxie and I wasn't overly impressed, although I'm certainly not going to write him off after just one movie. I actually somewhat enjoyed Rice as the comic sidekick because he managed to get a couple laughs including the highlight of the film where he sits down on a hot horse shoe and what follows is pretty funny. Sais, then real-life wife to Hoxie, doesn't do much with her part. The one really interesting thing for film buffs is that future make-up legend Jack Pierce plays the lead moonshiner here and he also worked as Assistant Director. Thank God his acting and directing career didn't take off or who knows what might have happened with those Universal monsters. He actually turns in a somewhat good performance in his small bit.

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