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Captain Fly-by-Night (1922)



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Cast overview:
Johnnie Walker ... First Stranger
Francis McDonald ... Second Stranger
Shannon Day Shannon Day ... Señorita Fernandez
Eddie Gribbon ... Sgt. Cassara (as Edward Gribbon)
Victory Bateman Victory Bateman ... Señora
James McElhern James McElhern ... Padre Miguel
Charles Stevens ... Indian
Bert Wheeler Bert Wheeler ... Governor
Fred Kelsey ... Gomez


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Release Date:

24 December 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kaptajn Vovehals See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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According to Ed Watz's biography of Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, the Bert Wheeler in this film (Bert Wheeler) is not the same one that was part of the Wheeler & Woolsey comedy team. See more »

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Zorro Knockoff
16 July 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

In Old California, two mysterious strangers, each with papers identifying himself as an anonymous agent of the governor, show up at a Presidio. They are Johnnie Walker and Francis MacDonald. Each claims to be seeking to capture Captain Fly-by-Night, a mysterious road agent who has wound up as the head of a conspiracy of peons and Indians to take over Mexico. Meanwhile, lovely senorita Shannon Day is affianced to a man she has never seen.

Given Douglas Fairbanks' great success in ZORRO, everyone wanted to get into the act, and Robertson-Cole, which specialized in B westerns and cheap melodramas thought this Johnston McCulley story was the property for it to do so, and Walker the star to do it with. He had had a great success with OVER THE HILL at Fox a couple of years earlier, but had a hard time maintaining his standing with the majors, despite obvious talent. He would end his silent career at Columbia, working with Frank Capra as studio and director struggled to work their way into respectability; then Walker would disappear into bit roles in the sound era.

There are some fine stunts here, and a nicely shot sword fight in a bell tower, but despite the usual bravura framing shots by director William K. Howard and cinematographer Lucien Andriot, everyone knew they were filming a western with some swordplay.

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