Battling Bates (1923)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - B-Western  |  
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Produced by character actor Ashton Dearholt for release by poverty row company Arrow, this minor silent Western starred the veteran Edmund Cobb as rancher Fred Porter, who falls in love with local beauty Betty Bolton (Florence Gilbert, Mrs. Dearholt in real life). That doesn't sit well with Zora Rosario, a female maverick also in love with Fred. Zora sends her gang to kill the poor rancher, but a stranger (Dearholt) comes to his rescue. The stranger proves to be a Secret Service agent, and Zora and her chief henchman (Wilbur McGaugh are arrested. Sadly, this Western no longer exists and we can only speculate as to who played the villainess.

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