Bearcat (1922)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |  
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An early Hoot Gibson vehicle, this silent Western starred Universal's lackadaisical cowboy hero as "The Singin' Kid," a drifter who saves rancher's daughter Alys May (Lillian Rich) from a runaway carriage. He gets a job on her father's ranch as a reward and quickly falls in love with the girl. She, however, is betrothed to her brother's college chum, Archer Aitken (William Buckley). The latter gets in trouble with a neighboring flirt, Mary Lang (Fontaine La Rue), who indulges in a bit of blackmail. When Mary's accomplice is murdered, "The Kid" takes the blame in order to protect Alys' reputation. He later proves himself innocent, catches the real killer, and waves farewell to Aitken, who hightails it back to the East. A typically relaxed Gibson oater, The Bearcat featured more horseplay than melodrama.

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accusation, blackmail, boyfriend, cowboy, criminal, damsel-in-distress, false-accusation, rescue, sheriff