Border Cavalier (1927)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this typical silent Universal "Blue Streak Western," a couple of crooked real estate speculators (Boris Bullock and Captain C.E. Anderson) conspire to acquire the potentially valuable Lawton ranch by less than savory means. Visiting the ranch, the smooth Bullock falls for the rancher's pretty daughter, Madge (Joyce Compton) and soon the Lawtons are ready to literally give away the farm. Happily, foreman Larry Day (Fred Humes) sees right through Bullock's slick facade and saves the day. As they did in several other Universal Westerns, Dick L'Estrange, Pee Wee Holmes, Ben Corbett and Scotty Mattraw added comic relief as the Lawton ranch hands. Border Cavalier was directed by a very young William Wyler, a distant relative of studio owner "Uncle" Carl Laemmle who, as humorist Ogden Nash once pointed out, "had a very big Faemmle!"

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land-scheme, land-war, ranch-hand