Border Wildcat (1929)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 48 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Nearing the end of his starring days, Universal cowboy Ted Wells played Bob Shaw, the sheriff of Rimrock, in this quickly-made silent Western. Shaw and his deputies raid a gambling joint suspected of serving bootleg liquor, but owner Joe Kern (Tom London) manages to hide the contraband. Later, a truckload of hootch is prevented from entering Rimrock, its destination Kern's gambling establishment. John Bell (William Malan), the father of Bob's fiancée (Kathryn McGuire), shoots Joe Kern in self-defence and is chased out of town by the saloon-keeper's henchman (Buck Moulton). Before he dies, Kern exonerates Bell of any wrongdoing, and peace is soon restored to Rimrock. A pleasant enough personality, Ted Wells faced unemployment when Universal closed its Western units in anticipation of sound. No actor in any real sense of the word, Wells signed for a series of very late silent Westerns produced by Robert J. Horner who billed him "Pawnee Bill, Jr." The "Pawnee Bill" Westerns played in rural areas only, and Wells spent the remainder of his career in bit parts and doubling for William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy).

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cowboy, love, romance