Bronc Stomper (1928)

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Former rodeo champion Don Coleman, a protégé of producer-director Leo Maloney, starred in this silent B-Western about a cowboy prevented from entering a rodeo because of an arbitrary rule that entrants must either own property in the state or work on a ranch. The rule is fabricated by slick Alan Riggs (Tom London), the rodeo chairman, who is betting on local champ Slim Garvey (Bud Osborne). Coleman, meanwhile, finds employment on the Hollister ranch, thus becoming eligible to enter the contest. To prevent his participation, Riggs plants stolen money in the young cowboy's room, but Coleman and his sidekick Yea Bo (Ben Corbett) alert the marshal (Whitehorse) and the villains are brought to justice. Does Coleman go on to win both the rodeo and the lovely daughter of his employer (Eugenia Gilbert)? Why, of course he does! One of the best riders in the business, Don Coleman made four starring Westerns until sound, but the death of producer Maloney brought an end to his aspirations. He left Hollywood for good in 1935 to take up ranching.