Cotton and Cattle (1921)

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Popular silent action hero Jack Mower played a rancher saving a pretty girl from the Ku Klux Klan in this obscure silent "Western" melodrama from poverty row company Westart. The girl (Ethel Dwyer) and her father (Al Hill) receive a note from someone calling himself "the night rider," warning them to cease harvesting or else...! Hill stubbornly refuses, and his Negro pickers are frightened away by what appears to be Klansmen. Hill still won't give in and is kidnapped. Rancher Jack Harding (Mower) dons white sheets himself, thus gaining access to the villain's lair. The latter is revealed to be a local businessman, Buck Garrett (Robert Conville), who wanted to scare Hill off his valuable land. Westart, under the direction of Leonard Franchon, released seven very inexpensive Western melodramas, all featuring Mower, Dwyer, Hill, and Conville. The films were most likely produced in the Southeast.