Desert Scorpion (1920)

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A group of local Colorado businessmen financed this low-budget Western directed by Otis B. Thayer. Thayer had come to Colorado with the Selig company in the very early 1910s, staying on long after Selig left (and, indeed, ceased to exist). With his Art-O-Graph Company, Thayer produced Westerns in the majestic Rockies until 1924, most of them starring Edmund Cobb, another straggler from the early days of Selig. Desert Scorpion centered around the already then timeworn feud between sheep men and cattle ranchers, with Cobb representing the former and Clare Hatton as his sworn enemy. Hatton, of course, has a pretty daughter, Vida Johnson, and the scene is set for yet another sagebrush Romeo & Juliet affair. Playing a beef baron, Clare Hatton was a local Colorado amateur actor who later ran his own Denver stock company. Cobb, Hatton, and Johnson also appeared in Thayer's Wolves of the Street that same year.