Double Dealing (1923)

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Universal's silent Western ace, Hoot Gibson, veered dangerously toward complete slapstick playing a bumbling rancher in this rural comedy directed by the shadowy Henry "Pathé" Lehrman. Gibson's peaceful hayseed is forced into action after he has been conned into buying a worthless piece of property. Director Lehrman was an old hand at slapstick, having been with Mack Sennett's Keystone Company from the beginning. Lehrman later founded his own comedy company but was freelancing when he directed Double Dealing. It was Lehrman's girlfriend, Virginia Rappe, who was the notorious victim in the infamous 1922 Arbuckle rape/wrongful death scandal.