Fighting Romeo (1925)

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Although Al Ferguson had a face that was a natural for villains, he plays the hero in this routine Western, which he also directed. Rustlers are stealing cattle from Paradise Ranch, which is owned by Helen McMasters (Elaine Eastman). Dave Matthews, her foreman (Ferguson), believes that Buck Connors (Paul Emery) is the leader of the gang, but is having trouble finding evidence. When he goes East with a cattle shipment, he becomes involved in the troublesome affairs of Jim Warner. As a favor to Jim's father (George Routh), he brings the young man West. Jim, a complete tenderfoot, attempts to impress Helen with his machismo, but runs in the opposite direction when faced with Connors. Helen discovers a thief branding one of her steer, and she is captured. Both Jim and Matthews go to her rescue. Jim has to drum up the courage to save the day when Matthews is ambushed by Connors and his men. He rescues both Matthews and Helen and forces the bad guys to surrender, all with an unloaded gun. Because of his bravery, Jim becomes foreman of Paradise Ranch -- the position is vacated when Matthews weds Helen.