Flaming Crisis (1924)

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An obscure all-black silent western from small-scale producer Lawrence Goldman, The Flaming Crisis features Calvin Nicholson as Robert Mason, a crusading newspaperman falsely convicted of murdering prominent labor leader Mark Leithier (Henry Dixon). Making a daring escape from prison, Mason heads west where he falls in love with cowgirl Tex Miller (Dorothy Dunbar). She is also desired by Buck Conley (Talford White), a notorious outlaw known as the "Night Terror." Conley discovers Mason's real identity but, according to a surviving review from Billboard, "something big and entirely unexpected happens, which brings happiness to the lovers." Now apparently lost, this potentially interesting western melodrama premiered in May of 1924 in, of all places, Kansas City, MO. Leading lady Dorothy Dunbar was not the white actress of the same name.