Hellhounds of the West (1922)

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This muddled, low-budget Western featured second-string cowboy star Dick Hatton. Dick Sinclair (Hatton) and his younger brother, Frank (Frank Thompson), are both in love with Virginia Stacy (Catherine Craig). When Frank goes West, he gets involved with dance hall girl Camille Dagget (Willie Mae Carson), but invites Virginia to come out anyhow. To make sure she arrives safely, Dick accompanies her, which is a good thing because their wagon train is attacked by Indians. Dick saves Virginia and a little boy, Jimmy (Richard De Vilbiss). When Frank's affair is discovered, Dick forces him to choose just one girl. He picks Virginia because her father (Clark Comstock) has found a valuable mine. Frank also aligns himself with the villainous Black Joe (Frank Lanning), who tries to get Dick out of the way by tying him to a blindfolded horse and letting it run free. While Frank and Joe are both attacking Virginia -- one wants her map to the mine, the other her virtue -- Dick manages to escape and comes in for the rescue. Joe kills Frank, and Dick gets his hands on the map and kills Joe. Virginia's cabin catches fire, and Dick saves her from the flames.