Hell's Hole (1923)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Even though this Western used the convenient "dream" premise, it still managed to please audiences. Cowboy Tod Musgrave (Charles Jones, who hadn't yet added "Buck" to his stage name) and his pal Del Hawkins (Maurice Flynn) steal a ride on a train after being kicked out of a saloon. The conductor (George Siegmann) throws them off when he discovers they have no tickets, and the two men swear revenge. While waiting on a station bench for the train to return, Musgrave and Hawkins both fall asleep. The train arrives and Musgrave and Hawkins board it. As Musgrave is giving the conductor a sound thrashing, Hawkins robs the train. When Musgrave protests, Hawkins knocks him unconscious and plants some of the money on him. As a result, Musgrave is arrested as the thief and sentenced to prison. He proves to be a model inmate, helping to quell a riot, which earns him the admiration of Dorothy Owen, who is friends with the warden's daughter (Ruth Clifford). Through reading a newspaper, Musgrave finds out that Hawkins has bought a ranch and is engaged to Dorothy. He escapes from prison to warn Dorothy of Hawkins' true nature. She goes with him to a mountain cabin and Hawkins follows. The three of them are then buried in an avalanche. Hawkins confesses, and when the sheriff (Charles K. French) digs them out, Musgrave makes him go to prison in his place.

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bum, cowboy, dream, escape, fantasy, imprisonment, loot, reality, robbery, sidekick, train [locomotive]