Lightning Lariats (1927)

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Strapping Tom Tyler starred as a rancher coming to the aid of some European refugees in this unusual silent western from grind-house company FBO. His nation of Roxenburg having fallen to usurpers, young kid Alexis (the utterly American Frankie Darro) hightails it to Arizona where he hides out at the Potter ranch. Jealous neighbor Cynthia Storme (female wrestler Ruby Blaine), infatuated with the king's protector Tom Potter (Tyler), betrays the young king because of Potter's friendship with lovely Janet Holbrooke (Dorothy Dunbar). It all ends well, naturally, with the villains (including the avaricious Cynthia) getting their comeuppance. Hollywood westerns flirted several times with Ruritanian themes likes this, most notably in My Pal the King (1932) starring Tom Mix and Mickey Rooney.

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America, governess, king, nation, officer, rebel