Man of the Forest (1926)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Although she made an unforgettable impression in Charles Chaplin's The Gold Rush, Georgia Hale spent the rest of her short acting career appearing in undistinguished films. She has good company in this one, a Western -- her co-stars are Jack Holt and Warner Oland. Nancy Raynor (Hale) is arriving from the East to see her dying uncle. Clint Beasley (Oland) and his gang are determined to kidnap her before she reaches him. Milt Dale (Holt) finds out about the plot and derails it by kidnapping Nancy himself. But Nancy proves to be a tough character -- she wounds Dale with his own gun and has the sheriff (Tom Kennedy) arrest him. While he is on trial for the kidnapping, Nancy goes to the ranch and is furious to discover that her uncle has already died. She becomes easy prey for the attentions of Beasley, but soon enough she realizes that he has ulterior motives. He still manages to have her abducted and taken to his ranch. Dale wants to get out of jail to help her, so he has his pet cougar -- who has followed him to the jail -- attack the sheriff. While they are struggling, Dale is able to reach through the bars and take the sheriff's keys and gun. He locks the sheriff up and heads for the outlaws. He and Beasley wind up in a dual. Beasley is killed and Dale unites with Nancy who (not so surprisingly) has decided that she loves him.