Outlawed (1921)

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Real-life cowpuncher and rodeo rider Bill Patton worked as a stunt double for a number of actors, including William S. Hart and Roy Stewart, before becoming a star in his own right with this low-budget Western. Alvin J. Neitz, a Poverty Row fixture, both wrote the screenplay and directed the film in an above average fashion. The action starts off fast and furious, with Patton as U.S. marshall Bob Fleming, racing the train headed for Sierra Madre. When Barbara Benton (Carlyn Wagner) tries to snap his picture, her hat flies off and Fleming retrieves it. He leaps onto the train and the passengers, believing he is a robber, drop their valuables into Barbara's hat. Fleming hands the hat over to Barbara before leaping back off the train. When she arrives in Sierra Madre, she's surprised to see that Fleming is one of the hands on the ranch belonging to her father (Joseph Rickson). The sheriff, Bud Knowles (Buck Conners), seems to have it out for Fleming and tries to have him arrested as a cattle thief. The truth eventually comes out -- it is Knowles who is the rustler, and Fleming and Barbara's father have teamed up to capture him and his men. Knowles kidnaps Barbara and holds her hostage, but a posse headed by Fleming attacks. Knowles is killed in the fray, and Fleming wins the girl.