Overland Bound (1929)

Genres - Action, Drama, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Produced and directed by veteran silent-screen cowboy Leo Maloney, Overland Bound was the first all-talking independently made western. Maloney cast fellow silent cowboy Jack Perrin as the leading man (Maloney himself had gotten a little thick-waisted by 1929) who saves the community from a crooked railroad agent (Maloney himself). Maloney filmed his little epic on weekends with borrowed equipment, casting old friends like Wally Wales, Allene Ray and Perrin who worked for a percentage in lieu of wages. An independent producer, Maloney was forced to shop around for a distributor and lined several prospects up in New York. Unfortunately, Maloney didn't live long enough to enjoy all the fruits of his success: he died of a heart attack in his New York hotel room at the age of 41. The film, Maloney's main contribution to the western genre, was released posthumously.

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agent [representative], bad-guy, cowboy, daughter, deal [agreement], good-guy, land-scheme, land-war, railroad, ranch, widow/widower