Primal Law (1921)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Veteran silent star Dustin Farnum played a rancher whose land is being constantly depreciated because of cattle rustlings in this lavish Western produced by Fox. When Carson (Harry Dunkinson), Brian Wayne's (Farnum) partner, is mortally wounded by the rustlers, Brian promises the dying man to look after his young son, Bobby (Frankie Lee). The child's nasty mother, La Belle (Rosita Marstini), is in cahoots with the rustlers and to shield Bobby from his mother's evil influence, Brian agrees to sell the ranch to Travers (Philo McCullough), the slick fiancé of newcomer Janice Webb (Mary Thurman). But Bobby discovers oil on the land and realizing he has been tricked, Brian tears up the deed. Travers takes the case in court but justice prevails and Brian is free to marry Janice, with whom he has fallen in love. Leading lady Mary Thurman was a former Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty whose career was decidedly on the upswing when she suddenly died in 1925 from bronchopneumonia.