Ride for Your Life (1924)

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Based on a story by Johnston McCulley, the creator of Zorro, this above-average Universal western starred Hoot Gibson as a cowboy whose girlfriend (the delightful Laura La Plante) is being pursued by an unscrupulous saloon proprietor (Robert McKim). The oily villain now holds the deed to a ranch owned by a murdered friend of Gibson, but the somewhat rustic cowboy gets the last laugh -- as he always did -- and without a shot fired! Universal westerns like this one always came with superior casts culled from the studio's large contract roster. Laura La Plante, whose blond bob briefly became all the rage, went on to star in a series of sophisticated comedies and such Grand Guignol classics as The Cat and the Canary. Supporting player Fred Humes showed enough promise in this outing for the studio to award him a western series of his own.

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bad-guy, cowboy, gambling, good-guy, impersonation, land-scheme, land-war, outlaw [Western], ranch, romance