Ridin' Romeo (1921)

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Admired for his comedy timing as much as for his athleticism, cowboy star Tom Mix turned to out and out burlesque in this comedy of mores, which only masqueraded as a western. Mix played Jim Rose, a young ranch hand in love with the boss' daughter, Mabel (Rhea Mitchell). The rancher, King Brentwood (Harry Dunkinson), who is being sued for breach of promise by a local widow (Eugenie Forde, Mix's real-life mother-in-law), opposes the match. Learning that the annoying woman is coming to pay him a visit, Brentwood has his men fake a holdup of her stagecoach. Hoping to win the approval of his boss, Jim "saves" the widow from her "abductors." Charmed by this act of chivalry, Widow Farrell convinces Brentwood to let the youngsters marry. In this and several other "Westerns," Mix displayed a breezy charm that was compared favorably to Douglas Fairbanks.

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cowboy, daughter, love, provincial, ranch, romance