Riding for Fame (1928)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Nearing the end of his lucrative contract with Universal, comedic cowboy Hoot Gibson starred as what he had been in real life: a champion bronc buster. Hired to break some horses, The Hooter is soon falsely accused of stealing money from his employer (Charles K. French) but his quick wits, superior riding skills and a great deal of luck rescue him from a rather sticky situation. As usual, Gibson was aided by a superior cast, which this time included future WAMPAS Baby Ethlyne Clair, rustic comic Slim Summerville (who also contributed the story) and, as the villain, veteran leading man Alan Forrest. A seemingly run-of-the-mill Gibson Western, Riding For Fame did have a somewhat troubled pre-production where Arthur Statter's original story was all but scrapped in favor of a new one written by director B. Reeves Eason and Summerville.

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cowboy, damsel-in-distress, escape, frame-up, homestead, honor [recognition], love, murder, rescue, romance