Rough Diamond (1921)

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Cowboy star Tom Mix wasn't afraid of playing for laughs, or even straying from the usual Western fare. Here he spoofs the mythical kingdom tales that were so popular in the silent era. Because he is singing on the job and flirting with a pretty girl, ranch hand Hank Sherman (Mix) is fired from his job. So he takes his trick mule and his horse and joins the circus, where he performs as a bareback rider, wearing a tutu and a wig. Attending the circus is pretty girl Gloria (Eva Novak), and her father, Emeliano Gomez (Hector Sarno), the deposed ruler of the kingdom of Bargravia. Gomez is looking for someone fearless who will help him lead a counter-revolution, and when he sees Sherman emerge the winner in a fight with some circus hands, he believes he has found his man. Because he wants to be near Gloria, Sherman accepts the job. He has a fierce opponent in Pedro Sachet (Edward Brady). He manages to escape Sachet's clutches and makes it to Bargravia, where he is called "General Motors." Once again he faces Sachet, but he manages to defeat him and restore Gomez to power. He wins Gloria in the bargain. Mix and director Edward Sedgwick wrote the story.

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bad-guy, cowboy, daughter, fiancee, good-guy, love, President, revolution, romance