Set Free (1927)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Robust silent screen cowboy Art Acord played "Side Show" Saunders, a dog and pony show operator who takes a job as a store clerk in this average Universal "Blue Streak Western." At the general store, Saunders gets acquainted with lovely Holly Farrell (Olive Hasbrouck), so much so, in fact, that Holly's fiancée, Burke Tanner (Claude Payton), takes umbrage. Well aware of a possibly rich strike at Holly's Queen Mine, Tanner lures Saunders to a deserted hut, leaving the clerk bound and gagged to starve to death. The irrepressible Saunders, however, manages to alert his former co-stars, the horse Buddy and the dog Rex, who loosen a boulder which smashes into the hut thereby freeing Side Show. With not a moment to spare, Saunders arrives at the Queen Mine to save Holly from the evil Tanner. One of the young cowboys appearing in this film, Curley Witzel, showed so much promise that Universal starred him in a series of Western 2-reelers.