Silent Rider (1927)

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Often preferring sly comedy over straight Western action, Universal's number one cowboy ace, Hoot Gibson, went all out in this silent screen version of Katherine Newlin Burt's 1926 magazine story The Red-Headed Husband. The new cook at the Bar-Z Ranch, Marian Faer (Blanche Mehaffey), explains that she is looking for a red-headed husband. All the cowboys, including Jerry Alton (Gibson), dye their hair crimson, and Jerry even buys a small plot of land to further impress the discerning cook. All hopes seem dashed, however, with the arrival of Red Wender (Ethan Laidlaw), whose tonsorial splendor has the required color. Wenders, however, proves to be a payroll stealing crook who manages to frame the seemingly good-natured Jerry. But in the climactic fight, Jerry proves that hair color is no match for brute strength.