Soft Boiled (1923)

Genres - Action, Comedy  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Western star Tom Mix enjoyed doing comedy as much as performing daring stunts on his horse, Tony, and this film, about a cowboy with temper tantrum problems, was played almost solely for laughs. Mix portrays Tom Steele, who after a great many scrapes finally learns how to control his temper. A rich uncle (Frank Beal) sets out to test the young man's resolve by promising him a huge reward if he can control his bad disposition for 30 days. After surviving -- barely -- a month's worth of insults, Mix receives his reward, only to destroy everything in sight in a fit of pent up frustration. Billie Dove, by many considered one of the most beautiful women ever to appear in films, co-starred as Mix's long suffering girlfriend. "The Dove," as she was called, later became the first of many Hollywood actresses to be romantically involved with legendary tycoon Howard Hughes. Tom Wilson, billed in the parlance of the day as "The Colored Butler," was Mix's man-servant off-screen as well.

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challenge, temper