The Bantam Cowboy (1928)

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Russet-haired boy rider Buzz Barton again plays Red Hepner in this average FBO oater, which was obviously geared toward the small fry. This time, the studio has provided little Red with an unscrupulous half-brother who conspires with the ubiquitous crooked foreman to sell the family homestead. Red and sidekick Sidewinder Steve (Frank Rice) of course manage to save the day and restore law and order. The not-so-original story for this sagebrush tale was provided by prolific western director Robert North Bradbury, the father of yet another FBO cowboy, Bob Steele. Leading lady Dorothy Kitchen later changed her name to Nancy Drexel and played the second female lead in German director F.W. Murnau's highly touted Four Devils (1929). The film was a notorious flop, however, and Drexel returned to the realm of "B"-westerns.

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bad-guy, brother, building, child, cowboy, damsel-in-distress, father, girl, good-guy, half-brother, plans, property, railroad