The Desert Hawk (1924)

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Poverty row entrepreneur Ben Wilson both produced and starred in this fanciful silent Western also featuring Charles Chaplin's first wife, Mildred Harris. Wilson played a cowboy falsely accused of killing the local sheriff (Leon de la Mothe, who also directed). Fleeing the law, Wilson obtains a job on Harris' ranch. The nasty foreman (Yakima Canutt) threatens to blow the whistle on the fugitive, but Wilson manages to capture the real culprit and clear his own name. Mildred Harris used the appellation of "Chaplin" long after her 1920 divorce. More a personality than an actress, she left Hollywood in favor of vaudeville at the advent of sound. She later returned and played unbilled bit parts.