The Last Chance (1926)

Genres - Action, Western  |  
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"I'm a roper, I'm a rider, I'm a singer, I'm a fighter, I'm a hard boiled son of a gun from Maricopa...That's me!" sings poverty-row cowboy Bill Patton (via an inter-title, of course) in the opening scene of this excruciatingly slow silent western. What he really is, however, is a post-office inspector masquerading as a dude cowboy, and he can only watch helplessly as Black Bart's gang robs the stage and kidnaps the driver (Harry O'Connor). Patton manages to become the gang's lookout and is soon able to arrest the whole lot. This is the kind of ultra-cheap western -- filmed for pennies on location in a dusty California village -- where the executive producer's name is misspelled in the opening credits! The title writer also confused a couple of the supporting players, so that Walter Patton, Bill's brother who plays the sheriff, is given the title of postmaster, a role actually played by Theodore Henderson. And so on.

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gangster, impersonation, infiltration, inspection, mail-robbery, post-office, robbery, undercover