The Loaded Door (1922)

Genres - Action, Western  |  
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Hoot Gibson returns to his place of employment to find his former boss murdered and the man's son accused of a crime he didn't commit. A fiendish dope dealer (Joseph Harris), the mastermind behind these unfortunate events, has his chief henchman (Noble Johnson) kidnap the dead rancher's daughter. Gibson goes after the kidnapper full throttle, and the unusually taut western ends in an explosive climax when a door rigged with explosives detonates in the face of the fleeing master villain. The best performance in the film is offered by supporting actor Noble Johnson, a light-skinned African American who often portrayed Indians or, as here, "half-breeds." The leading lady, Gertrude Olmstead, later married MGM contract director Robert Z. Leonard.

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brother, criminal, daughter, girl, home, kidnapping, killing, rescue, return